Carl Verheijen, chef de mission of the Dutch athletes at the upcoming Olympic Games, has tested positive for the corona virus.

The former skater, who is making his debut as chef de mission at the Winter Games, is in isolation for the time being. “In the coming days I will continue to work and live in a secluded place in Papendal,” said Verheijen. “I still have two weeks until I leave for China. I am expected to recover in time.”

On Wednesday, Verheijen moved into national sports center Papendal. In the PCR test that preceded it, he tested positive. “I have no idea where I contracted the virus. That could be in Papendal, but with three daughters at home, it could just as well have happened in the private situation.”

Verheijen says he is free of complaints. “It is too early to say whether this will have consequences for my work as chef de mission in Beijing. My assessment is that I can carry out my work during the Winter Games.”

Since last week, Verheijen has officially been in charge of the Dutch Olympic team as chef de mission. The Beijing Olympics start on February 4.


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