BEIJING, 7 February (BelTA) – COVID-19 tests of three Belarusian cross-country skiers came back positive at Beijing 2022, BelTA learned from the press service of the NOC of Belarus.
Anastasia Kirillova and Anna Koroleva tested positive for the coronavirus infection. By now, the clinical symptoms have been gone and the results of the blood tests are fine. The skiers feel well. Irina Malevanaya, Director of the National Research Center of Sports, explained that in order to take part in the Olympics, they should have several negative PCR tests in a row and fill in health declaration forms. When this is done, the organizing committee might request additional information (a blood test for antibodies, general clinical tests), after which the committee will decide whether on not Kirillova and Kovaleva will be able to get on the Olympic track.
Another skier, Aliaksandr Voranau got three positive COVID-19 tests in Beijing and moved to an isolation hotel. In line with the COVID-19 protocol of the Games, he will not be able to take part in the competitions for now.
Yahor Shpuntau will be the only Belarusian skier to compete in the Men's Sprint Free on 8 February.