Biathlete Johannes Kühn has tested positive for the corona virus. This was announced by the German Ski Association (DSV) on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Bavarian is therefore out of the home World Cup in Ruhpolding, the “additional PCR tests carried out on all members of the German team were negative,” said a statement from the association.
Philipp Horn takes over the starting place from Kühn, the only winner of the season so far in the German ski hunters this winter.
Kühn won the sprint in Hochfilzen a month ago and is considered one of the DSV team’s great hopes for a medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing (February 4th to 20th).
As the world association IBU announced, a total of 160 PCR tests were carried out. Kühn was isolated, contact tracing and a decision by the local authorities on quarantine are still pending.
In addition, one team member each from the Norwegian and Ukrainian teams tested positive, but they are not athletes. All three teams will be tested more frequently in the coming days. When entering Ruhpolding, all 750 event participants had to show a negative PCR test.
The men start on Thursday (2.30 p.m.) with the sprint over 10 km in the home World Cup, before the relay on Saturday and the pursuers on Sunday (all ZDF and Eurosport) are on the program.