They were expecting terror attacks but it was the virus that came. Two coaches of the national badminton team participating in the World Badminton Championship in Hyderabad, India are undergoing treatment for Influenza A (H1N1).
According to Kompas.com, national singles coach Misbun Sidek has been put under quanratine after he complained of throat irritation. He is now undergoing treatment at the Chest Hospital in Erragadda, about 10km from Gawchibowli Stadium.
"Misbun complained of pain in the throat yesterday and we took him to the hospital because we do not want to take any risks," said member of the Organizing Committee, Pullela Gopichand.
Meanwhile television reports say that a doubles coach who was down with fever when he arrived in Hyderabad several days ago, and was also taken to hospital. However, he tested negative for the H1N1.
"He has gone again to hospital this morning, and we will only know the results later this afternoon," said the official. Unconfirmed reports say that the second coach is Jeremy Gan.
Over 850 people have been infected with the influenza in India, with eight having succumbed to the disease so far, including a medical doctor and a chemist.
Indian medial authorities are battling to contain the H1N1 flu strain, which is fast spreading in many states, especially after the end of the scorching summer season.
In some states, schools and even cinemas have been closed to avoid further spread of the disease. The flu has killed at least 800 people worldwide.