Swine flu scare at world badminton championships

HYDERABAD Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:42pm IST

Policemen stand guard inside the stadium during the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad August 10, 2009. A Malaysian coach was quarantined with swine flu symptoms at the world badminton championships on Tuesday, while a doubles pair from Thailand pulled out of a match after one of them complained of fever. REUTERS/Arko Datta

Policemen stand guard inside the stadium during the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad August 10, 2009. A Malaysian coach was quarantined with swine flu symptoms at the world badminton championships on Tuesday, while a doubles pair from Thailand pulled out of a match after one of them complained of fever.

Credit: Reuters/Arko Datta

HYDERABAD (Reuters) - A Malaysian coach was quarantined with swine flu symptoms at the world badminton championships on Tuesday, while a doubles pair from Thailand pulled out of a match after one of them complained of fever.

K. Subhakar, a government official, told reporters that a member of the Malaysian coaching staff had been admitted to the regional chest hospital after displaying H1N1 virus symptoms.

A spokesman also said an unnamed doubles player from Thailand was taken to hospital later in the day.

Eight people have died of swine flu in India, with hundreds infected. Andhra Pradesh, of which Hyderabad is the capital, has so far recorded 76 positive cases.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) expressed confidence in the situation at India's first hosting of the championships.

"We don't see any reason for any major concerns, but we have assured the players that we will manage the situation over the rest of the tournament and make sure that none of the players are in any danger," BWF chief operating officer Thomas Lund told a news conference.

"In the world today, this issue is not uncommon," Lund added. "All the players travel on a weekly basis, they are facing these issues on a weekly basis in airports wherever they go.

"We have not received any particular concerns from any particular players."

(To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

INJURY WOES

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Soccer Roundup

Soccer Roundup

Lampard haunts Chelsea, Real and Barca on goal spree.  Full Article 

Regaining Fitness

Regaining Fitness

Injured Australia captain Clarke shaking up fitness regime.  Full Article 

Racist Tweets

Racist Tweets

Police probe racist tweets to Balotelli.  Full Article 

Motor Racing

Motor Racing

'Three Rs' spell out championship lead for Hamilton.  Full Article 

Messi Shines

Messi Shines

Messi and Barca put on five-star show in Levante mauling.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage