When Lokomotiv arrived in Sochi for the game on Sep. 17, 11 players and one staff member showed symptoms of illness. The club management informed the KHL that part of the team should be regarded as being in the contact group. In the interests of the safety of everyone involved in the league, the team returned home to Yaroslavl. On arrival, everyone was tested for COVID-19. The initial test results were negative, but nine players continued to report symptoms.
As a result of this situation, the game between HC Sochi and Lokomotiv was postponed. In addition, the game against Dinamo Minsk, which was due to be played on Sep. 19, was also postponed because there wasn’t enough time to prepare additional players from the Lokomotiv system and arrange the necessary documentation for them to cross the border into Belarus.
On Sunday, Sep. 20, every Lokomotiv player – whether in the first team or in the reserves or juniors – will undergo in-depth testing. Lokomotiv and the KHL are doing everything possible to ensure that the game at Kunlun Red Star on Sep. 21 can go ahead as scheduled.