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Olympia: IOC chief of athletes corona positive in Beijing

The Finnish chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, Emma Terho, tested positive for Corona in Beijing ahead of the Winter Olympics.

The 40-year-old former ice hockey player said this on Instagram. She went to a quarantine hotel and will initially take part in her planned meetings digitally. From the time she entered the country until she tested positive, she had had no contact with Olympic participants.

At the Summer Games in Tokyo last August, Terho prevailed against the Russian Yelena Isinbayeva in the election of the chairwoman of the Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee.

The Finn took part in a video call between IOC President Thomas Bach and Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai last November. The former world number one in doubles published allegations of sexual assault by a top Chinese politician on the social network Weibo in early November. The post was deleted soon after.

Since then, athletes, politicians and human rights activists have expressed concern for Peng’s well-being. The women’s tennis organization WTA had always taken a clear position, called for clarification and withdrew from China with the tournaments. In public appearances, Peng later denied making any allegations.

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