Pneumonia scare for young women’s triathlon event in Rotterdam
Australia is a chance of getting a fresh player into the Open of the Australian Open despite the virus reportedly spreading from Rotterdam’s women’s triathlon world championship event.
The majority of the world championship women’s triathlon field tested positive for acute bacterial meningitis after they competed in the British Open earlier this month, leading to four of them being withdrawn from the championships in Rotterdam.
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They include two-time world champion Jessica Ashwood, 30, and highly rated South Africa’s world champion Charlotta Bente, 23. The quarantined sport players have started to return to training and have been released from quarantine.
“There was a slight scare earlier, and from what I understand the athletes are just starting to get back to things,” Andrew Sturt, chief executive of the Australian Open, told The Australian newspaper.
“I’m sure they are all going to come to some sort of judgement day. The athletes don’t want to let down their teams, their nations, the sponsors. I just hope that we can continue at a level.”
In the men’s triathlon, 29-year-old Kye Johnson, from Sydney, who finished fourth in the world championship last year, was also diagnosed with acute bacterial meningitis.
The Australian Open, the equivalent of the British Open, will be held on 26 and 27 October in Sydney.