Dutch athlete ‘speechless’ after testing positive for COVID-19

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Dutchman Reshmie Oogink (R) takes on Cambodian Seavmey Sorn in their women’s taekwondo qualifier in the +67 kg category as part of the Rio 2016 Olympics. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

TOKYO – Dutch taekwondo competitor Reshmie Oogink was stunned on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19, ending her Olympic dream before it even started.

“I am speechless,” said Oogink, who was scheduled to compete in the women’s +67 kg category, adding that she had worked hard to compete in the Games.

“I even overcame serious knee injuries and now that has suddenly come to an end. This is the end of my career,” said the 31-year-old.

The Dutch Olympic team has announced that a staff member of the Dutch rowing team has also tested positive. Both have started a 10-day quarantine.

Oogink, 29th in the World Taekwondo Olympic ranking, is the second Dutch Olympic athlete to test positive for COVID-19 after skateboarder Candy Jacobs was diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday.

Chef de Mission Pieter van den Hoogenband of the delegation says he is doing everything he can to keep infections to a minimum.

“Everyone knows very well what is in the script and that there are measures,” Van den Hoogenband told reporters late in the afternoon at a press conference.

“We arrange that. It is of course true that there is even more attention to really perfectly comply with it, but that was already the case.”

Oogink is not the first taekwondo player to test positive. A Chilean athlete was positive on Wednesday and planned to withdraw from the Games.

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