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Jarl Magnus Riiber has tested positive for corona

ZHANGJIAKOU / OSLO (VG) Combined star and one of Norway’s biggest gold hopes in the Beijing Olympics, Jarl Magnus Riiber (24), has tested positive for the coronavirus.

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The news, which VG announced on Thursday afternoon, was confirmed in a press release by Olympiatoppen shortly after. It also appears that the control sample was positive.

– The worst day I have had as a coach, says a tearful Ivar Stuan, sports manager for combined, at a digital press conference from the Olympic village.

Riiber is among the biggest favorites to run away with the most generous medals in all the combined exercises.

– He feels completely healthy, says Stuan about Riiber – who says that the 24-year-old trains calmly in his hotel room.

The golden hope must be in isolation and deliver two negative samples before he can come out. If he has no symptoms, the Chinese authorities will assess the case after ten days.

– He takes it very seriously, and is a fantastic boy. It is terribly unfortunate that this is happening now, says Stuan.

The first exercise for the combined athletes is Wednesday 9 February. According to the plan, the 24-year-old will participate in normal hill (HS106), large hill (HS140) and the team competition.

Here is the program:

  • Normal hill / 10 km runs on Wednesday 9 February at 09.00 Norwegian time.
  • Large hill / 10 km will be held on 15 February at 09.00 Norwegian time.
  • The team competition will be held on 17 February at 09.00 Norwegian time.

– The goal is to be negative as soon as possible. We have not given up the last two opportunities in the Olympics. If anyone trusts it, it is him, says Ivar Stuan.

TESTED POSITIVELY: Jarl Magnus Riiber, here before leaving Gardermoen on Monday.

When the Estonian combined runner Kristjan Ilves tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, Jarl Magnus Riiber was defined as close contact – like Espen Andersen, Espen Bjørnstad and five people in the Norwegian support apparatus.

The biathletes Johannes Thingnes Bø and Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold allegedly sat near Riiber on the charter flight from Oslo to Beijing. Therefore, they were defined as close contacts. If you sit next to an infected person or two rows in front and behind the plane, you are defined as close contact.

The Norwegian athletes Mons Røiseland (snowboard), Johanne Killi (freeski), Anna Odine Strøm (jump) and Jørgen Graabak (combined) are now defined as close contacts, according to Olympiatoppen.

– We believe we have a good picture of the situation, and that we have identified the relevant close contacts. What is important now is that everyone is very careful with the infection control measures, and is extra careful going forward. The virus is insidious, and we are doing what we can to put a stop to further spread, says chief physician for the Olympic squad, Aasne Fenne Hoksrud.

Johannes Thingnes Bø was not allowed to participate in the biathletes’ press conference earlier today, but was at the training this afternoon Chinese time.

Jarl Magnus Riiber has 44 World Cup victories and has won the overall cup the last three seasons, 2019, 2020 and 2021. He was with the team that took gold during the previous Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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