SA ath­letes ready for Trans­plant Games

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - KASHIEFA AJAM

MORE than 40 South African or­gantrans­plant re­cip­i­ents will take part in this year’s World Trans­plant Games in Aus­tralia this week­end.

The games at­tract up to 3 000 par­tic­i­pants from more than 70 coun­tries and fea­ture 14 sports in­clud­ing ath­let­ics, swim­ming and volleyball.

All World Trans­plant Games par­tic­i­pants must have re­ceived a life- sav­ing or­gan trans­plant and be on a regime of im­muno­sup­pres­sant med­i­ca­tion. The games en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion from peo­ple of all ages – from four to 85.

Cape Town’s Tracy Jegels – who needed a bone mar­row trans­plant af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with leukaemia in 1996 – is com­pet­ing at the games.

The 17th World Trans­plant Games are be­ing held on Queens­land’s Gold Coast from to­day to Au­gust 30.

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