Brittany Amber Hill, the world’s No.1 skeet shooter, is absent from the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19 before leaving for the Games, The Great Britain team announced.
“After five years of training and preparation, I am absolutely devastated to say that last night I received a positive Covid-19 test which means I had to withdraw from the shooting team of the ‘GB team, “Hill said in a statement, adding that she has not experienced any symptoms. “I’ll be back from this, but for now I need some time to think about it and understand what happened.”
Hill, 23, was scheduled to fly to Tokyo on July 21, according to British Shooting. She is said to have competed in the skeet event, in which she was a finalist at the 2016 Olympics.
The Great Britain team have said they will not select an athlete to replace Hill in Tokyo.
“It’s an incredibly sad situation for Amber after working so hard to earn her Olympic spot for the GB team,” Steven seligmann, British shooting performance director said. “Our goal now is to make sure Amber is safe and healthy, both physically and mentally, and we have the support in place to help her through this difficult time.”