Austrian gold medal favourite Marita Kramer will miss the Winter Olympics after testing positive for Covid and American bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor is also a doubt.
Kramer, 20, was due to compete in the women’s ski jumping event which starts on Saturday.
Meyers Taylor, 37, a medallist at each of the past three Games, is world number one in both two-woman bob and monobob. She is currently in isolation in Beijing with qualification for her first event starting on 10 February.
In a briefing on Wednesday, Dr Brian McCloskey, chair of the medical expert panel for Beijing 2022, said 11 people attending the Games – as athletes, officials or workers – had been hospitalised but that “none of those are seriously ill in any way”.
The latest figures released by organisers show a further 32 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 232 since a ‘closed-loop system’ was introduced on 23 January to separate those involved and participating at the Games from the local population.
Sweden and Norway have both confirmed that they have had two new cases each but so far none of Team GB’s delegation of athletes, coaches and team officials has tested positive.
Meanwhile, Kramer, who has dominated this season’s World Cup events, expressed her disappointment at having to withdraw.
“No words, no feelings, just emptiness,” she wrote on social media. “Is the world really this unfair? The last years I have prepared for the Olympics. I have put in so much energy and time in it to make my dreams come true.
“Now it feels that my dreams are gone within one day.”