May 12, 2021

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Adriana Díaz and Brian Afanador withdrew from the event in Argentina

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SAN JUAN – The president of the Puerto Rican Table Tennis Federation (FPTM), Iván Santos reported on Saturday that he withdrew Adriana Díaz and Brian Afanador from the mixed double event in the Tokyo 2020 Pre-Olympic held in Rosario, Argentina.

The decision of the governing body of table tennis in the country came after it was informed that two athletes, a coach and a member of the organization tested positive for coronavirus during a monitoring PCR test carried out two days ago at the competition. Individuals have been isolated beginning the interview process to carry out proper contact tracing and disinfection of the facilities.

The president of the FPTM made the decision together with the coach Bladimir Díaz, who is in the Argentine country in constant communication.

“We cannot expose the best players in all of Latin America to compete in unsafe conditions. We have seen that countries are not granted venues for events because they do not have lighting conditions, inadequate facilities, etc., which are less onerous than what the high probability of contagion to COVID -19 means, “said Santos.

“The organization did not comply with the established protocol. The best way to protect our athletes is to retire them. Their health is above anything else, “added the federative leader.

The FPTM has three athletes qualified for the individual event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: Adriana and Melanie Díaz and Brian Afanador. Melanie and Brian made their way to the Olympics in the Latin American pre-Olympic tournament. For her part, Adriana achieved the feat by winning the individual championship of the Pan American Games in Lima 2019.

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