July 30, 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) – Trinidad and Tobago long jumper Andwuelle Wright and 400 metres hurdler Sparkle Ann McKnight have been withdrawn from the Tokyo Games after they tested positive for COVID-19, the country’s Olympic committee said on Friday.

The duo, along with athletics coach Wendell Williams who also tested positive for the coronavirus, have been moved into a quarantine facility, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee said in a statement.

The National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago did not immediately respond to questions over whether other members of the team have been impacted as close contacts – or moved into isolation – as a result.

The announcement comes after two pole vaulters — double world champion Sam Kendricks of the United States and Argentina’s German Chiaraviglio — were also ruled out of the Olympics earlier in the week after they tested positive for the virus.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in Tokyo, editing by Pritha Sarkar)