Olympic athletes make plans to avoid Zika virus
Olympic athletes make plans to avoid Zika virus Cuba's gold medalist Lisette Hechevarria, left, competes with Brazil's Aline Ferreira da Silva, also known as Aline Silva, during the women's wrestling Greco-Roman 72 kg at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Gregory Bull/File)
Olympic athletes make plans to avoid Zika virus
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Aline Silva has had the dengue fever twice. So she's not taking any chances with the Zika virus.
 
Silva is a Brazilian wrestler who hopes to win an Olympic medal in just over six months in Rio de Janeiro. At a test event Jan. 31 for the games, at a venue in Rio's new Olympic Park, she wasn't alone in being concerned.
 
Several non-Brazilian athletes talked about slathering on mosquito repellent. They stay in their hotel rooms and away from the water and the beaches. They want to avoid mosquitoes.
 
Brazil is an epicenter of the rapidly spreading Zika virus. It's a mosquito-borne disease. Brazilian scientists say it is linked to a rare birth defect.
 
The growing international health emergency around Zika could scare athletes and fans from coming to South America's first Olympics as organizers prepare for hundreds of thousands of visitors.
 
"For me, it's very worrying," Silva said. She applies repellent about every 90 minutes when she's away from home.
 
"Really, the biggest problem is in training and competing, when I can't use it (repellent)," she said. "I have had dengue twice. So I am aware about all of this. Maybe I am more worried than most."
 
Asked if other Brazilian athletes were concerned about Zika, Silva replied: "Yes, of course."
 
American wrestler Adeline Gray is a three-time world champion who will be an Olympic favorite for gold. She raised the issue of Zika's link to birth defects and cases of babies being born with unusually small heads and possible brain damage.
 
"I think if I was planning to have a child next month, I would be extremely uneasy about this," Gray said. She competes in the 75-kilogram class. "Maybe that would have changed my decision (to come here)."
 
Gray said her coaches have banned her from going swimming in Brazil during her stay.
 
"Unfortunately we're not spending too much time outside. We're wearing long sleeves, long pants and just making sure we have on as much bug spray as we can."
 
Gray said she's trying to avoid the distraction. As several reporters kept asking her questions, she politely stepped away to watch an ongoing match at the new Carioca Arena 1.
 
"This anxiety has to kind of subside so you can focus on what you are doing," she said. "If you are worried about that in the back of your mind, then you're not doing your job well enough."
 
Japan coach Shigeo Kinase gave similar advice to his wrestlers about staying indoors.
 
"We are trying not to leave the hotel too often," he said. "If my athletes go out shopping, I go with them."
 
Rio organizers have been scouring Olympics venues daily for two weeks. They are looking for standing water. That's where mosquitoes breed. Rio spokesman Mario Andrada said the inspections would continue daily until the games open Aug. 5. That will be in Brazil's winter when it's cooler, drier and the mosquito population is smaller.
 
Andrada emphasized that no one is publicly talking about canceling or postponing the games.
 
"This has never been mentioned. No way," Andrada said. "It's impossible to do that. There is no reason to do that."

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COMMENTS (156)
  • william1108-yyca
    2/04/2016 - 09:10 p.m.

    WOW! A wrestler. I wish that maybe one day I will become a wrestler and get some gold metals. But also maybe it will be painful because after all it is wrestling and someone might get hurt like break a arm or a leg or something like that. So maybe one day I will become a wrestler or maybe not.

  • caymanm-2-bar
    2/04/2016 - 10:25 p.m.

    Adeline Gray was banned from swimming because her coaches don't want her to get the Zika virus from any mosquitos near water. Mosquitos are usually near water. The article says "Her coaches have banned her from going swimming in Brazil during her stay." This is a very smart decision. I thought this article was interesting because South America is hosting the Olympics and their is a disease going around their.

  • adamp-3-bar
    2/04/2016 - 10:28 p.m.

    Adeline Gray was banned from swimming because of the Zika virus. The Zika virus is,"a mosquito-borne disease. Brazilian scientists say it is linked to a rare birth defect." Adeline Gray is banned from swimming because Zika is carried through mosquitos and "standing water [is] where mosquitoes breed." I am intrigued by this article because I wondered what would be done by Olympic officials because the Zika virus is from Brazil and the Olympics are also is in Brazil. I am glad to hear they are taking precautions.

  • sethg-2-bar
    2/05/2016 - 12:27 a.m.

    Adeline Gray was banned from swimming because of the ongoing Zika virus. In paragraph eleven, the story states " Gray said her coaches have banned her from going swimming in Brazil during her stay." The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, so going outside is a danger. I found this article interesting because I didn't know the Olympics were in Brazil.

  • olgan-4-bar
    2/05/2016 - 01:20 a.m.

    Adeline Gray was banned from swimming because zinka might get to her while in the waters. Gray stated " I think I was planning on having a child next month " meaning that if she goes in the dirty waters and possibly catches the disease her future baby might be born with brain damage. I think this article is sad on how they have to wear long pants and long sleeves while in a hot place. Scientist should make finding a cure for zinka their number one priority.

  • taylorh-4-bar
    2/05/2016 - 01:25 a.m.

    She was banned from swimming because of the zika virus and the did not want her to catch it. This article was interesting because I did not think that somebody could ban a swimmer from swimming.

  • oliviaw-4-bar
    2/05/2016 - 09:38 a.m.

    American Olympic wrestler, Adeline Gray has been banned by her coaches from swimming in Brazil. Her coaches' concern is that the growing Zica virus will spread to Adeline and other athletes. The threatening virus is found in a breed of mosquitoes commonly found in Brazil and South America. The coaches and directors state that they are, "looking for standing water" as mosquitos usually are found in areas where smaller bodies of water are left untouched and unmoved for a period of time. This article was interesting in the sense that it informed about the Zica virus, and what Olympians are doing to avoid it.

  • andya-pel
    2/05/2016 - 10:09 a.m.

    People are being effected by this mosquito carrying disease called the Zika virus . Athletes are nervous to go to the Olympics with this disease on the loose . Which is why Adeline Gray is banned from swimming .

  • annac-pel
    2/05/2016 - 10:15 a.m.

    Gray was banned from swimming because that's where mosquitoes breed.

  • coltonl-pel
    2/05/2016 - 10:17 a.m.

    I think the zika virus is a big problem in society today and athletes should keep taking the precautions they have been taking to avoid the virus.

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