Taylor Crabb, 29, is out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19

By Jason Duaine Hahn
Updated July 22, 2021 09:31 AM
Taylor Crabb
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A rising number of athletes from around the world are testing positive for COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics, and Team USA's volleyball team is the latest to be be affected.

U.S. volleyball player Taylor Crabb confirmed on Thursday morning that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and will be missing out on the Olympic Games. The 29-year-old will be replaced by Tri Bourne, who arrived in Japan on Wednesday, the Orange County Register reported.

"After taking every precaution, getting vaccinated & following protocols, I have tested positive for COVID-19. I'm symptom-free, thankfully, but deeply disappointed to not be able to join Jake on the sand and compete as a member of Team USA," he wrote in a statement shared on social media. "I've faced adversity before, and I will face it again, but it doesn't take the sting out of the situation."

"Tri Bourne, an incredible athlete, person and close friend will be competing alongside Jake and filing my spot on Team USA. While there is no question that I'm devastated to not be competing, I've now taken on a new role - supporting my new team Rich, Jake and Tri," he added. "I want to send positive vibes and negative test results to all athletes here in Tokyo." 

Alongside that statement, Crabb also thanked everyone who had reached out to him in support. "Thank you for all the kind and supportive messages. I appreciate every single one," he captioned the post.

While USA Volleyball previously confirmed a player on the team tested positive for the respiratory disease, they did not name the player for privacy concerns.

"The health and safety of our athletes, coaches and staff is our top priority. We can confirm that a member of Team USA tested positive upon their arrival into Japan," USA Volleyball said, according to CNN.

In comments made to KNBC, Crabb's brother, volleyball player Trevor Crabb, said his brother is "fine and healthy and should be allowed to play," while describing the situation as "terrible."

A Czech volleyball player also tested positive and will miss his first match, the Register said. Crabb and his volleyball partner, Jake Gibb, were to face Italy on Sunday night.

On Tuesday, United States women's gymnastics alternate Kara Eaker tested positive while in an Olympic training camp, according to the Associated Press. Her personal coach, Al Fong, said Eaker received a vaccination two months ago.

Tennis player Coco Gauff, 17, withdrew from her first Olympics on Sunday after testing postive for COVID-19. According to NBC News, nearly 80 people connected to the Games have tested positive for COVID-19 at the event so far.

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The Olympics were due to take place in the summer of 2020 but were rescheduled due to the pandemic. Numerous safety protocols are now in place, including a ban on all spectators. 

Japan recently declared a state of emergency in Tokyo as COVID-19 cases surged in the host city.

To learn more about all the Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, visit TeamUSA.org. Watch the Tokyo Olympics beginning July 23 and the Tokyo Paralympics beginning Aug. 24 on NBC.