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TOKYO — American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb confirmed on social media Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan and will miss the Tokyo Olympics.
Crabb, 29, wrote in an Instagram post that he is fully vaccinated and currently has no symptoms. He is the first U.S. athlete to be ruled out of competing at the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19 in Japan.
“I’ve faced adversity before, and I will face it again, but it doesn’t take the sting out of the situation,” Crabb wrote in the post.
Crabb said Tri Bourne will take his place on Team USA, teaming up with partner Jake Gibb. The duo’s first match is scheduled for Sunday.
The Orange County Register and an NBC affiliate in Los Angeles first reported Crabb’s positive test Wednesday.
USA Volleyball initially confirmed in a statement that one of its members tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival but declined to provide any other additional details, including the identity of the person.
“The health and safety of our athletes, coaches and staff is our top priority,” the organization said in a statement. “We can confirm that a member of Team USA tested positive upon their arrival into Japan. In alignment with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel. Out of respect for the individual’s privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time.”
USA Volleyball added that “there are protocols in place for a replacement athlete and we are pursuing that option.”
“However nothing has been confirmed yet,” it said.
A Honolulu, Hawaii native, Crabb was named the national player of the year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association in 2013, when he was at Long Beach State, and he has been a staple on the professional tour in recent years.
Crabb comes from a volleyball-crazed family. His father, Chris, played professional indoor volleyball and his uncle, Tony, was an assistant coach on the U.S. team that won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Crabb’s brother, Trevor, also plays professionally. In fact, Bourne, the replacement who is now reportedly headed to Tokyo, is his regular playing partner.
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