(CMR) Two of the world's highest-profile athletes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Dustin Johnson, have tested positive for coronavirus. They are just the latest in a list of high-profile world athletes including Usain Bolt that tested positive for COVID-19.
Portugal's Football Federation confirmed in a statement on its website that the superstar of the world game, Ronaldo, had tested positive for COVID-19. The 35-year-old Juventus striker is “well, has no symptoms and is in isolation”, the Federation said. Ronaldo was dropped from Portugal's Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday as a result.
Two other Portugal players — Jose Fonte and Anthony Lopes — had tested positive for COVID-19 recently.
Men's world number one golfer, Johnson, was forced to withdraw from this week's PGA Tour event at the Shadow Creek club in Las Vegas. The PGA Tour put out a statement confirming Johnson would not be in the field when play begins on Thursday. Johnson, the 2020 PGO Tour player of the year said he was looking forward to returning soon.
“Experiencing symptoms, Johnson notified PGA Tour officials and was administered a test, with the positive result forcing his withdrawal from the event,” the statement read. Johnson, who last competed at the US Open, will have the PGA Tour's full support throughout his self-isolation period under CDC guidelines.”
Other athletes that have recently tested positive including NFL players and tennis players. These athletes are being monitored because despite their fitness there appear to be some concerns of myocardial inflammation after recovery from coronavirus disease even in asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients. Myocarditis is a significant cause of sudden death in competitive athletes.
For now, COVID-19 related myocardial injury in competitive athletes and sports participation remains unclear.