Dengue fear near Velo­drome

New Straits Times - - Sport -

CY­CLING team man­ager Omar Saad has urged his riders to take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures as he claimed that the ar­eas sur­round­ing the Na­tional Velo­drome in Ni­lai is an Aedes mos­quito breed­ing ground.

"This was brought up when I at­tended a meeting in re­gard to the host­ing of the 2018 Asian Cy­cling Cham­pi­onships (ACC) to­day," said Omar, who is also the Malaysian Na­tional Cy­cling Fed­er­a­tion (MNCF) vice pres­i­dent.

"I was told that the breed­ing rate of the Aedes mos­quito is 54 per cent in the ar­eas sur­round­ing the velo­drome, while it is at four per cent in the ar­eas within the velo­drome.

"This was tested by a doc­tor from the Tuanku Ja'afar Hos­pi­tal in Serem­ban".

Omar stressed that it is a wor­ry­ing statis­tic as the na­tional team are cur­rently un­der­go­ing their fi­nal phase of train­ing at the velo­drome for the Sea Games.

"I will brief our riders as soon as pos­si­ble. We do not want health is­sues with the games so close.

"I will ask them to be care­ful and use cream and other re­pel­lents. The same doc­tor said his party will also con­duct pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures such as clean­ing and fog­ging,” he added. Azlan Muham­mad Zain

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