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First match of Olympic beach volleyball canceled because of positive COVID test

Markéta Sluková of the Czech Republic tested positive earlier this week.
Markéta Sluková of the Czech Republic tested positive earlier this week.Ryan Pierse

TOKYO — The very first match of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament has been canceled because a Czech player tested positive for COVID-19.

Markéta Sluková tested positive earlier this week, knocking her and partner Barbora Hermannova out of the Tokyo Games.

The Czechs were supposed to be playing a team from the host country that would have been making its Olympic debut. Instead, the Japanese pair of Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishii earned the victory by default.

Sluková is one of at least three members of the Czech team who have tested positive since their arrival in Japan, including men’s beach volleyball player Ondřej Perušič.

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The team has said it’s investigating if the outbreak of COVID-19 is linked to its charter flight to Tokyo.