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Breaking news: Germany stay in figure skating team event

BEIJING (AP) — The latest news on the Beijing Olympics:

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Germany will continue with team competition to open the figure skating program at the Winter Games, although they will not score any pairs points after Nolan Seegert tested positive for COVID-19 upon his arrival in Beijing.

Her partner, Minerva Fabienne Hase, skated alone during Thursday’s team practice. She had been considered a close contact but returned two negative tests, allowing her to leave quarantine at her hotel.

While many nations have multiple pairs teams in Beijing, Seegert and Hase are the only ones to represent Germany. He was therefore left with two options: withdraw from the team competition or take no points in pairs. The rest of the team decided to compete, but not taking any points in the pairs discipline knocked Germany out of the medal hunt.

German coach Vitali Schulz said “there is hope the pair can compete in the individual event” if Seegert tests negative before the start on February 18. The duet is the last discipline of the Olympic programme.

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The Czech Republic team said ski jumpers Viktor Polášek and Čestmír Kožíšek tested positive for COVID-19 upon their arrival in Beijing.

The Czech Olympic committee says Polášek, who is a former junior world champion, has no symptoms but is in an isolation hotel.

The team says Kožíšek has recently recovered from an infection and has been kept on close contact protocol. This allows him to train while living apart from other athletes and officials.

Qualifying jumps for the men’s normal hill begin Saturday in Zhangjiakou.

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Organizers announced another 55 positive tests for COVID-19 at the Beijing Olympics.

The updated daily figure includes 26 cases among athletes and team officials out of around 68,000 tests. Thirteen of them were found upon arrival in Beijing and the remaining 13 were from daily PCR tests.

The remaining 29 cases involved workers and accredited personnel.

A total of 287 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded since January 23. These people have been placed in solitary confinement.

The IOC said on Wednesday that at least 11 people had been treated in a hospital, but there were no serious cases.

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Figure skater Nolan Seegert has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation in his hotel, leaving Germany without its only pairs team when competition begins with the team event on Friday.

The German Olympic Sports Confederation said Seegert tested positive upon arrival in Beijing and had no symptoms. His partner, Minerva Fabienne Hase, was considered a close contact and is also in isolation, although she can be released from quarantine by returning two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

The team event obliges each country to propose a competitor in each discipline: men, women, pairs and ice dance. The rules state that any athlete who tests positive must be substituted or ‘the team event will be skated with one less team’, but with Germany having no other pair in Beijing they could be forced to withdraw .

Seegert could still compete in the paired event if he makes the negative tests necessary. The pairs event starts on February 18.

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