The 26-year-old has undergone an operation on the largest of the five areas infected on his legs and hips and is receiving daily treatment in a Berlin hospital.
Heil finished third with teammate Thomas Ploessel in the 49er class in the Olympic test regatta from August 5-22 in Rio’s Guanabara Bay where garbage, discarded furniture and dead animals float.
“I have never in my life had a leg infection,” he wrote in a Sailing Team Germany blog.
“I assume that I got it from the test regatta.”
Heil has been treated with strong antibiotics after contracting a highly resistant germ and is unable to train.
South Korean windsurfer Wonwoo Cho, 20, had to be hospitalised with headaches, dehydration and vomiting during the test regatta while numerous other athletes also complained of feeling unwell after competing, according to reports.
Thirteen rowers on the 40-member US team came down with stomach illness at the world junior rowing championships in Rio de Janeiro – a trial run for next summer’s Olympics – and the team doctor said she suspected it was due to pollution in the lake where the competition took place.
The event took place amid rising concerns about the water quality at venues for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, now less than a year away.
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