Another player on the Russian Olympic Committee women’s hockey team tested positive for COVID-19 one day after facing Canada in a game that was delayed over virus concerns.
Russian forward Polina Bolgareva produced a positive test on Tuesday, head coach Evgeny Bobariko told state news agency RIA Novosti. ROC now has eight players unavailable to play in Beijing due to COVID-19.
Bolgareva was in the lineup on Monday when the Canadian team initially refused to take the ice after expressing concerns that ROC failed to submit their pre-match testing in time.
This resulted in both teams beginning the game wearing masks. The Russians returned to the ice after the second intermission without their masks, while the Canadians finished the game, a 6-1 victory, with their masks on.
"Everybody saw how we played against Canada with masks and took them off after the second period, when we received the results of our tests. They were all negative," Bobariko told RIA Novosti.
"We arrived at the Olympic Village after the game against Canada and found out that Polina had tested positive for the coronavirus.
"I don’t understand how this happened. Her test in the morning that had shown a negative result suddenly became positive."
Before testing positive, the 23-year-old scored three goals in her team's first three games. ROC finished the preliminary round 1-3-0-0 after a 5-0 loss to Finland on Tuesday.
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