World No.1 skeet shooter Amber Hill is heartbroken after being ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Great Britain star Hill would have been a gold medal favourite but never even made it to Japan. She tested positive shortly before her scheduled departure and is now in isolation.
“Broken is about the only way to describe the pain I’m feeling right now,” Hill wrote on her Instagram account.
“After testing Positive for COVID 19 last night, I will not be competing at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“Although I have no symptoms, I will now isolate as per Government guidance and will be taking some time off to some how begin to process everything. Wishing all of @teamgb the very best of luck.”
Team GB tennis players Johanna Konta and Dan Evans have already withdrawn from the Games after testing positive for coronavirus.
Hill was sixth in her event at the Rio 2016 Olympics and the silver medallist at the World Cup in May.
Hill added in a separate statement: “There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now.
“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.
“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 said: “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.”
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