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Makwala, other athletes affected by gastroenteritis at Worlds

Makwala, other athletes affected by gastroenteritis at Worlds

Athletes staying at one of the team hotels for the IAAF World Championships in London have been affected by an outbreak of gastroenteritis, officials have confirmed.

Mr Gers wrote: "Following your request, we are delighted to confirm that the IAAF technical delegates have reviewed your case and will allow Isaac Makwala to run his 200m heat this evening".

He came out of quarantine this afternoon (August 9), and his qualification race will be in London Stadium at 18:40.

"Makwala is required to run a time of 20.53 or faster to advance to the semi-finals".

"As per United Kingdom health regulations, it was requested that he be quarantined in his room for 48 hours", the IAAF said, noting that period ends at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

"It is not that I was sick, there is something more to it".

The IAAF said in a statement that Makwala was withdrawn because he was "diagnosed with an infectious disease" on Monday.

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The Botswana athlete had been considered the main threat to South Africa athlete, Olympic champion and world record holder, Wayde van Niekerk, who retained his world title by winning Tuesday's race.

But Botswana's Olympic boss, Falcon Sedimo, said the decision by the competition's governing body was "disturbing", owing to the fact that the 30-years-old was declared fit to run by the country's medical team.

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The IAAF has insisted it gave clear communication to the Botswana delegation that Makwala would not be allowed to run following a medical examination.

"No athletes already qualified for the semi-final will be adversely affected". The IAAF did not handle it brilliantly, and if the situation arose again I think it would be dealt with very differently.

"The elephant in the room is that Wayde van Niekerk is an IAAF favorite, a fan favorite, he's a favorite of everyone", the retired American runner said.

"PHE has been notified of a confirmed outbreak of norovirus among people associated with the World Athletics Championships", PHE's Dr. Deborah Turbitt said.

"It's only because I'm not a Great British athlete".

Several Botswana, German, Canadian, Irish and Puerto Rican athletes have taken ill over the last few days, with some quarantined and others forced to miss their events.

It's reported that 30 German athletes had been due at the hotel in Tower Hill today but will instead reside elsewhere.

"My advice from Public Health England was that we didn't need to take any [blood] samples because the symptoms are the same, the length of the vomiting and other aspects are the same, so we didn't need to take any other specimens".

Isaac Makwala is one of the many athletes suffering from a bout of food poisoning in London.


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