Australia withdraw from mixed doubles curling competition before meeting Canada

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BEIJING — The Australian Olympic mixed doubles curling team has withdrawn from the Beijing Games after team member Tahli Gill returned a series of positive COVID-19 tests.

BEIJING — The Australian Olympic mixed doubles curling team has withdrawn from the Beijing Games after team member Tahli Gill returned a series of positive COVID-19 tests.

The Australians were scheduled to face Switzerland on Sunday before taking on Canadians John Morris and Rachel Homan.

The Australian Olympic Committee said it was trying to arrange for Gill and Dean Hewitt to return home rather than have Gill stay in an isolation hotel. They will miss their last two games and finish 0-7 in the round robin.

Morris and Homan were due to face the Czech Republic on Sunday afternoon before taking on Australia in the evening. The Canadian tandem went into action Sunday with a 4-2 record.

Gill contracted COVID-19 before games. Current tests alternated between negative and positive. She had been cleared to compete under the Close Contact Agreements after discussions with the IOC and Games organisers.

Attempts to bring Gill back to competition have been rebuffed by the IOC and health authorities, Australia’s Olympic team leader Geoff Lipshut said.

“We argued that Tahli was at the end of the infection cycle, but further positive results early this morning put an end to our hopes. Rather than staying in isolation, we now have the option of sending Tahli and Dean home,” Lipshut said.

–With files from the Associated Press.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 6, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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