Candy Jacobs, skateboarder and star of the sport of skateboarding, has been tested positive for COVID-19 at Tokyo. Limburger, 31, cannot therefore participate in the Olympic Games. This is the first positive test in Japan for the Dutch team.
Jacobs must be in quarantine for ten consecutive days following her positive test, according to the Games’ corona rules. On Monday, she will be able to take part in street sections. Tokyo is the first place in Tokyo where skateboarding is included on the Olympic program.
Keet Oldenbeuving (the other Dutch skateboarders who qualified for the Games) is allowed to take part on Monday. According to sports umbrella organization NOC * NSF, they have adhered to all the rules and followed the protocols well.
At the opening ceremony at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium on Friday, 16-year-old Oldenbeuving carried the Dutch flag with Churandy Marta.
Chef de mission Pieter van den Hoogenband says that it is a big disappointment for Candy. “She and her team are doing all they can to enforce and respect the rules. We try to eliminate any risk. The rest of the team can still participate in the Games. We will be there to support her during her quarantine.
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Several athletes tested positive at the Olympic village over the past week. On Sunday, two South African footballers were among the first to test positive. On Monday, Ondrej Perusic, a Czech beach volleyball player, joined.
Jacobs is the first Dutch Olympian to have a positive test in Tokyo. Rutger Koppelaar, a pole vault jumper, tested positive for corona virus in Tokyo before he left for Japan. He may miss the Games.
Tokyo is a testing ground for all athletes.