U.S. Gymnast Kara Eaker and Basketball Player Katie Lou Samuelson Test Positive for Covid-19 ahead of Olympics


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(CNN) — Two US athletes have tested positive for coronavirus days before the start of the Tokyo Olympics. Kara Eaker, a member of the US gymnastics team, tested positive Sunday, her father confirmed to CNN affiliate KMBC by telephone on Monday morning. And Katie Lou Samuelson, a member of the US Olympic 3×3 women’s basketball team, announced on Instagram that she will not be able to compete in the Games after being diagnosed with Covid-19. In addition, Zach LaVine of the US Olympic men’s basketball squad will not travel with the team to Japan on Monday as planned because of health and safety protocols, USA Basketball announced. No other details were released, but USA Basketball said it was hopeful LaVine will be able to join the team later this week. The incidents represent the broader challenges in holding the Olympics in the midst of a pandemic. The Olympics’ opening ceremony is Friday and the gymnastics competition is scheduled for Saturday through August 3. Eaker, an 18-year-old alternate member of the gymnastics team, recently arrived in Japan for the Games. Despite displaying no symptoms and being vaccinated, Eaker had multiple tests come back positive after she arrived in Japan, her father,...