Olympic Games 2020: triathlete Jelle Geens, tested positive for Covid, will miss the individual event in Tokyo

Lhe triathlete Jelle Geens tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the Olympic Games. The athlete ranked 9th in the world rankings will therefore miss the individual event this Monday, July 26 in Tokyo. It is possible that the 28-year-old Louvanist could still participate in the mixed competition on Saturday July 31. “After experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, two weeks ago, he had a first test which turned out to be negative. He is waiting for the result of the second to be able to fly to Japan, ”Philippe Vander Putten, CEO of the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (COIB), said at noon in Tokyo on Friday. “In the meantime, he is in great shape, has no symptoms and continues to train in Belgium”.

Jelle Geens is the first Belgian selected to be a victim of Covid and deprived of competition at the Olympic Games due to the coronavirus. The OCIB did not know whether the athlete had been vaccinated or not.

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