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Simen Hegstad Krüger tests positive for coronavirus

Simen Hegstad Krüger tests positive for coronavirus

On Thursday night, national team doctor Oystein Andersen confirmed at a press conference that Simin Hegstad Kreuger has had a positive coronary test.

It has emerged from a new round of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

– Of course he is secluded in the room. Everyone has been living in a private room since yesterday. The last people who lived in double rooms were split into singles when we changed hotels, Andersen says.

He appears to be in good health and does not have an ongoing illness. It is, of course, a very boring situation for Simon, he continues.

Krueger trained as usual earlier on Thursday. The 28-year-old is a clear long-distance gold candidate.

Injured: Simen Hegstad Krüger while collecting height at Italian Seiser Alm. Photo: Ernst A. Lersveen / TV 2

National team coach Eric Mer-Nasom talks about a very broken team.

A huge loss for the team, but nothing against what happened to Simon himself. Adult boys don’t cry often on behalf of others, but it does happen today. Mir Nasoom tells TV 2 that the fun of sports disappears these days.

Now other Olympic-trained runners live under a rigorous testing regime at Italy’s Seiser Alm, where the national cross-country team has a range of length.

Hegstad Krüger lived in a room with Harald Østberg Amundsen, the first reserve in the men’s team.

– Everyone will be tested every day as we have prepared. Andersen explains that this is to get rid of any other positive tests that should show up due to the incubation time.

Everyone lives in their own rooms, so we don’t get new close contacts. But we must minimize the injury as much as possible, said the national team doctor.

Roommate: Harald Østberg Amundsen stayed in a room with Simen Hegstad Krüger until several of the national cross country team changed hotels.  Photo: Phyllis Calabro

Roommate: Harald Østberg Amundsen stayed in a room with Simen Hegstad Krüger until several of the national cross country team changed hotels. Photo: Phyllis Calabro

The national team doctor worried about continuing.

– It’s a very uncertain situation. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, Andersen says.

When asked if he was surprised if there were new cases of infection, he answered:

– I can’t say I’m surprised, I’m afraid.

On Wednesday, Heidi Wing and Ann Kjersti Calva tested positive. Sprint coach Arild Monsen has tested positive on Monday.

Senior athletic director Torey Afribo will not be interviewed Thursday night, but he wrote the following in a text message to TV 2:

“It is a very difficult situation for the affected runners and the surrounding team. We know that the work has been done and is being done systematically and well to limit the spread of infection. It is impressive that the management is able to organize the transportation which greatly reduces the risks for the runners and support staff “.

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