Discus thrower Jeanette Aceveda tests positive for COVID-19, withdraws from Tokyo Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 29) – The Philippine team in the Tokyo Paralympics is now down to four after discus thrower Jeanette Aceveda withdraws from the competition for testing positive for COVID-19.

Philippine Paralympic Committee president Mike Barredo said Aceveda and her coach Bernard Buen tested positive for COVID-19 in the mandatory daily saliva antigen test and the confirmatory reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test inside the Athletes' Village.

"Jeanette is greatly disappointed that she will have to withdraw from her event," said Barredo in a statement.

The 50-year-old discus thrower, who qualified in her first Paralympics after being with the national team for 24 years, is supposed to compete in the women's F11 event on Tuesday morning.

Barredo added Aceveda and Buen will be brought to a quarantine facility outside the Athletes' Village, in accordance with the Paralympic Playbook.

Aceveda is the second Filipino Tokyo Paralympian to withdraw from the quadrennial competition for testing positive for COVID-19 after powerlifter Achelle Guion.

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Guion's coach Antonio Taguibao, Team Philippines chef-de-mission Francis Diaz, and para-athletics head coach Joel Deriada also earlier caught the virus.