Fencing Olympic champion Matteo Tagliariol already suspects the military world games held in Wuhan, China last October, as a hotspot of the corona pandemic. “When we arrived in Wuhan, we were all sick. All six people in my apartment were sick, including many athletes from other delegations,” the 37-year-old Italian told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
The Military World Games were held in Wuhan from October 18-27, 2019. The first case of infection was officially reported in China in December. However, there is speculation that the coronavirus has already spread.
“I had a severe cough, many other athletes had a fever,” said Tagliariol, who won gold in epee fencing in Beijing in 2008. The worst awaited him when he returned to Italy.
“I had a very high fever and could not breathe. Antibiotics did not help either. I was sick and very weak for three weeks. Then my two-year-old son Leo fell ill. He coughed for three weeks. My partner also got sick, but in When I started talking about the virus, I thought: I was infected. I recognized the symptoms of COVID 19. I am an athlete, I was very bad for my standards, “said Tagliariol.
Almost 10,000 athletes from more than 140 countries had participated in the Military World Games in Wuhan, from Germany there were 243 athletes. More than 230,000 volunteers were involved in the competitions.
According to L’Equipe, French pentathlete Elodie Clouvel and Valentin Belaud are also likely to have been infected at the Wuhan games. The World Military Games have been held every four years by the Military World Sports Association since 1995, modeled on the Olympic Games in summer and every four years in winter since 2010. The Summer Games always take place one year before the Summer Olympics, the Winter Games are held in the same year.