Hong Kong athletes have been warned: move your butterfly repellent and transport a streets of Rio during your peril.
Hong Kong’s Olympic patrol are holding no chances as 37 athletes – several of them have nonetheless to endorse their Rio places – and a nonetheless to be dynamic series of officials and representatives will be underneath parsimonious control to forestall any mishaps in a crime-infested city that is also disorder from a hazard of a Zika virus.
The patrol will transport from one of a world’s safest cities to one of a world’s many dangerous with fear stories about athletes being mugged in Rio already reported. Then there’s a Zika pathogen to contend with that has frightened off a series of a world’s tip golf players such as Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
For a initial time during an Olympic Games, Hong Kong athletes will not be authorised to leave a athletes’ encampment on nearing in Rio. And if they unequivocally need to go out and about, they need special permission, that might or might not be granted.
Athletes have been asked to refrain from dining out, sightseeing and other amicable activities outward a athletes’ village.
“We all know a conditions in Rio and a commission has a shortcoming to safeguard athletes’ confidence once they arrive there,” pronounced Chef de Mission Kenneth Fok Kai-kong during a lecture on Wednesday. “It would be softened for them to stay in a athletes’ encampment when they are not training or competing. This is for their possess safety.
“I don’t consider it will emanate any problems for them. Athletes are going to a Olympic Games to essay for honour for Hong Kong and contingency be unequivocally focused for scheming their events. But if they are bored, there are also many amicable and informative activities inside a village, that they can enjoy.”
Vivien Lau Chiang-chu, a maestro central who has attended each Olympics given a 1992 Barcelona Games, pronounced a Rio Games would benefaction a whole new knowledge for her – for a wrong reasons.
“We have review a lot of disastrous reports on a Games’ security, health, amicable issues and many other problems Rio are facing,” she said.
“It seems conditions are unequivocally chaotic. There were also problems with a 2004 Athens Games before we went there, though a problems in Rio are approaching to be unequivocally real.
“We contingency safeguard a reserve of a athletes. This is a tip priority. The Olympic Games is a once in a lifetime experience. The athletes value a event of competing unequivocally many and would not wish to be influenced by outward factors. All we have to do is to yield them with a best environment, so that they can concentration on their sports.”
To assistance with a Zika and dengue heat hazard in Rio, all members of a Hong Kong Olympic patrol will be supposing with an electric butterfly repellent (incense), a butterfly net and insect repellent.
“Athletes during outside events such as highway competition cycling, towering biking, rowing and golf contingency be wakeful of a hazard caused by mosquitoes,” pronounced medical central Julian Chang.
“Other athletes also need to be clever when they leave for training in a morning during a convey train stop and when they lapse in a evening. These are a times when mosquitoes are many active.”
A reliable list of 34 athletes will contest in Rio, though that series is approaching to grow to 37 once a finalised series is reliable before a dwindle display by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Monday.
“We are promulgation fewer athletes to Rio than 4 years ago during a London Olympics, though a disproportion is not big,” pronounced Fok. “But we would contend a customary of a athletes have softened a lot given a final Games, though subordinate is also removing some-more difficult.”
Fok pronounced he would not name a best award hopes as he didn’t wish to put additional vigour on a athletes.
But he concluded that Hong Kong was clever in events such as like lane cycling and list tennis and that Hong Kong will be promulgation their largest ever badminton patrol for a Games with 7 shuttlers competent in 4 events.