Athletes competing at worlds get sick at official hotel

Van Niekerk begins double-bid with easy win

Botswana's Isaac Makwala is the latest competitor to pull out after the sickness spread through the official competitors' hotel.

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Earlier Tuesday, the IAAF said Makwala was out of the final "due to a medical condition on the instruction of the IAAF Medical Delegate".

The IAAF said no other athletes that have already qualified will be affected if Makwala makes the field.

And in a statement issued hours before Wednesday's semifinals, the IAAF said it had received a written request from the Botswanan federation for their athlete to compete in the 200m.

Organisers said gastroenteritis had been reported by team members in one of the official team hotels.

"I was ready for this, I worked hard for this", he added "So I feel like sabotaging or something".

"Isaac has been denied entry to the stadium and has been taken back to the hotel where the team stays", Botswana national sports commission chief executive Falcon Sedimo told the BBC.


The IAAF has insisted it gave clear communication to the Botswana delegation that Makwala would not be allowed to run following a medical examination. "My role is to ensure the healthcare of all the athletes here and it's a very infectious and very virulent disease".

However, there is a question mark over Makwala's participation after he was forced to sit out Monday's 200m heats with food poisoning.

A spokesman for the Tower Hotel says it has followed "strict hygiene protocol" and claim those affected aren't in contact with other guests.

Irish 400m hurdler Thomas Barr was ruled out of his semi-final on Monday after falling ill, while athletes from Canada, Germany and Puerto Rico have also been hit.

He was expected to be one of Wayde van Niekerk's rivals for the gold, before the IAAF blocked him from competing.

Public Health England (PHE) said 30 athletes and support staff had been affected at a central London hotel, with two cases confirmed as being the norovirus bug.

Public Health England confirmed the outbreak of the highly contagious virus, which causes vomiting, diarrhea, a low-grade fever, aches and abdominal pain.

In fairness to the global governing body Makwala had been unable to contest the 200m heats the previous day after vomiting in the stadium medical room, the symptoms mirroring the many athletes who have fallen victim here in London to an outbreak of gastroenteritis.

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