A day after posting the news of “Dreams Come True” on Instagram, Amber Hill became a nightmare for every Olympic athlete.
The number one British flying saucer shooter was forced to withdraw from the Olympics on Thursday morning after testing positive for Covid before leaving the UK.
“Broken up is the only way to describe the pain I feel right now,” Hill said.
“After testing positive for COVID 19 last night, I will not participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“Although I do not have any symptoms, I will now be quarantined in accordance with the government’s guidance and will take some time to start dealing with everything.”
Hill, the number one in the world, won the silver medal at the May Shooting World Cup and finished sixth at the 2016 Rio Olympics. “I was completely destroyed,” she added in a team statement.
The team said that as table tennis player Pavel Sirucek became the third member of the Czech delegation to test positive in the Athlete’s Village, she was one of four athletes whose dreams were shattered on Wednesday.
She said on social media that Chilean taekwondo player Fernanda Aguirre was “very depressed and very sad” after arriving in Japan from a training camp in Uzbekistan.
A statement from the Chilean Olympic Committee said: “(She) has no symptoms and is in good health, but unfortunately, due to the 10-day quarantine imposed by the Japanese authorities, she will not be able to participate in the competition.”
The 21-year-old woman who won the bronze medal at the 2019 Pan American Games was transferred to the isolation facility like her coach.
Meanwhile, Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs called herself “heartbroken” after she was also forced to quit.
Jacobs said on Instagram that she “has done everything I can to prevent this from happening and has taken all precautions.”
The 31-year-old said: “Unfortunately, I tested positive for Covid-19 this morning, which means that my Olympic journey is over.”
– With AFP