British shooter Amber Hill has retired from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after passing a positive COVID-19 test. She tested positive for the virus in the United Kingdom before leaving for Tokyo.
The 23-year-old Amber, ranked No. 1 in the world, had to compete in the women’s skit competition. She was a finalist at the Rio 2016 Olympics event. No replacement will be chosen to replace Amber at the moment. It will now isolate COVID-19 according to British guidelines.
“There are no words to describe how I feel at the moment,” Amber said in a statement from the British Olympic Committee. “After five years of training and preparation, I am absolutely devastated to say that last night I received a positive Covid-19 test, which means that I had to retire from the Team GB team.
She wished good luck to the GB team currently in Tokyo. “I’ll be back from this, but right now I need some time to think and figure out what happened,” Amber concluded.
“It’s an incredibly sad situation for Amber after she has worked so hard to win her Olympic seat on the GB team. Our focus now is to make sure Amber is safe and well, both physically and mentally, and we have the support to help her get through this difficult time, ”said GB shooting team leader Stephen Seligman.
Amber, a silver medalist in the British Community Scythian Games in 2018, won an Olympic quota by winning the women’s skiing competition at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi in March this year. In June, she won a bronze medal in the skete at the European Shooting Championships in Osijek, Croatia.