Bangkok: The swine flu pandemic has made an
appearance in the on-going 1st Martial Arts Games here with a
male athlete testing positive for the H1N1 virus.
But the name and nationality of the athlete, who is
recovering well in a hospital in Suphan Buri -- one of the
venue for the Games, has not been disclosed by the Olympic
Council of Asia to avoid panic among the participating
Dr Jegathesan, Chairman of the OCA's Medical Committee,
said yesterday that there was nothing to worry as it is just a
one-off case and all precautions have been taken by the
organisers for the Games which concludes on Sunday.
Dr Jegathesan also said they have conducted anti-doping
pre-competition tests on 76 athletes and all have been
negative so far.
"Our testing programme will continue in the same stringent
way to the end of the Games," he said.
"The Olympic Council of Asia is highly appreciative of the
efforts being made by the medical and anti-doping
sub-committees of Bangkok Asian Martial Games Organising
Committee (BAMAGOC) in conducting the above programmes in an
official and successful manner. This will be on-going
throughout the Games," he added.
First Published: Friday, August 07, 2009, 13:18