London: Organisers of World Athletic Championships 2017 have ordered a floor in one of the hotels used by competitors to be quarantined after an outbreak of gastroenteritis was confirmed in a hotel, reported Guardian.
The Tower Hotel, near Tower Bridge, said on Tuesday that investigations in conjunction with health officers and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) concluded they “are not the source of the illness” but at least two athletes who were due to compete were forced to withdraw from their events and the German and Canadian teams who were staying there are also believed to have been affected.
“We have followed strict hygiene protocol, ensuring that those affected are not in contact with other guests and all public areas have been thoroughly sanitised,” the hotel stated.
Botswana’s Isaac Makwala (in pic above), a medal prospect in the 400m on Tuesday, was given medical dispensation to withdraw from the 200m heats after throwing up in the medical room.
Makwala would normally be scratched from the final after pulling out of another event. As he missed the heats on medical advice, however, he would be able to run, if fit.
A number of other athletes staying at the same hotel also have gastroenteritis, including the Ireland 400m hurdler Thomas Barr. “I’m gutted to have to withdraw from the semi-final. My whole year has been focused on the world championships. To not be able to go out and compete for Ireland is beyond disappointing.”
An organisers’ statement read: “Those affected have been supported by both team and local organising committee medical staff. In addition we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained.
“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.”