Safety first

Hope Solo may not compete in Rio Olympics due to Zika threat

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U.S. soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo has said that she has reservations about competing in the upcoming Rio Olympics due to the Zika outbreak in Brazil. “If I had to make the choice today, I wouldn’t go,” Solo told “Competing in the Olympics should be a safe environment for every athlete, male and female alike. Female athletes should not be forced to make a decision that could sacrifice the health of a child.”

The Zika virus, which is transmitted via mosquitoes and unprotected sexual intercourse, is believed to cause birth defects when contracted by pregnant women. The U.S. Olympic committee has not advised athletes to refrain from participating in the Rio games, which begin on August 5. But the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has warned women who are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, against travelling to areas affected by Zika.

Read the full story at USA Today.


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