Team England boss de mission Mark England has confirmed an athlete has been sent home from the Commonwealth Games after testing positive for coronavirus.
The athlete, who was not named for reasons of medical confidentiality, failed the test upon arrival in Birmingham and is currently asymptomatic.
A second athlete, who initially returned a positive test for the virus, was cleared to compete in the Games after further testing.
England said they hoped the affected athlete – who had the choice of going home or entering an isolation facility – still had time to return a negative sample and return to Birmingham in time for his event.
“The athlete has gone home and will be tested through the usual protocols until they reach the required safety levels,” England said.
“Given the levels they’re showing, we’re pretty confident they’ll be back in the game.”
Team GB avoided any positive ‘domestic’ tests at both the Tokyo Games – where England was also chef de mission – and the Beijing Winter Olympics earlier this year.
However, England admitted it was “inevitable” that there would be positive tests among the hundreds of Team England members going through the process because “the world is in a different place with the virus”.
The Birmingham Organizing Committee is not releasing any official figures of positive Covid cases. However, one athlete from Northern Ireland was understood to have already withdrawn from the Games due to the coronavirus, while New Zealand confirmed one of its athletes is currently in isolation.
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