Olympics 2016 Zika Virus News: Rafael Nadal Pulls Out of Games? Roger Federer Confirms Absence
With the Rio Olympics ahead, Brazil is putting a lot of effort to calm the tensions surrounding the Zika Virus.Advertisement
Officials are insisting tourists to practice safe sex. Tourists with pregnant partners are urged to use condoms or stop having sex for a while in order to avoid transmitting the virus. Olympic athletes from South Korea will be wearing uniforms woven with insect repellent to keep away Zika-bearing mosquitoes, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The publication reported that Brazilian and global health officials are trying to make athletes and visitors understand the situation. Several athletes are already taking added precautions as the Olympic Games set to open on Friday.
Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland has withdrawn from the Rio Olympics. Although it has been reported that this is due to an aggravated back injury, many are saying the virus has something to do with his withdrawal.
Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem have also withdrawn from the Rio Olympics, according to BBC Sports. Five of the men’s top-10 players will not participate in Rio. However, even after a wrist injury, Spaniard Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he is fit to compete.
On the other hand, British player Andy Murray is turning a blind eye to the potential threat of the virus. He shrugged off the absence of two of his leading rivals. It has been confirmed that he is prepared to defend his Olympic title.
According to First Post, Murray said that he could have contracted Zika virus in his second home in Miami. So the threat of the virus in Rio is not something he is concerned of.