Rojer was due to play in the second round of the doubles today, but he and his partner Wesley Koolhof have been forced to withdraw.
‘I feel terrible’
Through a press release from NOC*NSF, Rojer says: “Unfortunately, the doctor called me this morning that my test was positive. I don’t know what to say. I am so sorry for everyone in the team. I have also done everything possible not to get infected. I have no idea how this came about. I feel terrible and for my doubles partner Wesley this is also terrible.”
Koolhof is also making himself heard. “Obviously, this is the worst news you can get as an athlete,” he says. “Far from home at such a big international tournament. For me personally it is a shame that we are leaving the tournament like this. But my thoughts are mainly with Jean Julien. I hope this nightmare will be over for him soon.
Rojer is the fourth Dutch athlete to have tested positive. Previously, skateboarder Candy Jacobs, taekwondoka Reshmie Oogink and rower Finn Florijn had to leave the tournament for that reason. Two supervisors also tested positive.