Something Ponti from Switzerland tests positive for COVID-19 43 days before the euro
Something Ponti from Switzerland tests positive for COVID-19 43 days before the euro

Something Ponti from Switzerland tests positive for COVID-19 43 days before the euro

2020 Tokyo bronze medalist in men’s 100 butterfly Noe Ponti has announced via Instagram that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Ponti recently participated in the 2022 World Cup in Budapest.

“After the adventures of the World Cup in Budapest, I came home very tired on Sunday night. Monday morning when I woke up I had a sore throat and a little fever. I ended up testing positive for COVID and therefore I have to take a forced break from training. However, I’m feeling pretty good now and hope to return to the pool soon, given the short time for the European Championships in Rome. Let’s all look forward with positivity … “

Ponti has a tight schedule between now and the European Championships, as they are scheduled to start in 43 days in Rome. That means there is not plenty of time to recover. As seen with the world championships with athletes like Lilly King and Duncan Scottit may take some adaptation to high-intensity swimming again after a COVID-19 diagnosis.

At the World Championships in 2022, Ponti competed in 50, 100 and 200 butterflies. He finished fourth in the 200 butterfly (1: 54.29), eighth in the 100 butterfly (51.51) and 13th in the 50 butterfly (23.29).

Ponti is not the only swimmer from Worlds who tests positive for COVID-19 as at least eight athletes total tested positive per. June 23. Among these eight was Australia Lani Pallister.

Not many masks were seen in the arena of the world championships. FINA’s COVID-19 protocols allowed masks to be optional after showing a negative PCR and antigen test upon arrival. FINA also did not require isolation for close contacts as long as these close contacts were vaccinated. FINA did not require vaccines for identification, and these rules only apply to authorized persons such as coaches and athletes. These rules did not apply to spectators.


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