Athletes staying at one of the team hotels for the London World Athletics Championship has suffered gastroenteritis, the event organisers have confirmed.
This means most athletes will not be able to compete in the various events with the latest being Botswana’s Isaac Makwala who was ruled out of Monday’s 200m heats despite a key favourite and is also unclear whether he will be ready to race in the 400m final.
Some German and Canadian athletes who were staying at the hotel fell ill last week and the IAAF has indicated that those to arrive at the hotel will be moved to other hotels.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) released a statement saying;
“There have been a number of cases of gastroenteritis reported by team members residing within one of the official team hotels for the World Championships”.
“Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC 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”.
The Tower Hotel said investigations conducted with environmental health officers and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had shown the hotel was “not the source of the illness”.
It added: “We have followed strict hygiene protocol, ensuring that those affected are not in contact with other guests and all public areas have been thoroughly sanitized”.