Quebecer Maxence Parrot has withdrawn from the X Games scheduled for the weekend in Aspen, Colorado, due to the uncertainty related to his examinations to detect COVID-19.
According to a press release issued Thursday morning, the Bromont snowboarder was to take a plane on Tuesday to join the group of competitors. However, he tested positive for the coronavirus. Having no symptoms, Parrot had another test within 24 to 48 hours and it was negative. The eight-time X Games gold medalist was awaiting a result for a third test, but opted out.
“Of course, I am extremely disappointed to miss the X Games. Given the current circumstances of the pandemic, it was the right decision to take, ”he commented.
“I had several discussions with Health Canada and the organizers of the X Games and although it is an ambiguous situation, it was agreed that it was safer for me to stay at home in order to ensure the safety of all, ”he added.
Last week, the Canadian snowboard team identified a positive case for the coronavirus among its athletes taking part in the World Cup in Laax, Switzerland. Earlier in January, Parrot won the Big Air event of the World Cup in Kreischberg, Austria.