2 women on Norway’s Olympic cross-country team have COVID-19

OSLO (AP) – Two members of Norway’s women’s cross-country skiing team have tested positive for coronavirus before…

OSLO (AP) – Two members of Norway’s women’s cross-country skiing team have tested positive for coronavirus ahead of next month’s Beijing Olympics, the team said Wednesday.

Heidi Weng and Anne Kjersti Kalvå contracted COVID-19 at a training camp in the Italian resort of Seiser Alm and are currently isolated.

Norwegian cross country manager Espen Bjervig said in a video call their participation in the Olympics is uncertain.

Team doctor Øystein Andersen said Italian rules mean Weng and Kalvå will be quarantined for 10 days, until February 3. Opening ceremony on February 4 and Olympic cross-country skiing program start the next day.

“This is a shocking situation,” Andersen said.

Weng is a Norwegian first-place athlete and five-time world champion.

“We have a substitute on the team, and we also have other athletes who are already recognized and can be available,” Bjervig said of the possibility of a replacement. “But basically now the focus is on finding opportunities for those who have been left out.”

Norway is the leading country in cross-country skiing, with their women’s team winning three of the six events in the program at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

The team was scheduled to leave for Beijing on Thursday but will now be postponed.

The entire men’s team is also quarantined at Seiser Alm after head coach Arild Monsen tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Norway on Monday.

All eight team members have been identified as close relatives of Monsen and are awaiting PCR test results. They are now scheduled to depart for Beijing on Monday.

Switzerland said two of its female hockey players would not fly with teammates to Beijing on a flight scheduled for Wednesday after testing for the virus. The Swiss Olympic team said some of Alina Müller and Sinja Leemann’s results in recent days exceeded the threshold for entering China, but said they hoped they could catch a later flight and join the team in time. time for the opening match against Canada in February. 3.

Two Russian sleds from the same fleet of snowmobiles reported positive test results. Coach Denis Alimov told Match TV that Alexei Pushkarev and Vasily Kondratenko were being quarantined after a training camp in the southern city of Sochi.

There have been 4 cases of virus infection in the Russian Olympic team this week. Nikita Tregubov, the 2018 skeleton silver medalist, tested positive after joining the same camp as the skiers. Figure skater Mikhail Kolyada who tested positive was replaced on the team on Tuesday after feeling unwell.

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