Isinbayeva Sick, Cancelled visit to Mexico City, release, note by Larry Eder



Yelena Isinbayeva, Zurich, September 2009, photo by

Even twenty-six time world record holders get, Yelena Isinbayeva is really human...


November 12, 2009

Yesterday it was announced that the two-time Olympic champion and world record-holder in the women’s pole vault, Yelena Isinbaeva will be attending the Congreso Mundial del Deporte in Mexico City this upcoming weekend. Unfortunately Yelena became ill over night in Moscow with a temperature of nearly 39 degrees and was suffering from headaches and an upset stomach. In route to Sheremetyevo Airport outside of Moscow earlier today her symptoms became slightly worse and upon her arrival at the airport. Yelena was given the advice not to travel in her condition and to rest for a minimum of five days with restricted activities.

Through her athlete representative, Daniel Wessfeldt, Yelena issued the following statement:

“It is with deep regret that I cannot attend the World Sport Congress in Mexico City this weekend. A little over two days ago I was not feeling a 100% but I dismissed it thinking it was only an upset stomach or fatigue from many activities the past few days. However, yesterday afternoon I developed an upset stomach and a high fever and this morning those symptoms did not go away. When I arrived at the airport my condition did not improve and I was advised to stay here in Moscow and to restrict my activities until I felt better. I apologize to the organizers, the sponsors and the volunteers connected with this event and especially to everyone who is attending the World Sport Congress this weekend. It is my intention to go to Mexico City as soon as my schedule permits and to do what I can to support the good works being done in connection with the World Sport Congress and to help promote sport in Latin America. Thank you for your understanding.”

Mr. Mauricio Morales Bermudez, the Senior Director for Public Relations at the World Sport Congress was contacted earlier by telephone and provided the following statement on behalf of the organization:

"In the name of the World Sports Congress Organizing committee we understand the situation and we desire to Miss Isinbaeva to get well soon and continue with her training to remain as one of the best athletes in the world. Mexico will wait for her with our arms open and we know that in a near future we will have the luck of have Miss Yelena Isinbaeva visit".
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