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SOuth Africa Fears Dengue Fever At Delhi Games

South Africas top sports administrator said on Wednesday he feared his
athletes could contract dengue fever at the Commonwealth Games as he
gave a withering assessment on the athletes village.
Tubby Reddy, head of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic
Committee, should receive a




report from a team of safety inspectors later on
Wednesday who will recommend whether the team should travel to New
Delhi.

But Reddys initial verdict added further pressure on the organisers
of the troubled tournament, which is due to begin in the Indian capital
on October 3.


"Weve been concerned for a while now," Reddy told AFP.


"The athletes village is not adequately ready and there are
questions about sanitation. The general area is full of sludge, rubble
and water due to monsoon rains, and we are worried about
mosquito-related dengue fever."


Reddy said he was now awaiting the full verdict of his fact-finding
team before his organisation would make its own recommendations on
whether to travel although a final decision would be left to the South
African government.


"We sent in an inspection team last week and are due to get that final report today," he said.


"Once we have the report today, well report back and the government of our country will decide."


Some British and Australian athletes have already pulled out of the
competition, with the collapse of a footbridge near the main venue on
Tuesday adding to question marks over security after a gun attack on
tourists.

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Category: Sports
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