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Over COVID worries, South Sudanese pre-Olympic ski camp crosses cross-country skiing

Over COVID worries, South Sudanese pre-Olympic ski camp crosses cross-country skiing

Sweden's cross-country skiers have moved their final pre-Olympic training camp to Livigno following reports of a surge of COVID-19 infections in their original destination of Seiser Alm, according to the country's ski federation on Saturday.

"The rise of positive tests is a reason why we chose to find more comfortable accommodations," says Livigno's manager.

On Saturday, the team of 18 Swedish athletes will travel to Livigno, about 170km west of Seiser Alm, for altitude training before departing for China.

"In these times, a good organization must be flexible, and in this case, thanks to quick and careful work, we may find a better alternative than the one we first chose for our Olympic camp," Bystrom explained.

Charlotte Kalla, a three-time Olympic champion and six-time silver medalist, is getting ready for her fourth Games.

"We will be able to get optimum training in the tracks around Livigno," Bystrom said.

(This story corrects paragraph 3 to say.. west of Seiser Alm..not.. east.)

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