Beach volleyball player Markéta Sluková-Nausch left in tears as Czech star misses Olympics due to positive Covid-19 result
Czech seashore volleyball gamers Markéta Sluková-Nausch and Barbora Hermannova are coming to phrases with being dominated out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as the European workforce grapples with a rising Covid-19 drawback.
Sluková-Nausch’s positive result was introduced on Thursday, as she grew to become the fifth member of the Czech Olympic workforce to have examined positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo.
“We cried, then we swore, then we cried again,” stated Sluková-Nausch, whose positive check additionally guidelines out her taking part in companion Hermannová from the Games.
“I am just hoping that no other athletes will follow us, because I think that something like this is a nightmare for any athlete, for any Olympian, who gets this far, this close to the Olympic competition,” added Sluková-Nausch.
Later on Thursday, a sixth member of the Czech workforce – bicycle owner Michal Schlegel – examined positive, in accordance to the Czech Olympic Committee (COC), which has launched an investigation into the alleged breaking of Covid-19 guidelines on a constitution flight from Prague to Tokyo on the finish of final week.
Simon Nausch, who’s Sluková-Nausch’s coach and husband, additionally examined positive on Tuesday.
“I know that many much worse things are happening around the world right now, but truthfully, in our own sporting micro-world, the world we have lived in and are living in now, it is extremely sad for Bára [Barbora Hermannova] and I that our journey to Tokyo, the journey that was meant to be a pinnacle, had to end in this way,” stated Sluková-Nausc in an announcement offered to CNN by her consultant.
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Sluková-Nausch prepares to serve in opposition to Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada.
Tokyo was due to be the third Games for Sluková-Nausch and the second for Hermannová. The pair had been scheduled to open the Olympic ladies’s seashore volleyball event in opposition to Japan on Saturday, July 24.
Following a report by the Czech on-line information web site Seznam Zpravy, the COC confirmed that the primary member of the Czech delegation to Tokyo to check positive for the virus was one of many workforce’s docs, Vlastimil Voracek.
Voracek examined positive after the workforce’s arrival in Tokyo. His earlier check, taken the day earlier than departing for Tokyo, was adverse.
Following a report in Czech media that he had not been vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 regardless of being eligible for the shot and even supposing the COCe “strongly encouraged” all individuals to get vaccinated, Voracek issued an announcement in which he denied breaking any guidelines.
“The organizers stipulated their rules for athletes and those accompanying them. Vaccination was voluntary,” he stated in the assertion quoted by the Czech official information company CTK.
Voracek travelled to Tokyo from Prague on a particular chartered flight final week. Five different passengers from the flight, together with 4 Czech athletes, have since examined positive for the virus.
The assertion from Voracek got here simply as the COC introduced bicycle owner Schlegel had examined positive for Covid-19 and gained’t have the ability to take part in his race.
The result of the COC’s investigation into the alleged breaking of Covid-19 guidelines on a constitution flight from Prague to Tokyo shall be printed inside 14 days.
Sluková-Nausch stated she found she traveled on a flight with a person who examined positive for Covid-19 proper after her arrival in Tokyo.
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Hermannova passes the ball to Sluková-Nausch.
“I was tested roughly eight times in the past 24 hours, some results were positive, some were ambiguous, some were negative, but unfortunately, the final verdict is that I’ve tested positive and that means that we will not be able to play at the tournament,” the 33-year-old added.
“It hurts terribly and I haven’t processed this whole situation yet and I don’t know how to deal with it all.”
The 33-year-old is the fifth member of the Czech Olympic workforce to have examined positive alongside Pavel Širuček and males’s seashore volleyball player Ondřej Perušič.
Filip Neusser, the Chairman of the Czech National Sport Agency, the federal government physique that’s in cost of sport funding, criticized the COC and stated the investigation should not be run by the committee itself.
“I have already agreed this with [the Czech health minister] Adam Vojtech, the investigation should be lead by experts from the centre for disease control,” Neusser stated in a Tweet.
David Trávníček, the head of Sport Invest Marketing, the company that represents Nausch Sluková and different athletes, stated the state of affairs was extraordinarily disappointing and blamed it on the Czech Olympic Committee.
“I’m extraordinarily dissatisfied with the state of affairs for the entire workforce, whose 5 years of effort and arduous work have now come to nothing.
“The way the infection occurred is absolutely incomprehensible to me,” added Trávníček.