Hospital confirms dengue to cyclists, coach denies

Officials at a local hospital today confirmed that two CWG core group cyclists -- Somvir and Vinod Malik -- were admitted for dengue treatment but their coach denied it.

Updated: Sep 01, 2010, 09:22 AM IST

New Delhi: Officials at a local hospital
today confirmed that two CWG core group cyclists -- Somvir and
Vinod Malik -- were admitted for dengue treatment but their
coach denied it.

K Shah, PR officer of the Jessa Ram Hospital here, said
both the cyclists were admitted but Mailk has been discharged
after treatment.

"Yes, they had dengue. Vinod was in hospital for the last
few days and he was discharged yesterday. Somvir is still in
hospital, receiving treatment," Shah said.

National coach Chayan Chouwdhury still insists that none
of their players contracted dengue, which has claimed many
lives in the national capital.

"There is no truth in these reports. Yes, we had admitted
Somvir and Vinod to hospital but Somvir has viral fever. Vinod
had only shown symptoms but he was not diagnosed with dengue.

"In fact he has been discharged and started practice with
the team in Noida today. Practice is on at Indira Gandhi
Stadium also. Vinod is perfectly fine," Chowdury claimed.

The coach though admitted that the team was without a
doctor for the past few days.

"There was a medical centre for players when we were
practising at Patiala but the team is without a doctor since
August 17, the day they came to Delhi," he said.

The Cycling Federation of India had selected a 28-strong
team including nine women from the core group of the
Commonwealth Games.

PTI