Flu bug hits Tournament of Hearts hard

A flu bug has ripped through the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the Maurice-Richard Arena in...

A flu bug has ripped through the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal. (JOEL LEMAY/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:36 PM ET

MONTREAL - They say diamonds are a girls best friend, and theyll be giving some away at the end of the Canadian womens curling championship.

But as the event hit the midway point, a much more unlikely item emerged as the most valued at the Scotties: hand sanitizer.

A flu bug ripped through the field Tuesday, felling seven players on five different teams, not to mention curling officials and TV crew members.

Suddenly, this became the Tournament of Hands. As in, make sure theyre clean.

Elbow bumps replaced post-game handshakes, reporters were asked to keep their distance and organizers were busy decontaminating common surfaces, including the rock handles.

Manitoba skip Chelsea Carey, her team still untouched by the virus, finished a game only to have a teammate squirt her with sanitizer.


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