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Biathlon - Olympic champ Fourcade has glandular fever

Biathlon - Olympic champ Fourcade has glandular fever

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Double Olympic champion biathlete Martin Fourcade attends a press conference in Font-Romeu, in the French Pyrenees, southern France, on April 20, 2014. Fourcade, 25, was cheered by 600 people during a visit in the ski resort where he obtained his first results. AFP PHOTO / RAYMOND ROIG (AFP Photo/RAYMOND ROIG)

- France's double Olympic biathlon champion Martin Fourcade's season preparations have been hampered by glandular fever.

The illness, which leaves the sufferer feeling extremely tired, could hinder the 25-year-old's bid to compete in both the biathlon World Cup, which he has won for the past three seasons, and World Cup cross-country events.

"Medical tests carried out recently as a result of Martin's extreme fatigue have revealed the presence of the virus," a French Ski Federation statement read.

"This illness has hampered his early season programme and forced Martin to rest for several weeks."

Fourcade won the 20km individual and 12.5km pursuit titles at the Winter Olympics in Sochi last February.


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