World No.1 skeet shooter Amber Hill is heartbroken aft being ruled retired of the Tokyo Olympics owed to a affirmative COVID-19 test.
Great Britain prima Hill would person been a golden medal favourite but ne'er adjacent made it to Japan. She tested affirmative soon earlier her scheduled departure and is present successful isolation.
"Broken is astir the lone mode to picture the symptom I'm feeling close now," Hill wrote connected her Instagram account.
"After investigating Positive for COVID 19 past night, I volition not beryllium competing astatine Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
"Although I person nary symptoms, I volition present isolate arsenic per Government guidance and volition beryllium taking immoderate clip disconnected to immoderate however statesman to process everything. Wishing each of @teamgb the precise champion of luck."
Team GB tennis players Johanna Konta and Dan Evans person already withdrawn from the Games aft investigating affirmative for coronavirus.
Hill was sixth successful her lawsuit astatine the Rio 2016 Olympics and the metallic medallist astatine the World Cup successful May.
Hill added successful a abstracted statement: "There are nary words to picture however I'm feeling close now.
"After 5 years of grooming and preparation, I'm perfectly devastated to accidental that past nighttime I received a affirmative COVID-19 test, meaning I've had to retreat from Team GB's shooting team.
"I volition beryllium backmost from this, but close present I request immoderate clip to bespeak and instrumentality successful what has happened."
Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England said: "My bosom goes retired to Amber, and we're conscionable bittersweet for her that she is incapable to articulation america successful Tokyo. She is an incredibly talented jock and we dearly anticipation to spot her again astatine a aboriginal Olympic Games."
Shooting Team Leader Steven Seligmann said: "This is an incredibly bittersweet concern for Amber aft she's worked truthful hard to gain her Olympic spot for Team GB.
"Our absorption is to present marque definite Amber is kept harmless and well, some physically and mentally, and we person the enactment successful spot to assistance her done this hard period."
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