Via The Guardian
It may be as stereotypically British as fish and chips or warm beer but Team GB‘s athletes are being advised not to shake hands with rivals or dignitaries at the London Games for fear of wrecking their medal chances.
Dr Ian McCurdie, the British Olympic Association chief medical officer, said that illness was one of the major threats to performance in the “pretty hostile environment” of the Olympic Village.
Asked whether that meant athletes should avoid shaking hands, Dr McCurdie said: “I think, within reason, yes.” He added: “I think that is not such a bad thing to advise. The difficulty is when you have got some reception and you have got a line of about 20 people you have never met before who you have got to shake hands with.”
The BOA advises the use of regular hand washing and anti-bacterial hand foam as part of its official advice to the 550 athletes it will take to the Games as part of Britain’s biggest ever team. Continue Reading….
Former British swimming Olympic champion Duncan Goodhew was on Daybreak this morning backing this nonsense. In all the years of major sporting events that have taken place around the world this has never been an issue so why is it suddenly an issue now???
If team GB (Great Britain) performs badly during the games will they then blame their poor performances on feeling ill after shaking heads with a competitor from a different nation?
I seriously doubt there will be this devastating outbreak of a deadly disease that will cut down an entire team after shaking hands.
What are they really trying to say here?
In my opinion this also just sends out the misguided message that by shaking hands with individuals from foreign lands you stand the chance of catching disease.
And the image above (Via The Guardian) is just insulting.
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