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2020

BoxNation’s Charlie Webster battles serious infection in Rio hospital

Phil Jay 18/08/2016

BoxNation

BoxNation presenter Charlie Webster is seriously ill in hospital after being struck down by a serious bacterial infection in Rio.

The 33 year-old from Sheffield, who has been working on the boxing channel recently in-studio and at ringside, had participated in a 3,000-mile charity cycle to the Rio Olympics but fell ill after witnessing the opening ceremony.

Dehydration from the six-week ride couple with contracting a bacterial infection had raised concerns about Webster when admitted to hospital in the Brazilian capital.

Dubbed ‘The Ride to Rio,’Webster had travelled from Great Britain in late June and cycled up to 90 miles a day before arriving at the Games on 4 August for the kick-off.

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Webster’s condition deteriorated to such a level that the British embassy are currently monitoring the situation, although the latest update states the former Sky Sports anchor’s team is that she is not in a life-threatening condition.

“Charlie has updated you all throughout her cycle and we know her silence was causing concern, said a statement this week. “Charlie is receiving great care and we will update when we can.”

The UK Foreign Office added: “We are providing support to a British woman who is in hospital in Rio.”

On Thursday, a social media update read: “Thank you very much for your messages of support, it means a lot. #TeamCharlie.”