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Handshakes Are Questioned

March 8, 2012
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The Daily Telegraph

The British Olympic Association told its athletes not to shake hands with others at the Olympic games. They were worried germs would contaminate them and damage their chances at the games.

The summer Olympics are being held in London this year.

The British doctor said, “within reason if you do have to shake hands, washing and/or using hand foam can help reduce the risk.”

After Australian and American officials said they would not issue such instruction to their athletes, the British explained their position.

The head of BOA communications said: We are simply reminding athletes to take basic measures, such as washing their hands and using hand gels, to reduce the risk of catching a bug.

“Of course our athletes will warmly welcome their fellow competitors this summer. There is absolutely no question about that.”

He hoped his explanation would clear up the controversy over shaking hands.

The Daily Telegraph

 

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