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Russia’s pentathlete Lebedeva unable to join training camp after diagnosed with COVID-19

The athlete has been in self-isolation for almost a week, she told TASS Tuesday
Training session at the Modern Pentathlon Centre in Moscow Vladimir Gerdo/TASS
Training session at the Modern Pentathlon Centre in Moscow
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MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. Russia’s world and European medalist in modern pentathlon Svetlana Lebedeva told TASS on Tuesday she had been in self-isolation for almost a week after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

"I have been at home in self-isolation for a week already; I wasn’t hospitalized," Lebedeva said. "I was planning to join the training camp at the Severny center in Moscow and took a test for the coronavirus on June 19, which later turned out to be positive."

Vyacheslav Aminov, the president of the Russian Modern Pentathlon Federation (RMPF), told TASS earlier this month that the Russian national team of modern pentathlon would begin its training sessions for the upcoming season on June 15 at the newly-built training center Severny in the north of Moscow. Russian national pentathletes were initially scheduled to gather for the training session at the Novogorsk training center outside Moscow.

"I did not feel well on June 22 and informed my doctor and later that day my coronavirus test came in positive," she continued.

"I immediately went to a medical center, where I, first of all, underwent lungs tomography," she continued. "I was prescribed special treatment and I signed an undertaking to self-isolate."

"This week I am scheduled to take two follow-up tests for the virus," Lebedeva said. "I am feeling very well at the moment and I can say that my disease runs without any symptoms."

The 29-year-old pentathlete is the bronze medalist of the 2018 European Modern Pentathlon Championships. She is also the 2012 European champion in modern pentathlon women’s relay, the silver medalist of the 2012 World Championships (in mixed relay) and the silver medalist of the 2015 European Championships (in women’s relay).

On May 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a proposal from the Sports Ministry of Russia to reopen training camps for national teams’ athletes provided that all disciplinary and sanitary measures in view of the COVID-19 pandemic are strictly observed.


In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus — named COVID-19 by the WHO — have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 10,429,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 508,400 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 5,689,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.

To date, 647,849 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 412,650 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 9,320 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.​