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  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/19/i...hnk/index.html


    Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh has died at the age of 91 after a month-long battle with Covid-19, according to a family statement obtained by CNN affiliate News 18.

    Known as the "Flying Sikh," Singh was one of India's most successful track and field athletes. He won four Asian Games gold medals and became India's first Commonwealth Games champion in 1958. The following year, Singh was honored with the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honors.

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    • Reported weeks ago but not listed here is Alyssa Wilson.

      Her comments to the press after OT Hammer qualifying:

      On Covid-19 symptoms from earlier this year

      I was trapped in my college dorm for about 24 days or so. It affected my training, and I lost like 20 pounds. Over the year I’ve just had nauseous feelings, especially on meet day, and I’ve had severe headaches. I’m just glad I’m over it.

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      • https://www.winknews.com/2021/07/13/...e-to-covid-19/


        The Southwest Florida track and field community suffered a huge loss Tuesday as Dunbar coach Guy Thomas died from complications with COVID-19.

        The 51-year-old had been hospitalized for more than a month due to the coronavirus and passed a little after 10 a.m. He leaves behind his wife India and four children. Dunbar High principal Carl Burnside said no plans have been made yet for services or a memorial.

        Thomas, an Exceptional Student Education teacher at Dunbar, is a fixture in the Southwest Florida running community through his work with the Tigers track and field and cross country teams as well as his AAU Olympia Track Club.

        Thomas was named the 2021 The News-Press/Naples Daily News' Jeff Sommer Memorial Coach of the Year Award winner, named after Thomas' friend and the late hall of fame Estero track and field/cross country coach, two weeks ago.

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        • From South Africa

          https://www.heraldlive.co.za/sport/2...dfrey-goliath/


          Eastern Province Athletics and the athletics community at large are mourning the death of their technical officials chair, Godfrey Goliath.

          Goliath, 58, died on Tuesday afternoon due to Covid-19 complications...

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          • Not sure if there was already a dedicated topic tracking thoes in T&F who will inevitably miss the games, but just saw Rutger Koppelar of the Netherlands is out of Tokyo (Pole Vault) after testing positive (he's fully vaccinated): https://www.instagram.com/p/CRgbjQljTbb/

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            • Coach Donnie Lambrecht passed away due to COVID-19

              https://www.facebook.com/TheBedfordT...24861007525627

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              • Coach Joe Suriano died in April 2020 from COVID

                https://www.nj.com/highschoolsports/...ronavirus.html

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                • https://ddportemundial.com/yarisley-...DklU2OVeIj0hrU

                  Pole vaulter Yarisley Silva mentions she had COVID last March and it impacted her ability to prepare for the Olympics.

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                  • Texas HS coach passes, just days before he was to get vax:

                    https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/lo...8-5e78f61feba6

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                    • Sadly it wasn't available....

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                      • India sprinter Hima Das tests positive for Covid-19

                        https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/...itive-covid-19

                        "I would like to inform everyone that I have been tested positive for Covid-19. I am stable and at the moment in isolation. I look forward to utilising this time to recover and come back stronger than before," Das tweeted.
                        Last edited by br; 10-13-2021, 05:08 PM.

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                        • Originally posted by gh View Post
                          Texas HS coach passes, just days before he was to get vax:

                          https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/lo...8-5e78f61feba6
                          Anyone, in the US, who is not vaccinated ( overwhelming health reasons excepted) at this point is playing Russian roulette.
                          Last edited by Dave; 10-14-2021, 06:39 AM.

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