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Lakers star LeBron James.

(Marcio José Sánchez / Associated Press)

Several high-profile American athletes, including former gold medalists, will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics. Among them are 23-time lead tennis champion Serena Williams and Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who chose not to compete. Kerri Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball, missed a sixth game after she and her partner Brooke Sweat failed to qualify.

Five-time Olympic medalist sprinter Justin Gatlin failed to make it to Tokyo. Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who won the women’s 100m at the US track and field events last month, will not compete due to her 30-day suspension after a positive marijuana test. Men’s basketball player Bradley Beal was forced to leave the team after being placed on health and safety protocol last week, and 2012 gold medalist Kevin Love withdrew from the team as he continues to recover from a neck injury. right calf.

Southern California native Kim Rhode, a six-medal winner in shooting, did not qualify for her seventh Olympics. Laurie Hernández, who won gold with the United States gymnastics team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, did not qualify due to a knee injury.

Additionally, the United States will not compete in five sports: men’s soccer, men’s 3-on-3 basketball, women’s badminton, field hockey and handball.

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