Food poisoning' hits SEA Games cyclists

Food poisoning' hits SEA Games cyclists
TAKEN ILL: Singapore's Chan lost her women's individual time-trial crown yesterday, taking the bronze instead.

A suspected outbreak of food poisoning hit the SEA Games yesterday, when several athletes at the cycling competition in Marina Bay South were struck down by illness.

Among those affected was Singapore's Dinah Chan, who lost her women's individual time-trial crown and had to settle for bronze.

At the 2013 edition in Myanmar, the 29-year-old was forced to pull out of the women's 100km/128km individual road race, also due to food poisoning.

Singapore's Darren Low, who finished ninth out of 16 cyclists in the men's individual time trial, said: "The effects of the food poisoning came in. I couldn't concentrate. That (performance) was the best that I could do."

Team Singapore's chief medical officer Teoh Chin Sim said: "The cycling team are in good condition now, after a bout of loose stools that affected a few of them in the early hours of June 11.

"They have been advised to keep their bodies hydrated and our sport dietician is helping them in meal planning."

The Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee said in a statement that it has received a report of an incident involving a bout of loose stools that affected a few athletes early yesterday morning. It added that it is investigating the matter with the authorities and reinforcing hygiene practices.

The cyclists are staying at Resorts World Sentosa for the duration of the Games. The hotel also houses athletes taking part in bowling and golf.

Malaysian cyclist Muhammad Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi, who finished 11th in the men's individual time trial, said his performance had been hindered by what he ate.

He said: "Two other riders, including my roommate, are down too. I think it was the chicken and the curry egg at dinner. I felt sick at around 1am last night."

A check with athletes from bowling and golf found no reports of illness.

The women's time trial event was won by the Philippines' Marella Vania Salamat, with Thailand's Chanpeng Nontasin taking silver.

In the men's race, Indonesia's Robin Manullang took gold, Thailand's T. Boonratanathanakorn silver, and Vietnam's Duc Tam Trinh bronze.

This is the second case of food poisoning to affect a major sporting event that Singapore is hosting. At the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, 21 members of the YOG organising committee workforce fell ill.

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