July 23 (CNN): After putting their Olympic dreams on hold for more than a year, at least 22 athletes have seen their dreams dashed as they tested positive for the virus, forcing them to withdraw from the competition.
Some of them tested positive in Japan and some before coming.
The Czech team has been particularly affected. Five from team USA have also withdrawn, including tennis star Coco Gauff. Athletes from Great Britain, Mexico, South Africa and other countries have also dropped out.
Most competitors spend years, if not most of their lives, training to reach the Olympics — and about 70 per cent of them only get the opportunity once, according to Dick Pound, the longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee.