FIS Alpine Men’s Chief Race Director Markus Waldner tested positive for COVID-19 directly following the slalom races in Flachau, according to a statement from the FIS on Monday. Immediately upon receiving the result, Waldner went into self-isolation.
All individuals in close contact with Waldner, including the FIS support staff, have subsequently been retested, and the results were negative, according to the statement. Assistant Race Directors Emmanuel Couder and Hannes Trinkl will take over responsibilities for Waldner at the upcoming weekend races in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
The news comes a week after a massive schedule reshuffling due to concerns over the COVID outbreak in Europe, which appears to be getting more serious with cases of the British variant, B.1.1.7, detected in the region. The annual races in Wengen, Switzerland had to be scrapped, along with a rescheduling of the slaloms that were expected in Kitzbuehel, which were moved to Flachau. This week, the tour heads to Kitzbuehel and Crans Montana for speed events.