An outbreak of food poisoning struck the ongoing SEA Games when several cycling athletes were down with abdominal illness.

Among those affected were Singapore cyclist Dinah Chan, who succumbed to her illness and settled for the bronze medal. At the 2013 edition in Myanmar, the 29-year-old was similarly forced out due to food poisoning.

Team Singapore’s chief medical officer Dr Teoh Chin Sim said: “The cycling team are in a good condition now after a bout of loose stools that affected a few of them in the early hours of June 11.

“They have been advised to keep their bodies hydrated and our sport dietician is helping them in meal planning.”

The Games organising committee has launched an investigation into the incident. The cyclists were staying at the Resorts World Sentosa for the duration of the Games.

This is the second case of food poisoning to affect a major sports event Singapore is hosting. At the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, 21 members of the YOG organising committee workforce also fell ill.

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