Swimming Australia Cancels Olympic Tuneup Meet on Whooping Cough

The Australian swimming team’s Olympic tuneup meet in Canberra this week was canceled after two female water polo players and a coach were diagnosed with whooping cough.

Swimming Australia said it called off the two-day Grand Prix at the Australian Institute of Sport on June 22 and 23 to ensure its athletes stay healthy for the London games, which begin July 27.

“We have decided to take this precaution,” Leigh Nugent, Swimming Australia’s head coach, said in an e-mailed statement. “Originally we’d planned to have this camp as an opportunity to come together for some further relay preparation and the chance for some of the athletes to race and time trial, a month or so out from the games.”

Swimmers will remain in their home states to continue their preparations before the first group travels to Europe next week, Swimming Australia said. The team, which includes 100-meter freestyle world champion James Magnussen and three-time Olympic champion Stephanie Rice, will next assemble for a training camp in Manchester, England, on July 14 before heading to London six days later.

The Australian Institute of Sport said it was taking the outbreak “very seriously” and had placed the water polo team in isolation to try to prevent the infection spreading.

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