The powerful Norwegian cross-country ski team, including three-time sprint Olympic medalist Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, has withdrawn from the rest of the World Cup cross-country races due to fear of the coronavirus. Its riders will therefore be absent at the weekend in Quebec as well as at the Minneapolis and Canmore events which will conclude the 2019-2020 season.
If so , Klæbo will not be able to catch the Russian Alexander Bolshunov in the general classification of the World Cup. However, he said he agreed with the decision of the Norwegian Cross Country Skiing Federation, saying that everyone should help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Skiers Heidi Weng, Ragnhild Haga and Oskar Svensson, who were already in Quebec, will therefore have to return to the country.
Italy, which had announced the package of four of its five athletes, and Thailand, which had canceled the participation of its only athlete, native and resident of Italy, had been the first countries to withdraw from the stage of the World Cup to be contested on the Plains of Abraham.