Kelsey-Lee Barber tests positive for COVID-19.

Australian world javelin champion Kelsey-Lee Barber tested positive for COVID-19 on the eve of the Commonwealth Games, but organizers are still hopeful she can still compete in Birmingham.

The 30-year-old, who won her second world title in the event last week, was among a handful of athletes who tested positive upon arrival.

That doesn’t necessarily mean she can’t compete, however – with the rules being slightly more relaxed than at last year’s Olympics, where she would have already been excluded.

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Australian high performance manager Andrew Faichney said Barber could still compete in the event, where she won silver in 2018 and bronze in 2014.

“We’re just working with the CGA (Commonwealth Games Authority) on the requirements for her to compete and there are protocols in terms of the Australian organizing committee, but I understand she’s not excluded from the competition to everything,” he said.

“I have to reconfirm, but I think the organizing committee has said that if an athlete is healthy enough they can compete and so that’s what we’re working on.”

The javelin final will take place on Sunday August 7 – one day before the closing ceremony.

“She also got it early enough to be able to compete anyway,” Faichney said.

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