CONI and Milan Cortina 2026 President Giovanni Malagò has been released from isolation at Beijing 2022 after testing positive for COVID-19  ©Getty Images

Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) President Giovanni Malagò has been released from isolation at Beijing 2022, following an earlier positive test for COVID-19.

CONI announced on February 1 that Malagò, a member of the International Olympic Committee, had tested positive for the virus, shortly after his arrival to the Chinese capital.

The positive was revealed following a test conducted at his hotel.

An update from the organisation said Malagò was released from isolation on Wednesday (February 9).

"The President of CONI, Giovanni Malagò, tested negative for the covid test," a CONI statement read.

"Therefore, according to the rules contained in the IOC playbook, he left the covid hotel where he had been placed in solitary confinement upon his arrival in China.

"[He] was transferred to his room in the hotel where the other IOC members stay in Beijing."

Malagò is also the President of the Organising Committee of the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, with the organising committee preparing to succeed Beijing 2022 as hosts.

Malagò has visited Yanqing today for the women's Alpine skiing super-G event.

CONI said he met with the organisation's secretary general Carlo Mornati and Flavio Roda, President of the Italian Winter Sports Federation.

CONI said the meeting was in accordance with the protocols and the playbooks outlined by the IOC.

Malagò had been prevented from attending the IOC Session in person on February 3 due to the positive test.

He was one of several IOC members forced to join the meeting online following positive tests for coronavirus.

This included International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons and IOC Athletes' Commission chair Emma Terho.

Milan Cortina 2026 are due to receive the Olympic flag at the Beijing 2022 Closing Ceremony on February 20.