Crabb absent, Bourne in the US beach volleyball team | News, Sports, Jobs
The Associated Press
TOKYO – American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb is absent from the Olympics after four positive tests for COVID-19, and his compatriot from Hawaii, Tri Bourne, will take his place as partner of quadruple Olympian Jake Gibb when the competition will start this weekend.
Crabb confirmed his withdrawal Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press, noting that he had been vaccinated and tested negative before leaving the United States but tested positive on arrival in Japan.
“I have no more symptoms, luckily, but deeply disappointed that I cannot join Jake on the sand and compete as a member of the USA team,” he said. said Crabb, a graduate of the Punahou school. “I want Jake to be in his fourth Olympics and I want him to bring home a medal. Tri Bourne, an amazing athlete, person and close friend will compete alongside Jake and take my place on the USA team.
Despite Crabb’s positive result at Tokyo Airport and the follow-up tests that confirmed it, he was still hopeful that further testing would allow him to play. Those results continued to come back positive – including on a Thursday, just hours before the deadline for the national governing body to replace him on the Olympic list.
The Olympic beach volleyball tournament kicks off Saturday at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo, with Gibb and Bourne preparing to play their first game Sunday night against Italy.
“While there is no doubt that I am devastated not to compete, I have now taken on a new role: supporting my new team (coach Rich Lambourne), Jake and Tri Bourne. “ Crabb, 29, who was looking to make his Olympic debut, told the AP. “I want to send positive vibes and negative test results to all the athletes here in Tokyo – stay healthy and enjoy every moment.”
Bourne, a 32-year-old who competed for Maryknoll during his high school career, was part of the Southern California squad that reached the 2009 NCAA Finals in indoor volleyball and was the rookie of the year 2014 on the international beach tour.
He was officially added to the US roster on Thursday, shortly after Crabb texted him to let him know he would be making his Olympic debut.
“It’s really disappointing to learn that my dear friend will not participate in the Tokyo Games” Bourne said in a statement released by USA Volleyball. “Taylor is one of the best in the world and he earned this Olympic spot. … I am very honored to replace him and what he represents: his team, his family friends and his home community.
“That being said, I’m ready for this moment. I believe it deeply ”, he said. “Jake Gibb, let’s go to the ball!” “
Gibb, 45, is the oldest volleyball player – beach or indoor – in Olympic history. He played in Beijing and London with Sean Rosenthal, finishing fifth each time. With Casey Patterson in Rio de Janeiro, he failed to reach the knockout stages.
Crabb and Gibb are the No.4 team in the FIVB World Rankings and finished 11th in the Olympic qualifying points race. Bourne tried to qualify for the Tokyo Games with Taylor’s brother Trevor Crabb, but they were the No. 3 US team in Olympic qualifying; there is a quota of two teams per country.
“I have faced adversity before and I will face it again” Taylor Crabb wrote. “But that doesn’t take anything away from the situation. I’ve learned so much from Jake and Rich over the five years we’ve played together as a team, and it has helped me a lot to become a better version of myself – one that my family, friends, and friends have. teammates can count. This is where it hurts the most.