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Great Britain shooter Amber Hill has withdrawn from the Olympic Games after testing positive for coronavirus prior to her departure to Tokyo, Team GB has announced.
Hill becomes the first Brit to be ruled out of the Games through Covid and no replacement will be sent to Japan in her place.
The 23-year-old was due to compete in the women's skeet competition, in which she was a finalist at Rio 2016. She is currently the world no.1 in the discipline and was tipped to pick up a medal.
"There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now," she said.
"After five years of training and preparation, I’m absolutely devastated to say that last night I received a positive Covid-19 test, meaning I’ve had to withdraw from Team GB’s shooting team.
Hill in action at the 2016 Olympics in Rio
"Although I don’t have any symptoms, I will now isolate as per the Government guidance.
"I would like to wish the best of luck to all of Team GB who are out in Tokyo, especially the shooting team who have supported me massively throughout my career.
"I will be back from this, but right now I need some time to reflect and take in what has happened."
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Team GB Chef de Mission, Mark England, added: “My heart goes out to Amber, and we’re just sad for her that she is unable to join us in Tokyo. She is an incredibly gifted athlete and we dearly hope to see her again at a future Olympic Games.”
Shooting team leader Steven Seligmann also sent his support to Hill.
He said: "This is an incredibly sad situation for Amber after she’s worked so hard to earn her Olympic place for Team GB.
“Our focus is to now make sure Amber is kept safe and well, both physically and mentally, and we have the support in place to help her through this difficult period.”