Second Rio Olympian tests positive for swine flu

Marathon runner OP Jaisha who hit out at the national athletics federation on Monday for not providing her refreshments during the Rio Olympics marathon. She fainted at the finish line. Photo-PTI

Marathon runner OP Jaisha who hit out at the national athletics federation on Monday for not providing her refreshments during the Rio Olympics marathon. She fainted at the finish line.
Photo-PTI

Indian marathon runner OP Jaisha has become the second athlete from the Indian Rio contingent to test positive for swine flu (H1N1). Two days ago  athlete Sudha Singh was also diagnosed with the same disease.

Jaisha returned from Rio last week with fever and body ache.

“Jaisha, who arrived in Bengaluru with fever and body ache, has been hospitalised at the Fortis hospital at Bannerghatta, as per the information I had received so far from SAI doctors,” Sports Authority of India Regional director Shyam Sunder told PTI.

Jaisha had competed in the women’s marathon in Rio Olympics.

“It was an arduous task to convince Jaisha to get her blood samples tested at the virology institute. She ignored our counselling and moved out of the SAI premises on August 21 after applying for leave,” Sunder said.

Instead of heading straight to her native state Kerala, Jaisha stayed in Bengaluru and until Thursday she was not available to the health and SAI officials, Sunder added.

Sudha Singh was the first athlete to have been tested H1N1 positive and has been hospitalised since August 20.

When Sudha arrived from Rio, she underwent treatment and medication for suspected Zika virus. She had participated in the steeplechase competition at Rio.

In May, Sudha broke the national record in women’s 3000m steeplechase event to finish eighth in the second leg of the prestigious Diamond League Meet in Shanghai.

Before the commencement of the Rio Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had issued a detailed advisory to all the athletes and support staff in view of the Zika virus scare in Brazil.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus which can cause crippling birth defects and also affects neurological system.

(With inputs from PTI)