A pair of athletes have become the first to be ruled out of the Olympics with COVID after arriving in Japan

Chilean taekwondo athlete Fernanda Aguirre and Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs
The pair will now isolate for 10 days. LUIS ACOSTA/AFP via Getty Images and Vladimir SmirnovTASS via Getty Images.
  • A taekwondo athlete and skateboarder have become the first athletes at the Olympics to be ruled out with COVID.
  • The pair both tested positive in the Olympic Village as the number of Games-related cases rose to 81.
  • Many athletes have withdrawn before flying to Japan, but they are the first to do so since arriving in Tokyo.
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Chilean taekwondo athlete Fernanda Aguirre and Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs have become the first Olympians to be ruled out of Tokyo 2020 after testing positive for COVID since arriving in Japan.

The 21-year-old Aguirre was due to compete in her Olympic debut on Sunday in the 57kg category, but instead will undergo a 10-day quarantine.

Jacobs’ event, the women’s street event, is scheduled for Monday and speaking to Dutch media, the 31-year-old said she was “devastated.”

“We were ready for the Games, I feel fit and now it’s over.” Jacobs said.

COVID levels in the Olympic Village have been on the rise as more athletes arrive and Aguirre and Jacobs are not the only competitors to have been infected.

Czech beach volleyball player Ondrej Perusic followed South African footballers Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi in testing positive, but all three should still be able to compete as their events are scheduled after their 10-day quaratine.

In the South African soccer camp, 24 members are now isolating following Monyane and Mahlatsi’s, as well as a member of staff’s, positive test.

Additionally, six British athletes are self-isolating having come into contact with someone who had COVID but have all tested negative so far.

A number of other athletes, including American tennis phenom Coco Gauff, pulled out of the games before flying to Japan because of positive tests. On Wednesday, world number one skeet shooter Amber Hill of Team GB was forced to withdraw after a positive COVID test before flying to Tokyo.

The number of positive cases in relation to Games-associated people has risen to 81 but speaking on Monday, a spokesperson for the games told CNN that the number was low compared to the amount of people arriving.