Norovirus strikes World Athletics Championships in London

Henrietta Brewer
August 11, 2017

Almost 30 athletes competing in the World Track and Field Championships in London have been stricken with what health officials call a vomiting bug.

At least seven Canadians were affected, including Eric Gillis, who was forced to drop out of Sunday's marathon after around 20 miles.

"They will be put in alternative accommodation", said Athletics Ireland.

Irish Athletics have now confirmed their decision that all athletes coming into the team headquarters for the remaining events of the championship will be housed in a separate hotel.


Restricted contact will also be enforced between the new members and the rest of the team, who have been offered immediate flights home.

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

London 2017, the championship organisers, announced on Monday several competitors - staying at the same official team hotel - had suffered gastroenteritis.

The Tower Hotel in central London has been hosting the Canadian and German teams as well as Botswanan runner Isaac Makwala, who goes for 200m gold at the London Stadium tonight. In addition we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained.


Makwala was withdrawn from the 200-metre heats on Monday after vomiting in the call room where athletes make their final preparations.

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

The Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) told insidethegames in a statement on behalf of the Botswana Athletics Association that 25 athletes from across the countries competing at the Championships here had now been affected.

The number of people to have reported illness amid an outbreak of norovirus at the IAAF World Championships has increased to "approximately 40".


The hotel said: "We can confirm that regretfully a small number of our guests have been suffering from an illness".

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