One and a half weeks before the first Olympic exercise, corona infection must have been detected in the Norwegian cross-country squad, according to VG’s sources.
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On Monday, it became known that Arild Monsen, the men’s sprint coach, tested positive for the coronavirus on his way home from the collection in Seiser Alm.
It has created great uncertainty in the cross-country squad, and all athletes and support staff took PCR tests in Italy on Monday. According to VG’s information, some athletes in the squad have tested positive for corona.
Cross-country manager Espen Bjervig confirms at a press conference on Wednesday that two athletes are infected.
– There are no athletes who will travel to the Olympics tomorrow as planned. Departure is postponed. When is not completely clarified, says Bjervig.
The ski association stated on Tuesday morning that the answers were expected on Tuesday afternoon / evening, but later the same day it was stated that more time was needed before the association will convene a digital press conference on Wednesday morning about the situation.
“Unfortunately, the cross-country management will not be available for interviews tonight as the time is used internally,” the Norwegian Ski Association wrote on Tuesday.
VG was earlier Tuesday night in contact with cross-country manager Espen Bjervig, who would not say anything about the status of the PCR tests then.
Men’s runners and trainer Eirik Myhr Nossum were defined as close contacts and quarantined in Italy after Monsen’s infection.
The first exercise (joint start with ski change) for the women is 5 February and the men’s is 6 February. A positive test so close to the Olympics that will now make it difficult to get to China.
Before departure, everyone must take two negative PCR tests during the last four days before departure.
If you have been diagnosed with an infection during the last 30 days before departure, you must test negative twice more during the last days before departure. There should be 24 hours between each of the tests that are performed, Olympiatoppen’s medical officer, Aasne Fenne Hoksrud, has stated.