London: Fear of a dengue epidemic in the Indian capital notwithstanding, England today said that they
would be sending a 371-strong contingent of athletes to next
month`s Commonwealth Games.
England`s chef de mission Craig Hunter has briefed the
athletes and advised them to wear long-sleeve tops, trousers
and issued with mosquito (repellent) sprays for protection
during the October 3-14 event.
"It is monsoon season now but they anticipate that the
season will be over by the time of the Games. The problem with
Dengue fever is standing water and the sun needs to come out
for it all to dry up," Hunter quoted as saying.
"We have briefed all the sports and given them an insight
into the challenges they face but our athletes are well
prepared," he said.
Dengue cases climbed to 1,580 today with 68 more patients
testing positive in the national capital.
"There was never any doubt (of England not going to the
CWG)," Hunter said.
Although England`s athletes would be treated to a "unique
and fascinating Games" the team would still offer advice to
those seeking to venture outside the athletes village.
"The great thing about the Commonwealth Games is that it
offers such diverse culture," he said.