Russian Olympic hockey player tests positive after Canada mask fiasco

A Russian Olympic hockey player tested positive for COVID-19 at the 2022 Beijing Games after a 6-1 loss to Canada on Monday.

Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) striker Polina Bolgareva has tested positive for COVID-19 after suffering the loss to Canada. She is the 8th Russian player now under COVID protocol. Six members of the ROC have been placed in solitary confinement after testing positive last week.

The positive test adds another wrinkle to one of Beijing’s emerging stories.

Canada initially refused to take the ice against Russia in a round-robin game two days ago because the ROC’s COVID-19 test results were not given to them by the team’s chief medical officer.

Canada forced the long delay before both teams chose to play as wear face masks.

“With limited information at the time, our team has come to an agreement with the ROC to delay the start of today’s game,” Hockey Canada said in a statement after the game. “This deadline has been extended to one hour after the original start time of 12:10 p.m. It was further agreed that, as a precaution, all players would wear masks for the game. »

The ROC players removed their masks after the second period. Canada continued to wear them.

Hockey Canada finally stated that “Prior to the third period, both teams received the necessary negative COVID-19 test results. Teams were given the option to remove their masks for the final period, but Canada’s players opted to finish the game wearing masks.

The IIHF said wearing the mask was “out of an abundance of caution”.

Finland followed Canada’s trend and wore masks in their match against ROC on Tuesday.

Russian players did not.

Finland won the game 5-0.

Canada, which beat the United States 4-2 on Tuesday, will face the third-place team from Group B in the quarter-finals later this week.

Catherine J. Martinez