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Gov’t has Zika plan for athletes

Gov’t has Zika plan for athletes

first_imgWhen it comes to the Zika virus, pregnant women are not the only persons the government is concerned about.    This summer Jamaica will send a strong contingent to the Olympic Games in Brazil where in 2015 there were just under 3000 cases of the virus that manifests in symptoms similar to yellow fever and dengue.  The virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The outbreak hit mostly the Brazilian northeast region, but cases have been reported as far south as Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympic Games will be held this coming August. Working on the assumption that Jamaica’s athletes do not contract the virus while training here in Jamaica, they would run the risk of contracting it while preparing to compete while in Brazil. This has become a concern for the government that is expecting another outstanding performance from its elite athletes in what will be Usain Bolt’s final Olympic campaign. As such they are taking steps to minimise the possibilities of the virus affecting the nation’s athletes. “We have been looking at it. It has occurred to us, we have been having discussions with the Ministry of Health,” said Minister Natalie Neita-Headley, who has responsibility for sport. “They (officials at the ministry of health) have been having planning sessions looking at sensitising our athletes.” “As much as can be done, we will seek to do it,” the sports minister said. About one in five people infected with the Zika virus become ill. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. If an athlete contracts the virus and it develops into full blown Zika just prior to competition, it will affect the athlete’s performance. In the meantime, track clubs here are doing what they can to protect the athletes but there are limitations. President of MVP Bruce James revealed that several athletes from his club contracted the Chikungunya virus last year as they prepared for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Like then, James said, the club had put protocols in place to minimise the impact of the virus but as was the case then, there is only so much they can do.last_img read more

WWE Super Show-Down 2018 Results

WWE Super Show-Down 2018 Results

first_imgAdvertisementWWE kicked off its much-anticipated PPV event, ‘WWE Super Show-Down’ from Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia with the SmackDownLive Tag Team Title match. It was a sold-out crowd of more than 70,000.We present to you a rundown of the things as it went down:The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) (c) (with Big E) defeated Cesaro and Sheamus in a tag team match to retain their WWE SmackDown Tag Team titles.Charlotte Flair defeated Becky Lynch (c) by disqualification in a singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship. The title didn’t change hands as a result of DQ and Lynch is still the champion.Bobby Lashley and John Cena defeated Elias and Kevin Owens in a tag team match.The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peton Royce) defeated Naomi and Asuka in a tag team match.AJ Styles (c) defeated Samoa Joe in a No Countout, No Disqualification match for the WWE Championship.The Bella Twins (Brie Bella and Nikki Bella) and Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey defeated The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan) by submission in a six-woman tag team match.Buddy Murphy defeated Cedric Alexander (c) in a singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) defeated Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre in a six-man tag team match.Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz in a #1 contender’s match for the WWE Championship.Triple H (with Shawn Michaels) defeated The Undertaker (with Kane) in a No Disqualification match. Advertisementlast_img read more