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Ireland team change London hotel after norovirus outbreak

Ireland team change London hotel after norovirus outbreak”

Midway through the current IAAF World Championships in London, England, several Canadian athletes set to compete as well as those still to arrive are being relocated to a different hotel after an outbreak of a nasty stomach bug.

"Thomas Barr is the only Irish athlete who has been affected".

There is a case of gastroenteritis doing the rounds in London, that is ruining many athlete's chance of competing in the World Championships.

At least two leading medal contenders - including Irish hurdler Thomas Barr - have been forced to pull out of their races after the bug struck.

On the back of Barr's withdrawal, Athletics Ireland have revealed they have had to seek alternative accommodation for the team.

Athletes who have finished competing already have been offered a flight home to protect their health.

Botswana's leading 400m contender Isaac Makwala says he is "ready to run" in Tuesday's final despite being withdrawn from the 200m heats after vomiting.

A floor at the Guoman Tower Hotel - which housed the Irish and Botswanan teams - had been quarantined, while an IAAF letter circulated to team management insisted any athletes who contracted the illness were to remain quarantined for 48 hours.

According to report in BBC, investigations in conjunction with health officers and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) concluded the hotel was not the source of the illness.

Public Health England today said around 30 people had been affected, with laboratory tests having revealed norovirus. "I'm gutted to have to withdraw from the semi-final".

"As a result, further advice and guidelines have been issued to team doctors and support staff".

Team manager Patsy McGonagle confirmed last night that separate accommodation has also been found for race-walking trio Rob Heffernan, Alex Wright and Brendan Boyce, who are due to arrive tomorrow ahead of Sunday's race walks.

"We have followed strict hygiene protocol, ensuring that those affected are not in contact with other guests and all public areas have been thoroughly sanitised", the hotel said.



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