Yet more Covid woe for unlucky King's Lynn Paralympic hopeful Steve Arnold
Lynn Paralympian Steve Arnold's Paralympic debut is still hanging in the balance after testing positive for Covid-19 upon landing in Beijing.
Steve returned a positive result in one of his pre-departure tests last week but recovered in time to deliver a negative in the UK and fly to China on Tuesday.
But he then tested positive after landing to throw his Paralympic participation into doubt once again.
The 42-year-old eventually met the pre-departure requirements for travelling to China but under strict Beijing regulations, needed to return a negative result upon landing.
His positive result means he has now undertaken a series of additional confirmatory tests, with organisers aware that his result is highly likely to be the outcome of his previous infection.
Arnold flew to China in time to compete in Wednesday’s cross-country sprint event but was unable to take to the start line because of the confusion.
The same applied for Friday’s 12.5km biathlon, with Arnold now in the last-chance saloon ahead of Saturday’s 10km cross-country skiing event and Sunday’s 4x2.5km relay.
A ParalympicsGB statement said: “ParalympicsGB and Beijing 2022 organisers are in constant contact and the ParalympicsGB welfare team, assisted by local medical and language support organised by ParalympicsGB, are supporting Steve while tests are ongoing.
“As always, ParalympicsGB’s top priority is the health and welfare of its athletes which is why the decision for Steve to travel to the Games was made following extensive discussions between the athlete, GB Snowsport and ParalympicsGB in conjunction with medical experts based in the UK and in Beijing.
“The decision to travel considered all implications while supporting Steve’s strong desire to participate at the Games. ParalympicsGB continues to support Steve and his ambitions to compete in his remaining events.”
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