OSLO ( Associated Press) – Two members of Norway’s women’s cross-country ski team have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of next month’s Beijing Olympics, the team said on Wednesday, as other countries wait for tense waits to see what happens. have to face whether their own infected athletes can recover. time.
Swiss hockey players, Russian bobsledders and German skeleton sliders are among other Olympians facing terrifying waits. Also on that list: US bobsledder Josh Williamson, who revealed a positive test on Wednesday and will not be on his Thursday flight to China with his teammates – though he is hopeful of coming to the Games in plenty of time to compete .
Heidi Weng, two-time overall World Cup champion, and Anne Gersti Kalve contracted COVID-19 at a training camp at the Italian alpine resort of Cesar Alm and are now in isolation.
Norwegian cross-country manager Aspen Berjwig said in a video call that her participation in the Olympics was uncertain.
Team doctor Eystein Andersen said Italian rules meant Weng and Calvi would be in isolation for 10 days until February 3. The opening ceremony will take place on 4 February and the Olympic cross-country skiing event will begin the next day.
FILE – Anne Gersty Kalva of Norway competes during a women’s cross country skiing freestyle 10km pursuit event at the FIS World Cup halted Nordic event on November 29, 2020 in Kusamo, Finland. Two members of Norway’s women’s cross-country team, Heidi Veng and Anne Jersty Kalva, have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of next month’s Beijing Olympics. He contracted COVID-19 at a training camp at the Italian alpine resort of Cesar Alm and is now in isolation. (Emmie Korhonen/Lehtikuwa via Associated Press, FILE)
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“It’s a shocking situation,” Anderson said.
Veng is a top-ranked Norwegian and a five-time world champion.
“We have a reserve in the team, and we also have other athletes who are recognized and may be ready,” Bjarwig said of a possible replacement. “But basically now the focus is on looking at opportunities for those who have been left out.”
Norway is the leading country in cross-country skiing, with its women’s team winning three of the six events in the event at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
The team had planned to leave for Beijing on Thursday, but now it will be delayed.
The entire men’s team is also in isolation at Cesar Alm after head coach Arild Monsen tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Norway on Monday.
All eight members of the team, defined as close contacts of Monsen, were awaiting the results of the PCR tests. He is now scheduled to leave for Beijing on Monday.
Some American athletes left on Thursday and Williamson was planning to come on that charter. He will have to wait at least a few days to arrive at what will be his first Olympics.
“It hasn’t been an easy pill to swallow,” Williamson said.
China imposes strict restrictions on all arrivals, but especially on those who have recently had the virus. They are required to supply proof of five recent negative test results since infection. All athletes will be tested every day, they are also in China.
Switzerland said two of its women’s hockey players would not travel to Beijing with their teammates on their scheduled flight on Wednesday after being tested for the virus. The Swiss Olympic team said some results in recent days for Alina Müller and Sinja Lehmann were over the threshold for entry into China, but added that they hoped they could fly later and against Canada in February. Join the team for your opening game. 3.
Two Russian bobsledders from the same sled crew reported testing positive. Coach Denis Alimov told broadcaster Match TV that Alexei Pushkarev and Vasily Kondratenko are in isolation after a training camp in the southern city of Sochi.
There have been four virus cases on the Russian Olympic team this week. Skeleton silver medalist Nikita Tregubov in 2018 tested positive after attending the same camp as a bobsledder. Figure skater Mikhail Kolyada tested positive and was included in the squad on Tuesday after feeling unwell.
German skeleton racers Axel Jungk and Hannah Neiss are also expected to compete despite recent infections. Coach Christian Baud, in comments reported by German agency DPA, said the two tested positive earlier this month after competing in a World Cup event. Baud said Nice had already provided a negative test since his infection.
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