A clear feed from the Norwegian prime minister, Erna Solberg, to avoid all unnecessary travel to foreign countries, is not enough to keep the 38-year-old skiskytte Vetle Sjåstad Christiansen home in Norway.
Monday shall he to the Lavazé in northern Italy to train the next 14 days. It happens in spite of the invitation, he says to VG.
- I was not taken by the place, if I do not think that it is absolutely necessary for me. The other skiskytter will not travel, but we are different and have different needs. If I have to bet and go with cross-country skiing in the future, I need to take the necessary steps.
Christiansen has carefully planned the trip, where his childhood friend makes him the company. Everything is taken care of in advance, including a rented car and a house in the area in order to avoid too much unnecessary movement.
(picture) Kim Kastrup
They therefore expect only that they should swing by a store a single time in the course of the 14 days, they're off.
According to the skiskytten it is far more risky in relation to coronavirus to be in Oslo, where he now lives and trains than it is to travel to northern Italy.
- Here we are in the midst of the epicenter 22.5 infected per 100,000 inhabitants. Last I checked, the number was between two and three per 100,000 inhabitants, he says, and explains that the biggest risk of the trip is the flight from Oslo.
- I was not taken off, if I was not sure it would go well.
Christiansen expect to pay 40.000 crowns from his own pocket for the stay, but he think he will get much out of it in the end.
- It will be an optimal training program, which will be good for me. I can not say other than that I look forward, he says.
Vetle Sjåstad Christiansen has in the Biathlon two WORLD cup gold medals in the relay-discipline as its most important results.
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