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Bupa on starting line for 2002 games

Bupa is offering free private medical insurance to athletes and support teams attending this summer&#39s Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

As part of its role as official health partner for the games, Bupa will be making medical advice available in more than 100 languages to the 5,000 athletes competing in July and August.

It is also sending one of its doctors to form part of the medical team treating the athletes. Orthopaedic physician Dr Tom Crisp has been a member of the sports medical committee for the XVII Commonwealth Games for the last year.

During the games, he will be based in the athletes&#39 village and responsible for determining the level of medical care necessary for each of the 15 games venues.

Crisp will be particularly responsible for looking after the needs of 200 disabled athletes competing in five events as a result of his expertise in the area. Previously, he was chief medical officer for Great Britain&#39s paralympic squad of disabled athletes at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

He will be joined by Bupa physiotherapist Deborah Burland, who will be covering the hockey tournament.

Crisp says: “It has been very important to get the right people in the right place and we have a good blend of expertise. A high-impact sport such as rugby sevens demands experienced sports physicians while general practice skills can be used for events like bowls.”

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