October 7, 2010 by staff
The federation had ordered the pool to immediately test for contamination.
Two Australian gold medal hopefuls, Olympic medalists Andrew Stoeckel and Hayden Lauterstein were driven from their first events yesterday, the fourth day of swimming competition, with suspected cases of gastroenteritis.
Australian team leader Steve Moneghetti revealed that three athletes from other sports were dropped to the debilitating disease, and five others were reported yesterday upset stomach.
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“They (the three most severe cases) are not hospitalized, but if it happens to be more serious step of our medical director (Dr Peter Harcourt) will get involved,” said Moneghetti.
“There are only three cases, we follow in this moment in time and they are not swimmers, but there seems to be a larger number of swimmers over a dozen -. -. (Sick), it seems quite isolated to the swim team at the moment. ”
Swimmers who complained of stomach pains last week include Robert Hurley, Ryan Napoleon, Marieke Guehrer, Ashley Delaney and Daniel Arnamnart.
Moneghetti said the team’s medical staff does not think the stomach problems are the result of the food served in the athlete’s village. Australian food company Delaware North is the delivery of food for athletes and said Wednesday that independent tests had given the all clear meal-.
“(Harcourt) do not think it’s related to diet because it seems more limited to a particular sport,” said Moneghetti.
“Obviously, we all eat in the dining room or casual dining – all eat the same food – and there are very few cases across the board, if any, specifically in sports.”
CGF President Mike Fennell was interviewed on hygiene in the village and the aquatic center yesterday and said he would ask pools test “as a matter of urgency”.
“If there is something dangerous, you can not swim in this water, so we will cope,” said Fennell.
The England team also sought to assure the quality of the water, amid speculation that the pigeon droppings may have contaminated water. The pigeons are perched in the heights of buildings and their droppings are visible in the stands.
Insiders estimate that 40 of the 66 British swimmers competing in Delhi (representing England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) had an upset stomach, with varying degrees of severity. Top sprinter Fran Halsall seems the most affected.
In a statement, the England team said only eight percent of his team (50 people) had had “some type of stomach light conditions” during the past month.
Stoeckel, who complained of stomach pains after the 200m backstroke heats on Wednesday, when he was a surprise non-qualification, has further deteriorated later in the day and could not start in 100 backstroke yesterday.
Lauterstein removed from the 50m butterflies final on Wednesday night with vomiting and diarrhea. But he hoped to be well enough to challenge the preliminary round of the 100m butterflies yesterday. He arrived in the planning pool to race, but after warming up, he realized he would not be able to participate.
Head coach Leigh Nugent National said the two swimmers had symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and fever and their absence would be keenly felt.
“They are really two spearheads, our No. 1 and No. 1 backstroke to butterfly, but this is one reason why you’re bringing a number of people to cover events,” said Nugent. “Andrew warmed today, but he had nothing.”
Lauterstein training partner, Geoff Huegill said he was “upset” to see the countryside of the swimmer games destroyed by the disease.
“I went to see him yesterday and he was flat on his back in his room,” said Huegill.
“His morale was very good and it came out this morning hoping for the race. But he got off the bus and went straight to the bathroom.”
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