On Thursday, Senator Roger Wicker spoke on the Senate floor and called out the injustice of Olympian Sam Kendricks, a pole vaulter from Oxford, Mississippi, being denied the opportunity to compete at the Tokyo Olympics after a single positive COVID-19 test.
Kendricks had tested negative three times before the positive test. After entering quarantine, Kendricks took another COVID-19 test that returned a negative result.
Wicker said he is outraged. Hear his full remarks in the video below:
Sam posted the following to Instagram about the situation:
2x world champion and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist @samkendricks of #TeamUSA posted the following video to Instagram after testing positive for COVID at the #TokyoOlympics. He says he passed two tests at home and one upon arrival at the airport in Japan. He’s out of competition. pic.twitter.com/wtF6RIgIsB
— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) July 29, 2021