Tokyo, Jul 25 (EFE).- World number one Jon Rahm was ruled out of the golf competition at Tokyo 2020 after he tested positive for Covid-19, the Spanish Olympic committee (COE) confirmed on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Spaniard tested positive during the final mandatory testing protocol, following his recent participation in the Open Championship in the United Kingdom.
“The positive has been detected by undergoing a third consecutive PCR test, mandatory for all those who have been recently in the United Kingdom, as is the case of Jon Rahm, who has just played The Open,” the COE said in a statement.
United States golf player Bryson DeChambeau, number six in world rankings, has also tested positive before heading out to the Japanese capital to represent his country and will also miss the Games.
Rahm and DeChambeau had the best odds to win the gold medal in Tokyo, alongside US athletes Justin Thomas and recent British Open winner Collin Morikawa.
Earlier last month, Rahm tested positive for the virus and was forced to pull out from the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament in which he was leading by six strokes. EFE