The so-called “bladder” is intended to protect athletes and carers against corona infections. But it has now cracked into two German winter sports teams. A match has been canceled.

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The Bobsleigh and Sled Association for Germany (BSD) has decided not to start its team at the European Cup in Sigulda, Latvia, after a positive Corona test. “It was only after our team arrived that we found out that there was a positive Covid-19 case in Germany in which some of the athletes who had already traveled to Sigulda had to be classified as contact category 1. The athletes concerned were then followed. sent home to domestic self-isolation, ”Thomas Schwab, CEO of BSD, said Thursday.

The biathlon team also reports a corona case

The complete abandonment of the European Cup is also a precautionary measure in order not to endanger the World Cup teams. After all, some youth teams alternate between the two competitions. “In order not to take any risks and not to endanger athletes or employees of the coaching and support staff, the BSD completely explains the German EC bobsleigh team,” explains Schwab. However, this does not affect the skeleton team, “which is completely separate from the bobsleigh team in Sigulda”.

The extensive support staff of the German biathlon team had a positive corona test for the second part of the World Cup in Hochfilzen. “Athletes and coaches are not affected,” the German ski association said on Thursday. During the check-in procedure in the “security bubble” for the second Hochfilzen week, a member of the extended group of escorts tested positive.

Under the regulations of the IBU and the German ski association, all necessary protective measures were taken immediately, he said. Austrian health authorities have been notified, the Biathlon World Association IBU said.

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