Zach LaVine, Point Guard for the USA Men’s Basketball team, will not travel with his teammates to Tokyo for the Olympics due to COVID-19 safety protocols. He might be joining the team, a week later.
Nothing was mentioned as to why LaVine had to go through the protocols, but this was a huge blow for the USA contingent. Such incidents are arising tensions before the upcoming Olympic Games.
Zach Lavine Is Not The Only One To Suffer
The Men’s Basketball team of the USA had to let go of two players from their team, previously. Bradley Beal, a Starting Guard, got dropped after he was placed in protocols for the virus and Kevin Love lost his position due to his calf injury. These two vacancies were filled in by JaVale McGee and Keldon Johnson.
Jerami Grant remains in the team, and he, too, is placed under protocols. The USA Basketball team had to suspend its match against Australia due to high COVID-19 exposures following a victory against Spain. The USA had won twice and lost twice in the warmup games, facing losses against Australia and Nigeria. Winning the Gold Medal has become quite doubtful for the National Team as it seems that they have hit a rough patch.
The Olympics are planned to begin on Friday with the USA facing France on the 25th of July. Team USA might fail to find a replacement for Zach LaVine if he fails to arrive for the Games. The Olympic Village has observed residents testing positive for the Virus and recent polling has supported the cancellation of the Olympic Games in its entirety.
The US contingent to the Olympics have already lost their star sprinter Sha’carri Richardson, and well as tennis star Coco Gauff.