Kate Caithness of the World Curling Federation was one of seven winter sport representatives to send her well wishes to China ©Getty Images

A group of Olympic Winter Sports Federations have expressed their support for the work in China in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.

The Presidents of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation, International Biathlon Union, International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), International Luge Federation, International Skating Union, World Curling Federation (WCF) and the International Ski Federation (FIS) all released statements supporting the nation as it continues preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing. 

China's Winter Sport Management Centre sent letters to the International Federations regarding the national teams' prevention measures for the moment and received positive responses from everyone. 

Kate Caithness, President of the WCF, wrote in the letter, "Everyone applauds the Chinese Health Authorities for the quick and efficient measures they have put in place to prevent the spread of this dreadful virus."

Over 7,000 of the infected 64,000 people have recovered from the illness so far ©Getty Images
Over 7,000 of the infected 64,000 people have recovered from the illness so far ©Getty Images

IIHF President Rene Fasel expressed the wish to work with China for Beijing 2022 promising that they will do their best to "build and preserve a positive legacy for Chinese ice hockey for the future".

"It is impressive to see the extensive and meticulous measures you are taking," Sarah Lewis, secretary-general of the FIS, said.

"The rest of the world can learn many things."

To date, over 64,000 people have been infected by the disease with 1,384 people dying - all but three coming from China.