TOKYO – Dutch taekwondo competitor Reshmie Oogink was left speechless on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19, ending her Olympic dream even before it began.
“I am speechless,” said Oogink, who was scheduled to compete in the women’s +67 kg category, adding that she had worked hard to participate in the Games.
“I even overcame major knee injuries and now it has come to a sudden end. This is the end of my career, ”said the 31-year-old.
The Dutch Olympic team said a staff member from the country’s rowing team had also tested positive. Both have started a 10-day quarantine.
Oogink, 29th in the Taekwondo World Olympic Rankings, is the second Dutch Olympian to test positive for COVID-19 after skater Candy Jacobs was found to have the virus on Wednesday.
The delegation’s head of mission, Pieter van den Hoogenband, said they were doing everything possible to keep infections to a minimum.
“Everyone knows very well what is in the playbook and that there are measures,” Van den Hoogenband told reporters at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
“We manage. Of course, it is true that there is more attention to fulfill it perfectly, but that was already the case. “
Oogink is not the first taekwondo player to test positive. A Chilean athlete on Wednesday tested positive and planned to withdraw from the Games.
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