The current world number one women's skeet shooter is not flying to Japan after all
British Shooting has just announced that Team GB shooter Amber Hill has withdrawn from the Tokyo 2021 Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19.
This is devastating news for Amber who has worked for years to earn her place on the Olympic team.
Amber said: “There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now. After five years of training and preparation, I’m absolutely devastated to say that last night I received a positive Covid-19 test, meaning I’ve had to withdraw from Team GB’s shooting team.
“Although I don’t have any symptoms, I will now isolate as per the government guidance. I would like to wish the best of luck to all of Team GB who are out in Tokyo, especially the shooting team who have supported me massively throughout my career.
“I will be back from this, but right now I need some time to reflect and take in what has happened.”
British Shooting Performance Director, Steven Seligmann, said: “This is an incredibly sad situation for Amber after she’s worked so hard to earn her Olympic place for Team GB.”
Team GB Chef de Mission, Mark England, said: “My heart goes out to Amber, and we’re just sad for her that she is unable to join us in Tokyo. She is an incredibly gifted athlete and we dearly hope to see her again at a future Olympic Games.”
There is no replacement athlete.
Amber was BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2013 and competed at the Rio Olympics at the age of 18.
Shooting UK has asked for further comment from British Shooting and will report further when more information is received.