- Eric Frenzel and his teammate Terence Weber have tested positive for COVID-19.
- The German Olympic Sports Federation confirms the cases shortly before the opening ceremony.
- Both are in quarantine, but hope to be recovered in time to participate in the Games.
BEIJING: Germany’s three-time Olympic Nordic Combined Champion Eric Frenzel and his teammate Terence Weber were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Friday.
The German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB) confirmed the cases shortly before the opening ceremony in the Chinese capital.
Weber and Frenzel were among six athletes who tested positive for the coronavirus after part of the German team landed at Beijing airport on Thursday.
Of the six members of the German team who initially tested positive, after retesting, only Frenzel and Weber were confirmed to have the coronavirus.
“The athletes were already separated from the team after the first test. Currently, there are no so-called close contacts for either of them,” the DOSB said in a statement.
“The four other suspected cases from the skeleton and ice hockey teams were not confirmed after two rounds of retesting,” the DOSB added.
Both Frenzel and Weber are in quarantine but hope to recover in time to compete in the Games.
The German team now has three confirmed cases of COVID-19 after figure skater Nolan Seegert tested positive on Wednesday.