2020 European champion Alena Kostornaia has tested positive for the coronavirus and is forced to withdraw from this weekend’s fifth stage of the Cup of Russia series in Moscow.
The official website of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia posted that Kostornaia underwent a mandatory test on the eve of the competition and the test returned positive. According to sources in the Russian media, the 17-year-old shows no signs of the illness.
In order to return to the ice, Kostornaia is required to have two consecutive negative tests. It is important to note that the Russian National Figure Skating Championship will take place in just three weeks – starting December 24.
Kostornaia’s coach Evgeni Plushenko posted the results of four negative test results to his Instagram stories and wrote “Negative! Take care of yourself and your loved ones!”
Earlier this week, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Dmitri Aliev also tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew from this weekend’s stage of the Cup of Russia series. Tuktamysheva’s training partners Mikhail Kolyada and Anastasia Guliakova also withdrew immediately – there was no announcement about their health; however, a TASS reporter said in a podcast that the two are sick but it is not the coronavirus. Coach Alexei Mishin said that among his skaters only Tuktamysheva and Gleb Lutfullin have tested positive.
Other skaters who were involved in the recent Rostelecom Cup have shown some kind of cold or flu-like symptoms – including Jonathan Guerreiro, Victoria Sinitsina, and Nikita Katsalapov.
The fifth stage of the Cup of Russia will take place from December 5 to 8. For the schedule and list of participants, click here.