South Korean wind surfer Wonwoo Cho got his first ride in an ambulance the other day, taken to a Rio de Janeiro hospital with dehydration, vomiting, a headache and dizziness.
Cho is one of four athletes to have “officially” fallen ill so far at the week’s Olympic sailing test event in Rio de Janeiro’s polluted Guanabara Bay. Officials acknowledge the reporting is incomplete with many teams and some of the 300 athletes skittish about disclosing illnesses.
The 20-year-old Cho on Wednesday was back to “50-60 percent” strength and out training, 24 hours after his hospital stay. He said he doesn’t know “the exact reason why I got so sick.”
His coach has fewer doubts.
“Probably it’s from the water,” Danny Ok, Cho’s coach and an exercise physiologist, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It’s kind of a sad story.”
Ok described the water as “smelly” and added: “Especially in the bay, it’s terrible. I can’t imagine how they can have racing in this area.”
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