Six Czech athletes positive test prior to Olympic training camp

David Kleich, Buck, and teammates from the Czech Republic celebrate their goals in the US-Czech Republic Ice Hockey World Championship quarterfinals at the Jyske Bank Boxen Arena in Herning, Denmark, May 17, 2018. .. (Petr David Josek / AP photo)

Prague — Six players from the Czech Republic’s Olympic hockey team have been tested positive for the coronavirus, national team coach Filip Pešán said Friday.

The six players are all one of a group of twelve people from Russia-based KHL, all unnamed.

“This is a complicated situation and changes every hour,” Peshan said, adding that none of the positive athletes had symptoms.

Those who do the negative test will stay in the bubble at a hotel near the team’s training facility in Prague, but according to the negative test, the positive will be isolated at home and will join the team later. ..

The Czechs have nominated a preliminary team of 24 people for the Beijing Olympics. Predicting that a coronavirus test could be positive, Pešán has 30 alternatives.

Former Boston Bruins Center David Kleich will lead a Beijing hockey team that NHL does not participate in. The 35-year-old Kleich left Boston in July after 14 seasons in the NHL to continue his career in the Czech Republic.

The first part of the team is set to fly to Beijing on Thursday.

Associated Press