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Australian athletic team forced into lockdown after a positive Covid-19 case in the Olympian village

Australia's athletics team have been forced into self-isolation and ordered to get tested for Covid-19 after being exposed to a positive case in the Olympic village.

All 63 athletes on the Australian team have been confined to their hotel rooms after US pole vaulter Sam Kendricks tested positive to the virus.   

Pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall is believed to be the only member of the Australian team classed as a close contact of Kendricks, The Herald Sun reported.

All 63 members of the Australian Olympic athletics team have been forced into self-isolation after US pole vaulter Sam Kendricks (left) tested positive to Covid-19

The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee said Kendricks - a two-time pole vault world champion - had been transferred into self-isolation and would withdraw from the games.

'We are saddened to confirm that Sam Kendricks tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,' a USOPC spokesman said.

'In alignment with local rules and protocols, he has been transferred to a hotel to be placed in isolation and is being supported by the USATF and USOPC staff.' 

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