American Pole Vaulter Sam Kendricks Ruled Out of Olympics After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Pole vaulter and two-time reigning world champion Sam Kendricks will no longer represent the United States in the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19 on July 29.

“We are saddened to confirm that Sam Kendricks tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) confirmed on Twitter.

USOPC added that Kendricks has been transferred to a hotel to undergo quarantine.

“Sam is an incredible and accomplished member of Team USA and his presence will be missed. Out of respect for his privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time,” USOPC further said.

Kendricks’ father and coach, Scott, earlier announced his son’s positive test result in a now-deleted Instagram post and that the athlete “feels fine and has no symptoms.”

Kendricks’ close contacts have been immediately notified, according to the U.S. track and field team on Twitter.

The positive test result came two days before the start of the men’s pole vault competition on July 31.

Kendricks, 28, becomes the latest athlete in the U.S. delegation to be ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19. Others include beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb and gymnast Kara Eaker.

The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee reported 24 new COVID-19 cases linked to the Games — the highest daily count — on July 29. It brings the cumulative total to 193.

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