Noe Ponti of Switzerland Tests Positive for COVID-19 43 Days before Euros

2020 Tokyo Bronze Medalist in the men’s 100 butterfly Noe Ponti has announced via Instagram that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Ponti recently competed at the 2022 World Championships in Budapest.

“After the adventure of the World Championships in Budapest, I arrived home very tired on Sunday night. Monday morning when I woke up, I found myself with a sore throat and some fever. I ended up testing positive for COVID and therefore I have to take a forced break from training. However, I am quite well now and hope to return to the pool soon, given the short time until the European Championships in Rome. Let us all look forward with positivity…”

Ponti has a tight schedule between now and the European Championships as those are scheduled to begin in 43 days in Rome. This means that there is not a ton of time to recover. As seen with the World Championships with athletes like Lilly King and Duncan Scott, it can take some adjusting to high-intensity swimming again after a COVID-19 diagnosis.

At the 2022 World Championships, Ponti competed in the 50, 100, and 200 butterflies. He finished fourth in the 200 butterfly (1:54.29), eighth in the 100 butterfly (51.51), and 13th in the 50 butterfly (23.29).

Ponti is not the only swimmer from Worlds to test positive for COVID-19 as at least eight athletes total tested positive as of June 23rd. Among those eight was Australia’s Lani Pallister.

Not many masks were seen in the arena of the World Championships. FINA’s protocols for COVID-19 allowed for masks to be optional after showing a negative PCR and antigen test upon arrival. FINA also did not require isolation for close contacts, as long as those close contacts were vaccinated. FINA did not require vaccines for credentialing and these rules apply only to credentialed individuals such as coaches and athletes. These rules did not apply to spectators.

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CraigH
5 months ago

They finally got to party with the other countries’ athletes after the last event. Oops

Go Kamminga Go
5 months ago

Get well soon

JimSwim22
5 months ago

Did he test positive or is he actually sick?

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  JimSwim22
5 months ago

Or maybe both?

pancake lover 55
Reply to  JimSwim22
5 months ago

Did you read his post. He says he has a fever seems sick to me

PBJswimming
Reply to  JimSwim22
5 months ago

Both. It’s in his Instagram post. Tired, fever, sore throat. Feeling better after a few days.

Teddy
5 months ago

Honestly, not he worst timing

Not getting it would be better, but lots of recovery time

Noah
5 months ago

How about “3 days after the end of Worlds.” This shows that other athletes may be sick as well.

Madman2028
Reply to  Noah
5 months ago

Definitely are. Unwritten rule is don’t test unless you have symptoms

Ruben
Reply to  Noah
5 months ago

Kira Toussaint just announced she’s positive for COVID on insta. There surely are more.

Noah
Reply to  Ruben
5 months ago

Both were at the arena photoshoot right after worlds.

Dorien
Reply to  Ruben
5 months ago

And Sarah Sjöström as well…

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