High level meeting underway to address health scare at London World Champs

By Jeremain Brown

Reporting from the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London


A high level emergency meeting involving IAAF and medical officials from the various teams is currently being held in London to address the public health issue which has been affecting athletes at the ongoing IAAF World Athletics Championships. RJR Sports understands there has been approximately 40 reported cases of the norovirus at the championships so far.

It is believed participating nations have been affected with Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson being Jamaica's only suspected case.

The meeting is being held to discuss the effects and impact of the virus which has already had far reaching effects including the barring of Botswana’s Isaac Mckwala from the men's 400 metre final on Tuesday. This came even after the Bostwanian and his team protested and noted he was feeling well and was never diagnosed with the illness.

It is suspected he had contracted the virus after showing symptoms following a bout of vomitting in the athletes' medical area following his 400 metre semi-final and was exempted from his 200 metre heat on Monday.

Canadian sprinter Aaron Brown has also revealed that he picked up the virus three days before the start to the men's 200 metre preliminaries. The hardest hit teams have been Ireland , Botswana, Germany and Canada who have 7 reported cases. All four nations have been staying at the same hotel in London. 

The Norovirus, sometimes called 'the winter vomiting bug', is easily spread, partly because the virus can survive for several days outside the body.


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