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London 2012 hygiene under spotlight

Published 4th November, 2010 by Neil Nixon

London 2012 hygiene under spotlight

Amid concerns that poor hygiene put the health of athletes at Delhi’s Commonwealth Games at risk, the British Cleaning Council has asked the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to demonstrate its regard for adequate hygiene in the preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The move comes following media reports that up to 15 swimmers on the England and Australian teams suffered from a stomach virus, potentially caused by water in Delhi's pools at the Commonwealth Games aquatics centre.

Around 20% of England's swimmers - up to 10 competitors - had an upset stomach, according to team doctors. Commonwealth Games Federation officials said they would investigate the matter.

The BCC has made a formal request to LOCOG, calling that it demonstrates that the preparations and planning for the cleanliness and hygiene of the 2012 Olympic Games is sufficient, and that there is no chance that Britain’s reputation as a clean, safe, world-class destination will be risked.

Mark Woodhead, chairman of the BCC, said: "The adverse publicity surrounding the Commonwealth Games in Delhi has demonstrated that without adequate preparation, the health of both the spectators and competitors is at risk. Hygiene is very important, and a perceived lack of it caused great concern in the run up to the Commonwealth Games and marred the competition. We want to see an extensive and detailed plan from LOCOG to reassure both ourselves and the public that there is no chance of these events being repeated in two years time."

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