FINA Issues Memo Warning About Illness Spreading At World Championships

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

On day four of the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, FINA sent out a memo warning athletes about illness spreading amongst the competitors.

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It read: “Cases of diarrhoea have been reported during (the) past three days. We take this opportunity to remind all teams of the need to observe good hygiene practices in the prevention of any infectious disease. Regular handwashing, use of bottled water and the early notification of any significant health problems must be encouraged. Please report to the Village Medical Centre if you have any concerns.”

Various reports have claimed that there are numerous swimmers dealing with some sort of ailment.

Two notable names who have withdrawn from event(s) citing illness are Katie Ledecky and Emma McKeon.

Both women dropped out of the 200 freestyle heats (day three) despite being two of the top seeds, and not long afterwards Ledecky dropped out of the 1500 free final after qualifying first out of the prelims.

McKeon was back in the water at day four finals, helping Australia win gold on the mixed medley relay, while Ledecky was reportedly back in the practice pool during day five prelims. Her next opportunity to race will be in the final of the women’s 4×200 free relay during the next session.

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A CAR
2 years ago

what a blunt statement

Milo Cavic
Reply to  A CAR
2 years ago

Keep in mind English isnt the native language of most of the world, and that it’s not customary in most places outside the US to say everything with a smile 🙂

Chris Myhre
Reply to  Milo Cavic
2 years ago

Lunch on me at Fuzion? =)

Vanessa
Reply to  Milo Cavic
2 years ago

LOL because the States are so friendly? seriously…..

David Gerrard
Reply to  Milo Cavic
2 years ago

Swimmers take heed. More gold medals have been lost through infections such as this than any musculoskeletal injury. Our message was meant to to be brief, blunt and to the point. And incidentally English is my mother tongue. Cheers…

Heyitsme
2 years ago

Fina is so ughhhhh, unprofessional

DEAN IS GOD
2 years ago

A bit late, my friends

Hank
2 years ago

Next time hold World championships in a proper 1st world Western country.

swimbuddy
Reply to  Hank
2 years ago

I wouldn’t say that is the problem. Maybe FINA’s food service is the biggest concern. I’m not there so I have no idea.

DWY
Reply to  Hank
2 years ago

South Korea is as developed as any “western country” and is considered a 1st world country as well.

Hank
Reply to  DWY
2 years ago

Never been there and not on my bucket list. I know South Korea is a bit nicer than North.

Daaaave
Reply to  Hank
2 years ago

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Daaaave
2 years ago

Nice one!

Togger
Reply to  Hank
2 years ago

The 60s called, they’d like their opinion back.

IUkicker
Reply to  Hank
2 years ago

South Korea is an incredibly advanced, beautiful and meticulously clean country that makes parts of the US look pretty 3rd world.

Reilly
Reply to  Hank
2 years ago

As someone who has actually been to South Korea, it would amaze you. Seoul is more technologically advanced than any City in the US. It is also the cleanest city I have ever seen. It was 4 days before we saw a single peice of trash on the street. As soon as we saw it my entire party made a remark as it was so strange, and some random older lady picked up the trash and put it in the bin. I have never been to Gwangju, but this was the case in the 5 cities I have been to and I cannot imagine that Gwangju is any different.

ama
2 years ago

my club pool has a sign up that says you cant swim in the pool for 10 days if you have “diarrhoea”

anonymous
Reply to  ama
2 years ago

so true

CraigH
Reply to  ama
2 years ago

My pool says 14 days. Guess Nationals are out too.

Taa
Reply to  CraigH
2 years ago

maybe it is 14, its a hella long time whatever it is

Noseclip
Reply to  ama
2 years ago

This is the British spelling. They also go to a “paediatrician”. My pool has a similar notice not to swim for 14 days. While drinking bottled water and washing hands is important, swimming in a pool with sick people kind of undermines these efforts, if you ever open your mouth to breath. Are all the swimmers living in the same place, touching the same door handles, eating at the same buffets and touching the same serving utensils?

Gus
2 years ago

Probably as effective as the other warnings FINA have released this week…

Oceanian
2 years ago

FINA’s conduct of these championships is enough to give anyone the sh.*censored*

Togger
2 years ago

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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