British shooter Amber Hill has withdrawn from the Olympic Games after testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK prior to her departure.
Hill is ranked No.1 in women’s skeet shooting and was deemed a serious contender for a medal in Tokyo, having been a finalist at Rio 2016.
The British Olympic Association confirmed Hill’s positive test and added there would be no replacement for the 23-year-old.
“There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” said Hill.
“After five years of training and preparation, I’m absolutely devastated to say that last night I received a positive Covid-19 test, meaning I’ve had to withdraw from Team GB’s shooting team.
“Although I don’t have any symptoms, I will now isolate as per the Government guidance.
“I would like to wish the best of luck to all of Team GB who are out in Tokyo, especially the shooting team who have supported me massively throughout my career.
“I will be back from this, but right now I need some time to reflect and take in what has happened.”
Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England said: “My heart goes out to Amber, and we’re just sad for her that she is unable to join us in Tokyo.
“She is an incredibly gifted athlete and we dearly hope to see her again at a future Olympic Games.”
Shooting team leader Steven Seligmann added: “This is an incredibly sad situation for Amber after she’s worked so hard to earn her Olympic place for Team GB.
“Our focus is to now make sure Amber is kept safe and well, both physically and mentally, and we have the support in place to help her through this difficult period.”
Hill becomes the third Team GB member to be ruled out of the Games after testing positive for coronavirus, following the withdrawals of tennis pair Johanna Konta and Dan Evans earlier this month.