Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Olympics Hockey: Spain find the key despite Adrian Lock’s Covid quarantine

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Tom Pilcher
Tom Pilcher is a sports writer who covered the 2008/2012 Olympics for Reuters, mainly handball and cycling, and Team GB live blogger in 2016.

Channeling the spirit of Barcelona 1992, Spain’s women secured their first victory in Tokyo under tricky circumstances.

Their British coach Adrian Lock is stuck in his hotel room, unable to communicate face to face, after he tested positive in the antigen control test ahead of their opening 3-1 defeat to Australia on Sunday.

Lock had earlier tested negative for Covid last month and underwent a routine saliva check at the Olympic Village before being placed into isolation.

It is every athlete and coach’s fear at these pandemic Games, where a positive Covid test can put paid to years of hard work and dedication. 

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