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World Cup Events Off To Protect Olympic Athletes From Virus

Jan 10, 2022, 10:08 AM
OBERHOF, GERMANY - JANUARY 09: Elvira Oeberg of Sweden competes during the Pursuit Women at the IBU...
OBERHOF, GERMANY - JANUARY 09: Elvira Oeberg of Sweden competes during the Pursuit Women at the IBU World Cup Biathlon Oberhof at on January 09, 2022 in Oberhof, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
(Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) — The last scheduled World Cup meeting in cross-country skiing before the Beijing Olympics has been canceled.

The reason given was to protect athletes from the risk of COVID-19 infection in Slovenia. Planica was to host events from Jan. 21-23 in cross-country skiing and Nordic combined for men and women.

The International Ski Federation says “the safety of stakeholders involved at those large-scale events could not be guaranteed” during the current acute state of the pandemic in Slovenia.

Any athlete testing positive for COVID-19 so close to the Winter Games that open on Feb. 4 risks being denied entry to China.

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