‘We cried, then we swore, then we cried once more’: Czech seaside volleyball participant on lacking Olympics because of constructive Covid-19 consequence

'We cried, then we swore, then we cried again': Czech beach volleyball player on missing Olympics due to positive Covid-19 result


Sluková-Nausch’s constructive consequence was introduced on Thursday, as she turned the fifth member of the Czech Olympic group to have examined constructive for Covid-19 in Tokyo.

“We cried, then we swore, then we cried again,” mentioned Sluková-Nausch, whose constructive take a look at additionally guidelines out her enjoying companion Hermannová from the Games.

“I am just hoping that no other athletes will follow us, because I think that something like this is a nightmare for any athlete, for any Olympian, who gets this far, this close to the Olympic competition,” added Sluková-Nausch.

The Czech Olympic Committee (COC) introduced on Thursday it has launched an investigation into the alleged breaking of Covid-19 guidelines on a constitution flight from Prague to Tokyo on the finish of final week.

Simon Nausch, who’s Sluková-Nausch’s coach and husband, additionally examined constructive on Tuesday.

“I know that many much worse things are happening around the world right now, but truthfully, in our own sporting micro-world, the world we have lived in and are living in now, it is extremely sad for Bára [Barbora Hermannova] and I that our journey to Tokyo, the journey that was meant to be a pinnacle, had to end in this way,” mentioned Sluková-Nausc in an announcement supplied to Source by her consultant.

Tokyo was because of be the third Games for Sluková-Nausch and the second for Hermannová. The pair have been scheduled to open the Olympic ladies’s seaside volleyball event in opposition to Japan on Saturday, July 24.

‘It hurts terribly’

Following a report by the Czech on-line information website Seznam Zpravy, the COC confirmed that the primary member of the Czech delegation to Tokyo to check constructive for the virus was one of many group’s medical doctors, Vlastimil Voracek.

Voracek examined constructive after the group’s arrival in Tokyo. His earlier take a look at, taken the day earlier than departing for Tokyo, was unfavorable.

The results of the COC’s investigation into the alleged breaking of Covid-19 guidelines on a constitution flight from Prague to Tokyo might be printed inside 14 days.

Sluková-Nausch mentioned she found she traveled on a flight with a person who examined constructive for Covid-19 proper after her arrival in Tokyo.

Hermannova passes the ball to Sluková-Nausch.

“I was tested roughly eight times in the past 24 hours, some results were positive, some were ambiguous, some were negative, but unfortunately, the final verdict is that I’ve tested positive and that means that we will not be able to play at the tournament,” the 33-year-old added.

“It hurts terribly and I haven’t processed this whole situation yet and I don’t know how to deal with it all.”

The 33-year-old is the fifth member of the Czech Olympic group to have examined constructive alongside Pavel Širuček and males’s seaside volleyball participant Ondřej Perušič.

‘Absolutely incomprehensible’

Filip Neusser, the Chairman of the Czech National Sport Agency, the federal government physique that’s accountable for sport funding, criticized the COC and mentioned the investigation should not be run by the committee itself.

“I have already agreed this with [the Czech health minister] Adam Vojtech, the investigation should be lead by experts from the centre for disease control,” Neusser mentioned in a Tweet.

David Trávníček, the pinnacle of Sport Invest Marketing, the company that represents Nausch Sluková and different athletes, mentioned the state of affairs was extraordinarily disappointing and blamed it on the Czech Olympic Committee.

“I am extremely disappointed with the situation for the whole team, whose five years of effort and hard work have now come to nothing.

“The means the an infection occurred is totally incomprehensible to me,” added Trávníček.

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