Team USA Volleyball Player Taylor Crabb Tests Positive for COVID-19 at Tokyo Olympics

Taylor Crabb is the latest athlete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Village to test positive for COVID-19. Read why his brother thinks he should still play despite diagnosis.

By Elana Rubin Jul 21, 2021 11:41 PMTags
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Another positive COVID-19 case at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been reported, and this time, it's coming from Team USA's beach volleyball team.

Taylor Crabb, a 29-year-old athlete from Hawaii, has tested positive for coronavirus, NBC News reported. Crabb's diagnosis came days after Team USA Gymnastics athlete Kara Eaker, an alternate on the U.S. women's gymnastics team, and tennis player Coco Gauff also tested positive for the virus.

Taylor's brother, Trevor Crabb, told NBC News' Los Angeles affiliate that his sibling is "fine and healthy and should be allowed to play, in my personal opinion." The athlete has yet to speak on his diagnosis himself, but said he was "feeling" his "best" going into the sporting event in a July 11 Instagram post.

It was discovered that Crabb had contacted coronavirus last weekend when he arrived in Japan ahead of the Olympics, which officially begin on Friday, July 23. He is reportedly potentially returning to his home state of Hawaii.

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Numbers of COVID-19 cases related to the Tokyo Olympics continue to rise. Currently, there are almost 80 people who have tested positive, per a Reuters list.

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However, despite the influx of positive COVID-19 tests, the International Olympic Committee Chair Kirsty Coventry said in a July 20 statement, "The Village is looking great, the athletes are super excited. We've been hearing some very positive experiences from athletes I must say."

She also said, "Athletes are just happy to finally be here in Tokyo. They're looking forward to the competitions starting; they are very excited about the beautiful venues."

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