Dutch athlete ‘speechless’ after testing positive for COVID-19


Netherlands’ Reshmie Oogink (R) competes against Cambodia’s Seavmey Sorn during their women’s taekwondo qualifying bout in the +67kg category as part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

TOKYO—Dutch taekwondo competitor Reshmie Oogink was lost for words on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19, ending her Olympic dream before it even began.

“I am speechless,” said Oogink, who was scheduled to compete in the women’s +67 kg category, adding that she had worked hard to participate in the Games.

“I even overcome major knee injuries and now it has come to a sudden end. This is the end of my career,” the 31-year-old said.

The Dutch Olympic team said that a staff member of the country’s rowing team had also tested positive. Both have begun a 10-day quarantine.

Oogink, 29th in World Taekwondo’s Olympic ranking, is the second Dutch…

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