Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Triathlete Ainlsey Thorpe scratched after positive COVID-19 test

COVID-19 has ended another athlete's Commonwealth Games medal quest, with triathlete Ainsley Thorpe withdrawn from her event on the opening day of competition at Birmingham.

Thorpe began displaying mild symptoms during a pre-Games camp at Girona, Spain, and is currently receiving healthcare support. She may still compete in the mixed relay, scheduled for Sunday, July 31 (NZ time).

Thorpe, 24, contested the Tokyo Olympics last year, crashing out in the cycle leg, and was part of the NZ relay team that finished fourth at the world championships last month.

Meanwhile, the news is better for another COVID sufferer within the NZ camp, who returned a positive test during their arrival process at Birmingham and has now left isolation to rejoin the team in time to compete.

Basketballer Nikau McCullough, who failed a pre-departure COVID test in New Zealand, has also emerged from isolation and returned to action for Otago Nuggets in the NZ NBL this week. He was replaced by Taranaki guard Richie Rodgers on the Birmingham roster.

Also out of the Games are Black Sticks hockey players Joe Morrison (groin) and Simon Yorston (broken hand), who suffered injuries in training, and have been replaced by Jordan Cohen and Brad Read.

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