List of athletes not attending the 2020 Summer Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns

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A number of sportspeople eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo stated that they would not attend because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. In the case of tennis, media speculated that some absentees were unenthusiastic about competing in any case and used COVID-19 as a convenient excuse.[1][2]


Qualified but withdrew due to COVID-19 concerns

Sport Athlete Nat Ref
All sports North Korean athletes North Korea [3]
Artistic swimming Rose Stackpole Australia [4]
Basketball Andrew Bogut Australia [5]
Cycling Amy Cure Australia [6]
Equestrianism Eric Lamaze Canada [7]
Swimming Pieter Timmers Belgium [8]
Tennis Bianca Andreescu Canada [9]
Tennis Roberto Bautista Agut Spain [10]
Tennis Irina-Camelia Begu Romania [11]
Tennis Ričardas Berankis Lithuania [12]
Tennis Sorana Cîrstea Romania [11]
Tennis Federico Delbonis Argentina [13]
Tennis Laslo Đere Serbia [14]
Tennis Cristian Garín Chile [15]
Tennis Lloyd Harris South Africa [16]
Tennis Sofia Kenin United States [17]
Tennis Filip Krajinović Serbia [14]
Tennis Dušan Lajović Serbia [14]
Tennis Guido Pella Argentina [18]
Tennis Sam Querrey United States [19]
Tennis Casper Ruud Norway [20]
Tennis Emil Ruusuvuori Finland [21]
Tennis Denis Shapovalov Canada [22]
Tennis Dominic Thiem Austria [23]
Tennis Serena Williams United States [24]
Weightlifting All Samoan weightlifters Samoa [25]

Qualified but withdrew due to testing positive for COVID-19

Sport Athlete Nat Ref
Basketball Katie Lou Samuelson United States [26]
Beach Volleyball Taylor Crabb United States [27]
Beach Volleyball Marketa Nausch-Slukova Czech Republic [28]
Beach Volleyball Ondrej Perusic Czech Republic [29]
Cycling Simon Geschke Germany [30]
Cycling Michal Schlegel Czech Republic [28]
Football Kamohelo Mahlatsi South Africa [31]
Football James Monyane South Africa
Gymnastics Kara Eaker United States [32]
Shooting Amber Hill United Kingdom [33]
Skateboarding Candy Jacobs Netherlands [34]
Surfing Frederico Morais Portugal [35]
Swimming Ilya Borodin Russia [36]
Table Tennis Pavel Širuček Czech Republic [37]
Taekwondo Fernanda Aguirre Chile [38]
Taekwondo Reshmie Oogink Netherlands [39]
Tennis Alex de Minaur Australia [40]
Tennis Dan Evans United Kingdom [41]
Tennis Coco Gauff United States [42]
Tennis Johanna Konta United Kingdom [43]

See also


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  3. ^ Choe, Sang-hun (6 April 2021). "North Korea, citing the pandemic, will skip the Tokyo Olympics". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  4. ^ Butler, Steve (13 August 2020). "Coronavirus: Artistic swimmer Rose Stackpole retires after 2021 Tokyo Olympics were delayed due to COVID-19". The West Australian. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Andrew Bogut says no to Tokyo Olympics, details retirement". NBC Sports. 30 November 2020. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  6. ^ Houston, Michael (21 June 2020). "Three-time world champion Cure retires before Tokyo 2020". Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  7. ^ Pavitt, Michael (23 May 2021). "Olympic medallist Lamaze withdraws from consideration for Tokyo 2020 on health grounds". Retrieved 23 May 2021.
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  12. ^ "Ričardas Berankis apsisprendė: yra svarbesnių dalykų už olimpines žaidynes" [Ričardas Berankis decided: there are more important things than the Olympics]. (in Lithuanian).
  13. ^ "Delbonis se bajó de los Juegos Olímpicos" [Delbonis got off the Olympic Games] (in Spanish). TyC Sports. 11 June 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
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  25. ^ "Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Samoa withdraws weightlifters over Covid-19 curbs but other athletes to attend". Reuters. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  26. ^ "3x3 basketball-'Fully vaccinated' U.S. women's Samuelson out due to COVID-19". Reuters. 2021-07-20. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  27. ^ Durkee, Alison. "Beach Volleyball Player Taylor Crabb Latest U.S. Olympic Athlete To Test Positive For Covid-19". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  28. ^ a b "Czech beach volleyball player, cyclist COVID-positive, team launches investigation". Reuters. July 22, 2021.
  29. ^ "Czech beach volleyball player tests positive for Covid at Tokyo Olympic Village". The Independent. 2021-07-19. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  30. ^ July 2021, Cyclingnews 23. "Simon Geschke out of Tokyo Olympics after positive COVID-19 test".
  31. ^ "Tokyo Olympics: Two South Africa football players become first athletes to test positive for Covid-19 in village". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  32. ^ Rich, Motoko; Macur, Juliet; Abrams, Jonathan; Petri, Alexandra (2021-07-19). "A coronavirus cluster overshadows the run-up to the Games as a U.S. gymnast tests positive". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
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  34. ^ "Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs tests positive for COVID-19, out of Olympics | NBC Olympics". Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  35. ^ "Portuguese surfer Frederico Morais tests positive for COVID". The Seattle Times. July 23, 2021.
  36. ^ "Russian Champion Swimmer Borodin Out of Games After Positive COVID Test".
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  39. ^ "Olympics Taekwondo-Dutch athlete 'speechless' after testing positive for COVID-19". Reuters. July 22, 2021.
  40. ^ "'Shattered' tennis player Alex de Minaur pulls out of Australia's Olympic team after positive Covid test". the Guardian. 2021-07-16. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  41. ^ "Evans out of Tokyo Olympics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  42. ^ CNN, Amir Vera and Kevin Dotson. "Cori 'Coco' Gauff will miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19". CNN. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  43. ^ "Federer and Konta out of Tokyo Olympics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2021-07-21.

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