All the athletes who have dropped out of the Tokyo Olympics (so far)

Coco Gauff joins tennis stars Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer in pulling out of the Olympic Games. …

US tennis player and team captain Coco Gauff was a favorite to win medals at this summer’s Olympics. But yesterday (July 18), just days before she was set to compete in the first-round women’s singles in Tokyo, Gauff tested positive for Covid-19, and dropped out of the Games. It’s not clear whether Gauff, 17, is vaccinated.

Ineligibility, injury, and Covid-19

Gauff is the latest in a string of athletes who have dropped out of the Tokyo Games due to Covid-19 restrictions, injuries, or for mental health reasons. One in every eight volunteers has also dropped out.

Meanwhile, some athletes who planned to compete have become ineligible. In June, US track-and-field athlete Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended for a month by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after she tested positive for cannabis. Two female runners from Namibia, both with above-average natural testosterone levels, were banned from the 400 m under the same controversial World Athletics rule that has made South Africa’s Caster Semenya ineligible for the women’s 800 m since 2018.

The Olympic village

While Japan has set out strict rules to prevent the Games from becoming a super-spreader event, cases are beginning to pop up in the Olympic Village. Two footballers and a volleyball player from the South African and Czech Olympic teams tested positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo, but it’s not clear whether they will still be able to compete. A US gymnast also tested positive for Covid-19, according to a press release from the city of Inzai (link in Japanese).

The opening ceremony takes place on Friday, July 23 at 7am US eastern time (8pm local time). Below is a list of some of the big-name athletes who will not be there.

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