The Swedish women’s team is deprived of the two weekend slaloms in Levi (Finland) after its coach tested positive for coronavirus. A decision that provoked the ire of Federica Brignone and Alexis Pinturault.
The World Cup has barely started when the Covid-19 is already sowing discord. On Wednesday, the coach of the Swedish women’s alpine ski team, Christian Thoma, tested positive for the virus in Finland and immediately placed in quarantine. In the process, the Finnish authorities decided to extend the measure to the entire Swedish team. The latter will therefore not participate in the two slaloms scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday in Levi. And this while none of the eight skiers initially expected has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“It is the precautionary principle that applies”, explained the Swedish federation in a press release. The Swedish team’s Instagram account also clarified that the decision was taken jointly by the Finnish and Swedish authorities.
The blow is hard, especially for Anna Swenn-Larsson, 5th in the world in slalom, who misses two races out of the nine scheduled this season between tight poles.
This decision provoked the indignation of two essential figures of the White Circus: Federica Brignone and Alexis Pinturault. The Italian, winner of the Big Crystal Globe last season, responded via a post on Instagram. “Why have we been tested? How is it possible that all the athletes in a nation (all negative after three tests) with just one positive trainer cannot run? Is it fair? What will happen if one person on each team is positive? Is nobody going to run? It’s going to happen throughout the season, and everyone knows it! […] All my support for the Swedes. “
For his part, the French called on the International Ski Federation (FIS) to act. “We really have to rethink things,” he wrote on Twitter. So in football, at the Tour de France all the teams in quarantine? “