Zika virus not stopping Sanya Richards-Ross from going to Rio Olympics

Zika virus not stopping Sanya Richards-Ross from going to Rio Olympics

United States (U.S.) track and field athlete Sanya Richards-Ross is going to Brazil for the Olympic Games despite being concerned about the Zika virus. The Olympic Games is scheduled later in the year and Sanya is adamant not to miss her chance for glory.

Zika virus is spreading at an alarming rate in Latin America. This has raised concerns for athletes all over the world who are looking to compete in the Olympic Games.

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The Zika virus is famous for the Zika fever which causes only mild symptoms such as headaches, fever, malaise, conjunctivitis and joint pain. The main reason for the spread of the virus is climate change, as reported by The Guardian.

Sanya Richards-Ross has won gold previously at the Olympics Games in the 400 meter and 4×400 meter relay events.

“As of right now…no, I would not consider not going to the Olympic Games because it just means too much to me. This will probably be my last hurrah.” Richards-Ross said, as reported by TMZ.

Although Richards-Ross has her intent on going, she does respect the Zika virus which is known to cause birth defects. She feels that it might be an important factor in her decision.

“Of course it is a concern of mine. Not knowing how you can be affected and what the consequences are. It’s scary. But I can’t imagine doing all the work and not going [to Rio]” Richards-Ross added.

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