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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Taylor Crabb tests positive for COVID-19, possibly ruled out of Tokyo Olympics in beach volleyball

TOKYO – US beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb has tested positive for COVID-19 and will likely miss the Olympic Games, a Southern California newsgroup has learned.

According to a person familiar with the situation, Crab tested positive soon after arriving in Japan over the weekend. While a replacement has not been officially named, former USC standout Tri Bourne was flying to Tokyo in Japan Tuesday afternoon US time/Wednesday.

Krabbe, 29, and his partner Jake Gibb, 45, were scheduled to play Italy’s Enrico Rossi and Adrian Carambula in an Olympic Games preliminary stage match on Sunday night at Shiokase Park next to Tokyo Bay.

Czech beach volleyball player Ondj Perucic has also tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss his opening match.

According to Tokyo 2020 records, sixty-nine people associated with the Olympic Games have tested positive for COVID-19, including six athletes in the Tokyo area since July 1. An unnamed athlete tested positive in Japan on Tuesday and was placed in a 14-day quarantine. Another unnamed athlete was placed in a 14-day quarantine in Japan on Wednesday, according to Tokyo 2020 records.

USA Volleyball was halted at the airport for 18 hours after arriving in Tokyo on Sunday and required to take a second COVID-19 test. Hours later, Gibb was seen training in Tokyo without Crabbe. Another American beach player Nick Lucena was also seen training without his teammate Phil Dalhauser. The Dalhauser was supposed to be on the same flight as the Crab.

The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee did not respond to a request for comment.

Crab’s positive test confirmed just hours after SCNG was published a special report Elaborating on how her participation in the Tokyo Games would not have been possible if an arbitrator had not eased the 2019 USA Volleyball suspension until September 2021 for violating a previous ban for misconduct involving a minor girl.

Previously unreported USA Volleyball documents obtained by SCNG include Crabbe’s initial suspension in 2017 and the USA Volleyball Board of Directors’ unanimous decision in May 2019 to extend the suspension until September 28, 2021. First suspension by giving coaching in junior girls’ camp. The board’s decision was made with the clear realization that it would prevent Crabbe from competing in the Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled for 2020.

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