The Norwegian Ski Federation reports that a total of four Cross-country runners have left for home from Val Senales a little earlier than planned because of the illness. The runners include Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, Therese Johaug, Petter Northug and Emil Iversen.
“The runners who travel still need more time before they can train normally and we do not take any chances at this time of year,” says Øystein Andersen, medical officer in the Ski Federation.
Recently, many of the runners of cross-country camp fell victim to the norovirus gastrointestinal infection. Initially, it was Northug and Iversen but lately Johaug, Jacobsen and Mari Eide also became ill.
According to the plan, the summit in Val Senales was supposed to end on November 1st, Wednesday in a week. The affected runners were isolated in the hotel but that was not enough, so, they left for their home prior to what was scheduled.