The Australian Olympic Committee confirmed on Friday that Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur is out of the team for the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive to COVID-19.
Ian Chesterman, who heads the Australian mission, said Sydneysider De Minaur had had his mandatory pre-tests, which had come back positive, which means we would not be able to join the team in Tokyo.
“We are very disappointed for Alex and he is shattered, not being able to come,” Chesterman said.
“It has been his dream to represent Australia at the Olympic Games since he was a child, but he sent his best wishes for the team.
“We do know that no other tennis players have had physical contact with Alex since he left Wimbledon on 5 July, where he tested negative.
“All other Australian players have tested negative since. We look forward to welcoming those athletes into our team.”
De Minaur was scheduled to play both singles and doubles in the Tokyo Olympics and was due to partner with John Peers in the men’s doubles event.
“The whole Olympic movement needs to make sure that when players, athletes arrive in Japan, they are in a situation where they are free of COVID-19,” Chesterman said.
“We need to protect this bubble and Alex has been caught up in that system, but it does show that the system is working — and while we will miss Alex, he understands the reasons why he cannot be with us.”
Nick Kyrgios had pulled out of Australia’s Olympic team following news that IOC had banned spectators in Tokyo.
Cases in Greece
In Greece, members of the Greek mission to the Tokyo Olympic Games tested positive to COVID-19.
The Greek Olympic Committee released a message that a team member from the sailing team tested positive to the virus and is self-isolating for 14 days.
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Apart from the confirmed case, other reports circulating in the press report that there may be three cases in total, two of which are athletes who were due to compete in the Games.