Portuguese surfer Frederico Morais positive for COVID-19


Portuguese surfer Frederico Morais will be competing in the World Surf League tournament on June 15, 2021 in Surf Ranch, Lemoore, California. (Noah Burger / AP photo)

Tokyo-Portugal surfer Frederico Morais has announced that he will miss his Olympic debut in Japan with a positive COVID-19 test.

29-year-old Morais issued a statement on social media on Friday night.

“This is probably the saddest video I’ve ever had to post. In 2019, I participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which was postponed for COVID-19. And now I’m competing for the virus. I can’t do it or represent my country, “he said in an Instagram video.

The Portuguese Olympic team said Morais would not travel to Tokyo as planned.

“I was very cautious. I have been fully vaccinated for over a month and eventually got the virus,” Morais said in a statement released by the Portuguese Olympic team. Stated. “I’m fine and perform quarantine. I follow every second of our team.”

The International Surfing Association did not comment immediately, but the deadline for alternative registration is Saturday at 3:00 pm and Morais is considered to be the best European surfer at the Tokyo Olympics.

An 8-day shortboard surfing competition will begin on Sunday at Tsurusaki Beach.

Sally Ho