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Aussie doc says athletes may catch dengue during CWG

Last updated on: September 25, 2010 16:08 IST

The medical director of the Australia's CWG team Dr Peter Harcourt says at least a couple of athletes would catch the dengue fever during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

The deadly fever has claimed many a lives in the host city. Health remains a concern for international athletes and many of them have pulled out of the sporting event only due to this reason.

British diver Peter Waterfield is the latest athlete who withdrew from the Games citing health concerns.

Harcourt hoped the number dengue cases were below than the Kuala Lumpur Games, where six or seven catch the fever.

"I'm assuming I'll get a couple of cases and I'm hoping that's all there is," Harcourt quoted as saying by the Age.

Heavy rains in the past few days has added to the woes of the organisers as the basements at the Games Village are still waterlogged.

An under-construction overbridge also collapsed just outside the main venue Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium. Delhi's Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday said it was a bit difficult to dry up the water-logged basements.

CGF chief Mike Fennell also said today the waterlogging remains a concern for them.

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