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Dressage World Championships: British rider starts despite corona infection


The Brits finished second ahead of Germany at the World Dressage Championships - also thanks to Gareth Hughes, who was allowed to take part despite his corona infection. The German national coach is surprised.

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Dressage rider Gareth Hughes (on Saturday at Classic Briolinca)


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The British rider Gareth Hughes started at the Dressage World Championships in Herning, Denmark, despite a corona infection.

"He has Covid," his team-mate Richard Davison said on Sunday.

"It is allowed."

Shortly before, the British team had won the silver medal, the German riders had landed in third place.

Were it not for Hughes' result, Britain would not have finished second, Germany would.

Gold went to Denmark.

A spokeswoman for the British team said Hughes does not have to be quarantined under current law.

All rules were observed.

"He kept his distance from everyone," she explained.

The procedure had been agreed with the organizer.

»Medals are one thing, but health is another«

According to her own statements, the German dressage national trainer Monica Theodorescu knew nothing about the corona infection of the Briton.

"I'm totally surprised," she told the German Press Agency.

»We have to discuss this as a team.«

She didn't meet Hughes and therefore didn't congratulate her, said the German coach.

Otherwise she would have done that.

"But everyone else did it, everyone was on the podium together." Regarding the sporting effects of starting despite illness, she said: "Medals are one thing, but health is another."

Australian cricketer also competes with corona infection

A similar case also occurred at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Australian player Tahlia May McGrath competed in the cricket final – who had recently tested positive for the corona virus.

McGrath had reported mild symptoms to team management.

Despite a positive test result, she received clearance to play from the International Cricket Council and also from the Commonwealth Games Foundation.

She defeated the team from India and won gold.

Had the competition been held in Australia and not England, McGrath would not have been admitted.

Her teammate Megan Schutt said after the final that the team knew about the positive test and had no problem with it.

"Probably the strangest thing of all was not being able to celebrate with her."


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-08-08

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