Get your jabs before heading to China for Olympics

April 15th, 2008 - 6:56 pm ICT by admin  

(Olympic Snippets)
Neu-Ulm (Germany), April 15 (DPA) Those heading to China for this summer’s Olympic Games should ensure they are properly vaccinated beforehand, doctors in Germany have advised. “People who have not already done so should make sure they get their jabs at least four weeks before leaving,” said Dietrich Hueppe, who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.

The risk of diseases in China is not generally high but hepatitis A and B are still widespread.

The A type of the disease can be passed on via contaminated foodstuffs and hepatitis B through sexual contact, said Hueppe.

The expert recommended three vaccinations between six to 12 months.

Protection is usually sufficient after the second jab is given three weeks after the initial one.

Holidaymakers who have already been vaccinated against hepatitis do not need a booster.

“A jab against hepatitis usually lasts a lifetime,” said Hueppe.

The Olympic games will be held Aug 8-24.


Ban on human rights badge for French athletes

Paris (DPA) French Sports Minister Bernard Laporte said Tuesday that he “regretted” the decision by the French National Olympic Committee to forbid the country’s athletes from wearing a pro-human rights badge at this summer’s Games in Beijing.

“First of all, I don’t find the badge very aggressive. It attacks neither China nor anything else. It displays an Olympic phrase, it displays the Olympic rings,” Laporte told Radio Classique.

The proposed badge shows the multicoloured Olympic rings and the phrase “For a Better World”.

Henri Sarandour, the head of the French Olympic Committee, had earlier announced French athletes would not be able to wear the badge at the Games, as had been planned.


Row in Australia over torch relay

Sydney (DPA) Olympic organisers Tuesday appeared to countermand Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with a declaration that Chinese military personnel would be guarding the Olympic torch in Canberra later this month.

“The security people from China - they call themselves the torch protectors - will be there, but they’ll be in a bus behind the event, and will only be called upon if there was really serious trouble,” International Olympic Committee (IOC) deputy president Kevan Gosper said.

Gosper, Australia’s most senior IOC official, said the torch protectors would not get off the bus unless Australian security officials decide they needed assistance.


Politicising Olympics doomed: Russian expert

Moscow (Xinhua) Some Western politicians’ absence in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games in August will do no harm to the spirit of Olympics, a senior Russian expert said Tuesday.

“It’s unacceptable for some Western forces to politicise the Beijing Olympics,” said Alexander Larin, an expert of the Far East Institute of the Russian Academy of Science.

“The separatists strived to raise attention by provoking riots in Tibet, but they will never succeed in realising their conspiracy of sabotaging the great sports event,” he said.

Talking about some Western politicians’ threats to boycott the Beijing Olympics, Larin said the Tibet issue is a domestic affair of China and those biased so-called proposals are aimed to intervene China’s internal affairs.


Chinese shooter Lin picks up 50m pistol gold

Beijing (Xinhua) Chinese shooter Lin Zhongzai won the gold medal in the men’s 50-meter pistol with 667.2 points despite a not-so-perfect ending at the Good Luck Beijing ISSF World Cup here Tuesday.

Hot-pursuing Kazakhstan marksman Rashid Yunusmetov snatched the silver with 666 points, a distant victory from American Daryl Szarenski who clinched the bronze with 663.4 points.

Topped in the qualification round with 571 points, Lin, 27, who was champion in this discipline at the 2007 World Cup Final held in Bangkok, showed his capacity during the final and pulled away from the second after the next-to-last shot in the ten-shot final with four points.


Uruguayan athletes train at South American GP

Montevideo (Xinhua) Uruguay’s two main sprinters tuned up their performance for the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the South American Grand Prix held here last weekend.

Uruguayan sprinters, Andres Silva (400m) and Heber Viera (200m), said they are currently training for the Games, rather than competing, and they were not aiming to win the gold medals in this event.

“We want to be at our maximum capacity during the Olympic Games,” Viera told El Observador daily newspaper.

Viera also represented Uruguay at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.

Meanwhile, Silva, Uruguaya’s Athlete of the Year in 2005 and 2006, was beaten in the 400-meter race by Brazilian runner Fernando Pereira (46.9 sec) to settle for a silver on 47.6 sec, while his best time is 45.89 sec.

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