Knott and Watanabe join other PH bets at the Tokyo Games

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MANILA, Philippines – Kristina Knott and judoka Kimi Watanabe received their soccer jerseys for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to begin in less than a month, but the Filipino-American sprinter’s preparations hit a snag Wednesday after her team learned she had tested positive for COVID-19 and would have to stay in isolation for five days in Sweden.

Knott’s coach, Rohsan Griffin, said his step-son had tested positive for the virus in Karlstad, where they received news that the Southeast Asian Women’s 200m champion had qualified for Tokyo through the world base.

“Physically, she’s not affected, so it won’t affect our overall preparation. I’m more worried about her mentally. I’m more worried about her now as a person and not as a person,” said Griffin, who rode a car for three hours and had lunch with Nout and hurdles player Eric Cray before Nout’s result came out. as an athlete.

Others test negative

Watanabe, a Filipino-Japanese silver medalist at the 2018 Asian Games, secured Olympic status with a continental share in the women’s middleweight class (63kg).

Ranked No. 41 in her division, the 24-year-old from Mandaue City, Cebu, is one of six to have the continental stakes.

Based on the IJF website, two continental quotas were awarded in Asia in the Watanabe weight category with Uzbekistan’s Varangis Khojiyeva taking second place.

Watanabe is a four-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist.

Kray, who hopes to race in another qualifying event in the men’s 400m hurdles on Sunday in Finland, tested negative and Griffin tested negative. Knott was not allowed to race at her pet event in Karlstad.

delta variable?

Nutt was vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine early this month and her team has no idea where she might have contracted the virus. But Griffin suspects she caught the delta species, which was first discovered in India and is now widespread in Europe.

First, she must be acquitted after five days of confinement and taken out of here. ‘We want to get back to the task of preparing it for Tokyo,’ said Griffin.

With her current situation, Knott will have to forgo another championship on Sunday in Finland and will return to Florida before traveling to Austin, Texas, for another round of health protocols before her trip to Tokyo on July 18.

Asked about Knott’s chances for a medal at the Olympics, Griffin said: “Anything can happen يحدث [in the Olympics]. This has been determined within the past 18 months. ”

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