WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Tennis prodigy Coco Gauff of Team USA tested positive for COVID-19.
- She won’t be able to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
- 60% of people in Japan want the Summer Olympics to be canceled.
Coco Gauff announced on Twitter that she won’t be playing in the Tokyo Olympics after she tested positive for COVID-19.
The 17-year-old tennis prodigy’s statement read: “I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and won’t be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.”
Gauff said she has always dreamed of representing the USA at the Olympics and is hoping to have many more chances of making her dream come true.
Earlier this month, Gauff was chosen for Team USA in women’s singles based on her rankings out of the French Open, making her the youngest Olympic tennis player since Mario Ančić first played at the 2000 Sydney Olympics at 16 years old.
In July 2019, 15-year-old Gauff defeated her “idol” Serena Williams.
She told People then that she always dreamed of winning tournaments and winning slams, but that she was not prepared for the off-the-court effects of her overnight fame. However, she’s grateful to be given a platform that she hopes to use the right way.
Gauff’s withdrawal from the Olympics comes after two other athletes in the Olympic village — Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi from the football team of South Africa, tested positive for COVID-19.
Around 11,000 athletes and thousands of staff are expected lodge in the Olympic village, but International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach assured that there is “zero” risk of Japanese residents contracting COVID-19 from the athletes.
Tokyo declared a state of emergency and spectators are not allowed to attend the Summer Olympics. All athletes, regardless of their vaccination status, are also required to wear face masks inside the Olympic village.
About 10,000 unpaid Olympic volunteers previously pulled out of the event due to COVID-19 concerns. A recent study also found that almost 60 percent of Japanese people want the Summer Olympics to be canceled due to the pandemic.