Tokyo Olympics: COVID-19 scraps beach volleyball match, sidelines German cyclist

TOKYO — The coronavirus continues to be a factor at the Tokyo Olympics.

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A beach volleyball match was canceled due to a member testing positive for COVID-19, and a German cyclist was ruled out of Saturday’s team race after a positive result.

The first match of the beach volleyball tournament was canceled when Markéta Sluková of the Czech Republic tested positive earlier this week, The Associated Press reported.

Sluková's positive result dropped her and partner Barbora Hermannova out of the competition, giving the Japanese team of Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishii a victory by default, according to the AP.

Sluková is one of at least three Czech team members who have tested positive since arriving in Japan, the AP reported.

The German Olympic Sports Confederation said that cyclist Simon Geschke tested positive in a hotel outside the Olympic Village, CNN reported.

“It is really tough to be taken out of the race so shortly before the competition,” Geschke said in a statement. “I have complied with all hygiene rules to the best of my knowledge and belief. I feel good physically, but emotionally it’s a very black day for me. All I can do now is to wish the guys a very strong race tomorrow.”

Geschke was staying in the hotel with 12 other athletes on the Radsport Straße team, according to CNN.

Those 12 athletes have tested negative for COVID-19, but Geschke’s roommate must test negative in order to participate, according to the news network.

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