Coronavirus infections among athletes continue to jeopardize medal hopes in Beijing, with the opening ceremony taking place in less than a day.
Follow Beijing Organizing Committee’s Covid Tracker, 26 new infections among athletes and team officials were reported on Thursday. The total number of confirmed positive cases is now 287 cases.
Ukrainian figure skater Ivan Shmuratko has tested positive for Covid, knocking him out of the men’s component of Friday’s team figure skating event and preventing Ukraine from accumulating any points. The Ukrainian Olympic Committee said it hoped that Shmuratko, who is making his Olympic debut, could recover in time to begin the men’s individual competition on Tuesday.
Germany has also been thwarted in the team figure skating competition after the Nolan Seegert pair tested positive. Minerva Fabienne Hase, his skating partner, has so far tested negative, but there are no alternatives for the pair. Instead of withdrawing entirely, Germany is moving forward in the team event but will not win any points in the doubles skating event, dashing any hopes of winning a medal.
The world’s No. 2 Nordic combined athlete, Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber, also tested positive for the virus. Riiber, who won a silver medal in a team event at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, is a medal contender in Beijing. He posted a photo his own on Instagram with the caption, “Gold is yours, guys,” using a gold medal emoji and adding a virus emoji and winking face at the end. The first Nordic fusion event is on Wednesday.
Czech hockey player and Boston Bruins’ David Krejci tested positive on arrival in Beijing and missed the team’s first full training session before the Olympics. Their first match is on Wednesday against Denmark.
The Czech team said diving athletes Viktor Polasek and Cestmir Kozisek also tested positive. Polasek is in quarantine while Kozisek, who recently recovered from an infection, is allowed to train while living separately from others.
Japan Times reported that an unidentified skier also tested positive after arriving in Beijing, the site of the Japanese team’s first positive infection.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/03/sports/olympics/athletes-covid-beijing.html Covid continues to reach athletes on the sidelines as the Olympic competition begins