Nicola Adams out of Strictly Come Dancing after partner Katya Jones tests positive for COVID-19

Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams has had to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing after her partner in the show tested positive for coronavirus.

The BBC said Adams and Katya Jones were now self-isolating separately and would not be able to continue.

The women were Strictly’s first same-sex pairing.

Adams – a two-time Olympic champion who retired from boxing last year – said she was “absolutely devastated”.

The rest of the cast are unaffected and the show will take place as normal on Saturday.

Adams, 38, said she had “so much more to give and so many people to win this for” and thanked Jones “for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for”.

“She pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it’s been an incredible experience,” said Adams.

“I’m gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the Covid measures in place are to keep everyone safe, and I’m doing what I can to help.

“I’ll be spending the next 14 days isolating so I’d like to apologise in advance for the ridiculous amount of TikToks I’ll be posting, in my new found free time when I’m not gaming.”

A BBC statement said: “Nicola Adams and Katya Jones are to leave Strictly Come Dancing after Katya tested positive for Covid-19.

“Katya is asymptomatic and the pair are now self-isolating separately following the latest government guidelines.

“As part of the protocols outlined ahead of the series, this sadly means they will no longer be able to take part in the competition.”

Adams’ pairing with Russian professional dancer Jones was hailed as an important moment for the show when it was announced in September.

She said it was amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry”.

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