• German suffers leg infection from Rio regatta


    BERLIN: German sailor Erik Heil has ended up needing hospital treatment for a serious skin infection after competing in a test regatta at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The 26-year-old has undergone an operation on the largest of the five sites infected on his legs and hips and is receiving daily treatment in a Berlin hospital. Heil finished third with teammate Thomas Ploessel in the 49er class in the Olympic test regatta from August 5 to 22 in Rio’s Guanabara Bays where garbage, discarded furniture and dead animals float. Heil has been treated with strong antibiotics after contracting a highly resistant germ and is unable to train.



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