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Olympics-Figure skating-Canada’s Messing awaits travel clearance

Randy Mancini 15 Feb 2
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Internationaux de France
FILE PHOTO: Figure Skating - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Internationaux de France - Patinoire Polesud, Grenoble, France - November 20, 2021 Canada's Keegan Messing in action during the men's free skating REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

February 2, 2022

BEIJING (Reuters) – Canadian figure skater Keegan Messing has yet to be cleared to travel to China two days before the start of the Beijing Games as he awaits the results of his COVID-19 tests, the Canadian Olympic Committee said on Wednesday.

“Keegan Messing is currently still in Canada and awaiting the necessary negative COVID-19 test results for travel to Beijing,” the Canadian Olympic Committee said in a statement.

“We are hopeful he will be able to travel soon.”

The 30-year-old, who finished 12th at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, is the Canadian national champion.

Canada will take part in the team event that starts on Friday with the men’s short program.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Ed Osmond)