Bronze-star ... Cook Islands paddler Andre Tutaka-George claimed his fourth bronze medal at the Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands yesterday after finishing third in the V1 16-kilometre marathon. He won bronze medals in the Men's K1 500m, Men's V1 500m and K1 16km races this week. ALEX HERMAN/23112930
Team Cook Islands has expressed satisfaction with the overall health of their athletes, with only a few reported illnesses during their stay in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
2023 Pacific Games will end with the closing ceremony on Friday night (Cook
this week, Cook Islands’ middle-distance champion Alex Beddoes was forced to
withdraw from the 800-metre event due to a foodborne illness.
Beddoes, was set to compete in the 1500m event last night, after making a
Chef de Mission Mark Short told Cook Islands News: “Team Cook Islands fortunately hasn’t had many athletes falling ill in Honiara. From memory, only Alex and another athlete from Athletics experienced diarrhoea, and we believe it may have been from the food.”
said the team’s medical team established an isolation area or quarantine room
to prevent the spread of illness in case the cause was a virus.
“The good news is that Alex
appears to have recovered, and the president for Athletics is making their food
to avoid a similar problem from occurring again.”
Ministry of Health Secretary Bob Williams clarified that screening athletes
returning from the Pacific Games without symptoms for dengue, zika, or
chikungunya would not be beneficial. Instead, they will follow the guidance of
the Team Cook Islands travelling doctor.
“However, when symptomatic while
back in country then we encourage them to present themselves to the Tupapa
Primary Health or at their private GP,” Williams said.
“There is a public health
response that TMO can activate should a case is detected and some simple
measures such as use of insect repellent or wearing long sleeve clothing are
simple measures the athletes can apply.”
also said that TMO provided Team Cook Islands with medical supplies requested
by their travelling doctor and CISNOC and expressed their hope that all
athletes remain in good health.
confirmed that most of the athletes from football, rugby 7s and 9s, football,
golf, and weightlifting have already returned to Rarotonga.