Alpine Canada is returning a few of its groups again house amid rising considerations over COVID-19 in its coaching centre of Switzerland.
The group stated in an announcement to CBC Sports activities Wednesday that athletes can be returning to Canada because of rising numbers of the virus in Europe.
“The well being and wellbeing of our athletes and coaches comes first, at all times. The prevalence of COVID-19 in Europe has necessitated modifications to Alpine Canada’s coaching plans, together with the choice to relocate some groups to Canadian venues the place athletes can participate in on-snow coaching in anticipation of World Cup races and the World Championships,” Alpine Canada stated.
Earlier Wednesday, a CTV News report said that a number of members of the ski cross staff, which falls underneath the Alpine umbrella, had contracted the virus, together with one who was significantly sick. CBC Sports activities has not independently confirmed the report.
Alpine Canada didn’t verify whether or not its staff members examined optimistic.
“Alpine Canada continues to be guided by sturdy well being and security protocols, reflecting public well being laws and steerage. Respecting particular person athletes and coaches’ proper to medical privateness we won’t touch upon hearsay or hypothesis concerning private well being issues,” the assertion continued.
The ski cross World Cup season is scheduled to start Dec. four in Val Thorens, France.
An earlier Alpine Canada assertion, despatched to CTV Information, stated the staff was returning to Canada for logistical causes and that races throughout November and December have been postponed or cancelled.
Switzerland is at the moment thought of a COVID-19 sizzling spot, with 10,073 new circumstances and 84 new deaths reported throughout the nation on Tuesday.