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Kelsey-Lee Barber Covid positive, Australian team, javelin world champion

Australia’s world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber has tested positive for Covid-19 and her Commonwealth Games campaign now hangs in the balance.

The Australian team confirmed that the 30-year-old javelin champion had tested positive following a routine test.

Now she is set to become a high-profile guinea pig for the controversial Covid-19 restrictions for the Commonwealth Games.

Athletics Australia said Barber had no symptoms and was still expected to compete.

If the Commonwealth Games had run under the same Covid rules as the Tokyo Olympics last year, Barber would have been excluded immediately.

The Commonwealth Games authority confirmed this week that each country will be responsible for monitoring its own athletes around Covid-19 infections.

Kelsey-Lee Barber, gold medalist at the World Athletics Championships. Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images for World Athletics.Source: Getty Images

This means Team Australia and its chief medical officer face the difficult decision of banning Barber if her test results show she is likely to infect others through her participation.

Barber was the first of 433 Australian athletes to test positive in Birmingham.

In the year Her hopes of competing at the 2022 Games have also been aided by the women’s sculls on August 7, the final day of athletics competition.

Barber won gold at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon last week to become the first woman to retain a javelin world title.

She was a red-hot favorite heading into the Games in Birmingham after setting her season record at the world championships last week.

Barber previously won silver in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and bronze in 2014.

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