The Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, world number one, will not be able to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics After testing positive for covid-19, the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) reported this Sunday.
Rahm’s positive, one of the strongest medal options for Spain, was “detected by undergoing a mandatory third consecutive PCR test for all those who have recently been to the UK, “stated the COE.
The Spanish golfer had finished third at the British Open on July 18, just before the Olympics.
The COE noted that the “first two PCR tests were negative.”
The positive is a hard blow for the Spanish golfer, who in recent weeks had repeatedly shown his enthusiasm for competing in the Tokyo Games 2020.
“You have the opportunity to be called an Olympian, something only reserved for a very select group of people in history, and if you also win a medal, especially a gold medal, you are part of an even more select group,” Rahm had said to the start of the British Open.
“In recent history, whoever wins will be the second with a gold medal, which for me is very, very attractive,” the Spaniard had added, referring to the return of golf in Rio-2016, after a brief inclusion at the beginning. 20th century.
Rahm has again been hit by covid-19 After last June he already had to withdraw from the PGA Memorial Tournament in the United States, when he was leading this competition, after testing positive for the virus.
On that occasion, the Spanish golfer was informed of his infection at the end of his round in the third round, although a few days later he made up his mind by becoming the first Spaniard to win the United States Open.
Without Rahm, Spain is left with only one representative in the Olympic tournament, since “without material time to find a substitute and comply with all the sanitary protocols that are required in the Tokyo Games, Spanish golf will only be represented, in the men’s category, by Adri Arnau”, said the COE.
In the female category, Spain is represented by Carlota Ziganda and Azahara Muñoz, who were already in Rio 2016.