Olympic Officials to US Athletes: Skip Rio if Zika Scares You

USOC delivers message to American sports federations, says Reuters
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2016 10:30 AM CST

(Newser) – If the US medal count is lower than normal at the Summer Olympics this year, blame mosquitoes. The United States Olympic Committee has spread the word to American athletes: If the Zika virus worries them, they should skip the Games in Brazil, reports Reuters. The message came in a conference call to the leaders of US sports federations, and the head of USA Fencing says that the "bottom line" was clear enough: Nobody should head to Rio "if they don't feel comfortable going." ABC News previously rounded up concerns of US athletes, including wrestler Adeline Grey saying she might have opted out of a recent competition in Rio had she been pregnant. (Read more US Olympic Committee stories.)

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