Olympic champ Borrero of Cuba tests positive for COVID-19

Cuba's Ismael Borrero recently won a gold medal at the Pan American Championships (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

Ismael Borrero, 2016 Olympic gold medalist for Cuba, is one of five Cuban athletes who has tested positive for COVID-19 as announced Thursday by the Cuban Ministry of Public Health and confirmed by the National Sports Institute (Inder) of Cuba.

Borrero, 28, won the gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at 59 kilograms at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Borrero was crowned champ at 67 kilograms at the 2019 World Championships. Just last month, Borrero won the title at 67 kilograms at the 2020 Pan American Championships in Ottawa, Canada in early March.

After Borrero returned to Havana on March 17, he began to show symptoms of the infection. On March 28 during an investigation, Borrero was identified as a suspicious case, for which he was hospitalized.


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