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Paralympic class of 2012 get prepared

By Mark Etheridge

With just 10 days left to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics in London, South Africa’s leading Paralympics started a three-day holding camp east of Johannesburg on Sunday.

The bulk of the 62-strong team assembled in a hotel to make sure their Erke-sponsored kit was all ship-shape, with the farewell banquet scheduled for Sandton on Monday night.

The team attended a number of “orientation” style presentations including media guidelines from 702 Talk Radio presenter David O’Sullivan who advised the athletes’ to “embrace the world’s media in London”.

There followed an address by team doctor Professor Wayne Derman who advised the team on the need to take moves to lower the risk of respiratory infections.

“Already three or four people have come to me today to say that they’re not feeling great.

“Where possible athletes should try and wear anti-bacterial proof masks while flying to their destination. The world’s leading sports teams like the United Kingdom and United States/Canada all us them while travelling.”

Derman also warned athletes that as many as one of every two competitors would be dope-tested at some time during the Paralympics.

The team jet off for London on Tuesday evening to settle down in the Olympic Village. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 29 August and the Games run until 9 September.


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