×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Tags: Coronavirus | american | pole vaulter | sam kendricks | tokyo | olympics | coronavirus

US Pole Vaulter Sam Kendricks Out of Olympics After Positive COVID Test

US Pole Vaulter Sam Kendricks Out of Olympics After Positive COVID Test
Winner U.S. athlete Sam Kendricks celebrates with the U.S. flag after the final of the men's pole vault athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on Aug. 8, 2017. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

Thursday, 29 July 2021 07:03 AM

U.S. pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, a world champion tipped for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, has tested positive for coronavirus and is out of the Games as the host nation struggles with its worst virus surge yet.

Kendricks is not among the three athletes whose infections were announced by organizers earlier Thursday, a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee spokesman said. His case will be reflected in the daily count on Friday.

The latest cases among athletes come as Tokyo and its surrounding areas experience a worsening virus wave. The capital found 3,865 new cases Thursday, the third record in as many days, while the national daily infection rate is expected to top 10,000 for the first time, broadcaster NTV said.

With no plans to suspend the Games, the government is considering expanding the state of emergency in Tokyo to cover three nearby prefectures, NTV said, citing an unidentified ruling party official. The government is also considering whether to extend the emergency in Tokyo and the southern island of Okinawa beyond its current scheduled end of Aug. 22, the broadcaster said.

Organizers announced 24 new cases associated with the games Thursday — eight higher than the previous day — bringing to 193 the total number of infections as reported by the organizing committee. The three other athletes who tested positive were staying in the Olympic Village, but no further details were given about them. So far, the majority of games-related infections have been among residents of Japan.

Kendricks’s infection also forced Australia’s 63-strong track and field team to go into isolation briefly, after an athlete was confirmed as a close contact of the 2016 bronze medalist. The whole team has now been cleared to compete after testing negative, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

© Copyright 2021 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.


Newsfront
U.S. pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, a world champion tipped for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, has tested positive for coronavirus and is out of the Games as the host nation struggles with its worst...
american, pole vaulter, sam kendricks, tokyo, olympics, coronavirus
291
2021-03-29
Thursday, 29 July 2021 07:03 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
More Articles
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App