Australian Athletes FLOORED By Virus Spreading In Rio
Four members of the Australian women’s water polo team have been segregated from their teammates after being floored by a virus.
In a setback to the Aussie Stingers medal hopes, just four days out from the games, team management ushered the four players into building BV1, used to house team officials, immediately after arriving in Rio on Monday.
The four picked up the bug in Rome in the lead-up to this weeks games.
Australian chief de mission Kitty Chiller said the four team members would not have any contact with their teammates until cleared by the team doctor.
“Their flight was delayed out of Rome and four of the athletes, none of the officials, but four of the athletes have contracted gastro.
“They’re landing about six o’clock tonight (local Brazil time) and we’ve decided to move them into BV1, some alternate accomodation and we’ll keep them in isolation.
“(AOC team doctor) Dr David Hughes will keep a close eye on them and they’ll stay in there for 48 hours until after they’re all cleared.
“There’ll be no interaction between anyone and the village for the next 48-hours.”
At this stage there is no suggestion that team management are replacing the four players.