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French Athletes Competing at the Military World Games May Well Have Been Infected

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COMMENT: Reports are now emerg­ing of pos­si­ble Covid-19 infec­tion among ath­letes who par­tic­i­pat­ed at the Mil­i­tary World Games in Wuhan in Octo­ber 19. 

We have spec­u­lat­ed at some length about the pos­si­bil­i­ty that infect­ing those very healthy, superbly-con­di­tioned indi­vid­u­als might have been an excel­lent vehi­cle for spread­ing the virus around the world. 

Fur­ther dis­cus­sion of this can be found in FTR #‘s 1118 [5] and 1122 [6]. We note that Chi­na has spec­u­lat­ed about the Wuhan Mil­i­tary World Games being a vehi­cle for the U.S. to spread the infec­tion.

We have not­ed that lan­guage is, past a point, inad­e­quate to ana­lyze and dis­cuss some of the major con­sid­er­a­tions in the Covid-19 “op.” A bio-weapons would require a very small num­ber of agents in order to be effec­tive­ly dis­sem­i­nat­ed. In addi­tion, we note that–in the age of mind con­trol [7]–an oper­a­tive can be dis­pensed to per­form a func­tion with­out their knowl­edge.

1.  “Did Euro­pean Ath­letes Catch Coro­n­avirus While Com­pet­ing at The Mil­i­tary World Games in Octo­ber? French Del­e­ga­tion Returned with Fevers, After Fish­mon­ger is Found to Have Been Con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed in Decem­ber” by Ross Ibbet­son; Dai­ly Mail [online]; 5/6/2020. [8]

French ath­letes believe they caught coro­n­avirus [9] at the World Mil­i­tary Games in Wuhan in Octo­ber, 20 days before the first record­ed case in Chi­na [10].

It comes after it was revealed that French­man Amirouche Ham­mar, 43, had been infect­ed with COVID-19 out­side Paris as ear­ly as Decem­ber.

The hos­pi­tal where Ham­mar was treat­ed for chest pains has since re-test­ed sam­ples and found the fish­mon­ger was pos­i­tive for the virus on Decem­ber 27. It is not known where he caught the virus, although his wife works close to Charles de Gaulle air­port.

A num­ber of French ath­letes who were at the World Mil­i­tary Games from Octo­ber 18 to 27 have since described com­ing down with severe flu-like symp­toms while at the event.

Elodie Clou­v­el, a world cham­pi­on mod­ern pen­tath­lete, was asked on March 25 whether she was anx­ious about spend­ing the sum­mer in Japan for the Olympics. She told Loire 7: ‘No because I think that with Velentin (Belaud, her part­ner, also a pen­tath­lete) we have already had the coro­n­avirus, well the COVID-19.’

The 31-year-old went on: ‘We were in Wuhan for the World Mil­i­tary Games at the end of Octo­ber. And after­wards, we all fell ill. Valentin missed three days of train­ing. Me, I was sick too. [...] I had things I had nev­er had before. We weren’t par­tic­u­lar­ly wor­ried because no one was talk­ing about it yet.’

She added: ‘A lot of ath­letes at the World Mil­i­tary Games were very ill. We were recent­ly in touch with a mil­i­tary doc­tor who told us: “I think you had it because a lot of peo­ple from this del­e­ga­tion were ill.“ ‘ 

The French del­e­ga­tion were com­pet­ing in the 7th World Mil­i­tary Games in Wuhan — just 20 days before the first Chi­nese per­son offi­cial­ly became ill with coro­n­avirus — with 402 ath­letes present, along with 10,000 oth­er ath­letes from all over the world.

Accord­ing to French news chan­nel BFMTV, a num­ber of ath­letes returned to France with unusu­al symp­toms, includ­ing fevers and body aches.

Accord­ing to the news chan­nel, none of the return­ing ath­letes was test­ed and the French Army who were respon­si­ble for organ­is­ing their ath­letes at the mil­i­tary games report­ed­ly con­firmed that they had not want­ed to test any ath­letes either.

Doc­tors have spec­u­lat­ed that the virus might have been mak­ing its way around before even Decem­ber, in Novem­ber or even in Octo­ber, and the lat­est rev­e­la­tions seem to under­score that.

BFMTV quotes one ath­lete, who pre­ferred to remain anony­mous, as say­ing that he orig­i­nal­ly thought he had sim­ply caught a cold.

How­ev­er, when news began to emerge of an epi­dem­ic in Wuhan, many ath­letes on a What­sApp group report­ed­ly began to open­ly won­der if it was pos­si­ble that they had con­tract­ed the dis­ease too.

Now that it has been revealed that Amirouche Ham­mar in France had the coro­n­avirus back in Decem­ber, clos­er atten­tion is being paid to what these ath­letes have said. 

Local media report that since she spoke up on March 25, many ath­letes have been asked not to answer ques­tions from jour­nal­ists and to refer media enquiries to the head of com­mu­ni­ca­tion of the French armies.

Accord­ing to French media, ath­letes who were in Wuhan report­ed­ly received tele­phone calls from the army a few weeks ago to reas­sure them.

One of these ath­letes, who also pre­ferred to remain anony­mous, is quot­ed as say­ing: ‘We were told: there is no risk, you left on 28th Octo­ber and the virus arrived on 1st Novem­ber.’

French media report that sick ath­letes were also not­ed in some oth­er del­e­ga­tions, includ­ing the Swedish del­e­ga­tion, with peo­ple return­ing to Swe­den with strong fevers.

Around 100 peo­ple from the Swedish Armed Forces attend­ed the World Mil­i­tary Games in Wuhan and stayed in the city for two weeks. 

Sev­er­al com­peti­tors fell ill and were screened for the virus, although none were report­ed to have test­ed pos­i­tive.

It comes after Swe­den’s gov­ern­ment epi­demi­ol­o­gist Anders Teg­nell said it was ‘very nat­ur­al’ to assume that coro­n­avirus was spread­ing in Scan­di­navia from Novem­ber. 

Teg­nell told Swe­den’s TT news agency: ‘There was­n’t any spread [of infec­tion] out­side Wuhan until we saw it in Europe lat­er. 

‘But I think that you could find indi­vid­ual cas­es among Wuhan trav­ellers who were there in Novem­ber to Decem­ber last year. That does­n’t sound at all strange, but rather very nat­ur­al.’ 

Swe­den — one of just a hand­ful of coun­tries to resist a lock­down — has no plans to imple­ment large-scale sam­ple test­ing of patients who received care for res­pi­ra­to­ry symp­toms or flu last year to see if they had coro­n­avirus.

The coun­try’s first offi­cial coro­n­avirus case was a woman in Jönköping who test­ed pos­i­tive on Jan­u­ary 31st after a trip to Chi­na. The woman has since recov­ered from the ill­ness.