Russia's Ilya Borodin, winner of gold within the 400 meter medley on the 2021 European Championships, says he has "accepted the scenario" after being advised he will not be competing in Tokyo after testing constructive for Covid-19. </p><div><p>Russian Olympics Committee President Stanislav Pozdnyakov confirmed that Borodin will likely be absent from Russia's delegation to the Japanese capital on Wednesday, saying in an announcement: "<em>It's sincerely a disgrace that Ilya Borodin should miss the Olympics due to a constructive Covid take a look at. </em>
“I want him good well being and a speedy restoration. It is a loss for the crew and unlucky for Ilya.
“On the identical time, it’s upsetting that the stringent measures taken on the remaining stage of the crew’s preparation in Vladivostok didn’t present the specified end result.”
Information of Borodin’s Covid-mandated absence was confirmed to the TASS information company by the primary vice-president of the All-Russian Swimming Federation Viktor Avdienko, who stated: “Borodin has a constructive PCR take a look at. All the principles have been noticed, he was instantly remoted, he had no contacts. The remainder of the crew was examined, all of us have two adverse exams.”
Avdienko additionally confirmed that the rest of the crew is because of fly to Tokyo on Thursday.
The lack of the Borodin is a seismic one for the Russian Olympic crew, with the 18-year-old European champion thought-about one of many nation’s greatest medal hopes – however in his first feedback following the information he will likely be compelled to overlook his first-ever Olympics, Borodin appeared to take the information in his stride.
“By way of well being, I really feel good, I’ve no signs and no painful sensations, I’m in glorious situation,” he stated to Match TV.
“I can not even think about the place I might have picked up an an infection, nobody is aware of this. We principally didn’t stroll wherever, we walked a bit of in Vladivostok on Sunday and that is it, I by no means went wherever additional than the lodge and the pool. I simply do not know the place and the way I caught the coronavirus.
“I realized in regards to the constructive take a look at within the night and took it uneasily. When you known as me final evening, I’d not be capable of say something, as we speak I’ve already accepted this example.”
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The continued Covid-19 pandemic has already induced havoc for the Olympics, forcing its postponement from final summer season with ongoing issues even main organizers to recommend that complete occasion might doubtlessly be cancelled on the eleventh hour.
Circumstances of Covid-19 have risen in Tokyo in latest weeks and with the Japanese metropolis remaining in a state of emergency forward of Friday’s opening ceremony, plans have been lately shelved to permit small units of followers attend numerous occasions – with these now set to happen in empty stadia.
In response to the AP, as of Tuesday 71 instances of Covid-19 had been acknowledged amongst individuals linked to the Olympics in Japan because the starting of July – with latest opinion polls suggesting that as a lot as 80% of the Japanese populace disapproved with the Olympics continuing amid the worsening Covid-19 scenario.