Olympic swimmer Michael Andrew “violated” COVID-19 protocols by not wearing a masks within the combined zone on the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, USOPC stated Friday.
It’s reviewing the matter with USA Swimming and “will take motion as wanted.”
The assertion, per USA Today: “Not wearing a masks is a violation of the covid mitigation protocols put in place by each the USOPC and TOCOG (the Tokyo Olympic organizers) – protocols we’ve got been adamant in following as a delegation. We’re presently reviewing this matter with the Nationwide Governing Physique and can take motion as wanted.”
Andrew is essentially the most well-known unvaccinated athlete on Crew USA, and whereas all of his teammates have worn masks within the combined zone, he elected not to, citing well being considerations.
“For me, it’s fairly onerous to breath in after form of sacrificing my physique within the water,” Andrew stated. “So I really feel like my well being is a bit more tied to having the ability to breath than defending what’s popping out of my mouth.
“…I believe it’s nice that there’s procedures, however on the finish of the day, all of us right here have been beneath quarantine and in the identical testing protocol. So there is a degree of security I am comfy with. After we’re racing, it is essential to get my oxygen.”
When requested once more, the 22-year-old stated there was “no motive” why he was not following the protocols, however that he would “throw it on after I’m finished right here.” He continued, saying it was troublesome to talk with it on.
Andrew is the American report holder within the 100-meter breaststroke, however he has did not medal in two occasions at 2020 Tokyo. He revealed a number of weeks in the past he selected not to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order that it did not intervene together with his coaching schedule. He completed fifth within the males’s 200-meter particular person medley Friday morning.
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