Disappointed judoka Arthur Margelidon has to skip the World Championship, which will take place from June 6 to 13 in Budapest, Hungary, due to a false positive.
Currently sixth in the world in the under 73 kg category, Margelidon wanted to confirm her place in the top 8 in order to be seeded at the Tokyo Olympics.
“I have no symptoms, the virus is dead and I’m not contagious, but I tested positive for COVID-19 last Monday,” he said. When I received my result the next day, I was told that it was possible that I would receive a false positive because I had contracted the virus two months ago in Turkey during the Grand Slam of Antalya. The problem can last for three months. “
“I was told that false positives do not exist in Hungary,” added Margelidon. I’m staying at home continuing my training as usual and fine-tuning my preparation for the Games. If the same thing happens before I leave for Tokyo, I am told that it is possible to prove in Japan that this is a false positive. “
Two scenarios would emerge if ever the judoka of French origin showed up in Budapest.
“After winning a medal as I wanted, I could have tested positive before returning to Canada. I should have done a quarantine in Budapest as was the case in Turkey and then hope to obtain a negative result before returning to Canada. Once in Canada, I should have respected another quarantine. In the worst case scenario, I could have tested positive before the World Cup and I would not have been able to compete in addition to doing two quarantines.
« Nicolas [Gill, le directeur général et haute performance de Judo Canada] felt it was safer to stay in Canada and focus on my Olympic preparation. It was too risky to receive another false positive result. It’s heads or tails on each test. “
Medalist at the Tbilisi Grand Slams in Georgia and Antalya in March and April, the 27-year-old judoka hopes to remain among the best.
“There is a slight chance that I will come out of the top 8, but I don’t like this situation at all,” he summed up. If I performed well in Budapest, I would keep my place in the top 8. Because I won’t be there, I have to rely on the performance of others. The good thing is, I know my next goal. I can only train with the Olympics in mind. “
Also tested positive, but only on his return to Montreal after the Grand Slam in Antalya, Antoine Bouchard finds himself in a similar position. He will not be on the trip to Hungary.
With a fifth place in the under 66 kg category at the Rio Games in 2016, Bouchard is still in the race for a place in Tokyo in the under 73 kg category. He must finish in the world top 18 and hope that Margelidon is removed from the top 8. If both criteria are met, a play-off between the two fighters will take place in Montreal.
Bouchard is in 23rd place with all the participants, but he is 18th if we take into account only one judoka per country.