Stom­ach up­sets sweep cham­pi­onships

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: A num­ber of ath­letes at the World Cham­pi­onships have been laid low by stom­ach up­sets with Botswana’s Isaac Mak­wala say­ing on Mon­day he was forced to with­draw from the 200m heats be­cause of food poi­son­ing.

Lon­don 2017 or­gan­is­ers re­leased a state­ment late on Mon­day say­ing that a num­ber of teams had re­ported cases of gas­troen­teri­tis at their of­fi­cial ho­tel.

“Those af­fected have been sup­ported by both team and LOC med­i­cal staff, in ad­di­tion we have been work­ing with Public Health Eng­land to en­sure the sit­u­a­tion is man­aged and con­tained,” the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee said in a state­ment.

“As a re­sult, fur­ther ad­vice and guide­lines have been is­sued to team doc­tors and sup­port staff stan­dard pro­ce­dure for such an oc­cur­rence where a num­ber of teams are oc­cu­py­ing cham­pi­onship ac­com­mo­da­tion.”

It was not im­me­di­ately clear if Mak­wala, who pulled out of the 200m heats ear­lier on Mon­day, was stay­ing at the ho­tel in ques­tion but he said on his Face­book page that other ath­letes in his ac­com­mo­da­tion had been ill.

“Ac­cord­ing to IAAF medics I am ap­par­ently suf­fer­ing from food poi­son­ing which has af­fected sev­eral other ath­letes in the ath­letes’ ho­tel,” he wrote on his Face­book page.

“Lets hope they will al­low me to run my fi­nal tomorrow.”

Ire­land’s 400m hur­dler Thomas Barr was also forced out of his semi-fi­nals on Mon­day.

“I wasn’t feel­ing great yes­ter­day evening and later in the night I was hit with a bad bout of gas­troen­teri­tis,” Barr said in an Ath­let­ics Ire­land state­ment. Reuters

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