Kenya Threatens To Boycott 2016 Rio Olympic Games Over Zika Virus

Posted: Feb 10 2016, 6:57am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
The logos of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Photo credit: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes

Don't Miss: This How to find Fingerlings in Stock

Considering the rising menace of Zika virus in parts of Latin and South America, the Kenya’s Olympic Committee has threatened to boycott attending the 2016 Rio Olympics taking place in August in Brazil, unless assurances are given that Kenyan athletes and sports staff would not be exposed to the ravaging infection - Reuters reports.

According to Kipchoge Keino, head of Kenya’s Olympic committee, “Obviously, we are not going to risk taking Kenyans there is this Zika virus reaches epidemic levels. They have to assure us that the country is safe enough to take athletes there.”

Kenya has one of the best long-distance runners in the world, and has been excelling excellently in the area for decades – some of these skilled athletes are expected to participate at the Rio Olympic even after athletes from the East African country swept several medals at the 2015 World Championships.

Keino himself used to be a great athlete and won several medals for his country in his own time. He won the Olympic gold medals at the Mexico City and Munich Olympics, and now the chairman of the National Olympics Committee of Kenya. He said his office has contacted the organizers of the Olympics over their fears of Zika.

"We have made it clear that unless they clean the venues of this potentially dangerous disease, we will not go there," Keino said. "But if they assure us that things are in order and there is no risk to participants, mothers, we will go."

Zika virus has been linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly – abnormally small head in newborns, and the World Health Organization on February 1 declared Zika virus an international health emergency.

It is not only Kenya that threatened to boycott the Rio Olympics over fears of Zika infection, but the United States Olympic committee also advised its sports federations to keep back athletes and staff if they fear they could be exposed to the virus infection.

And the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant to avoid traveling to places with Zika outbreaks.

Holiday Gift Guides and Deals

Get your Holiday gifting inspired by Best Toy Gifts with High STEM Value and the Top 10 toy gifts under $10 if you are on budget. The most popular Holiday 2017 toy list include Fingerlings, Crate Creatures and more. Don't miss the new Holiday deals on Amazon Devices, including $29.99 Fire tablet.

This story may contain affiliate links.

This free App Solves You Holiday Shopping Problem


Download the free Tracker app now to get in-stock alerts on Fingerling, Luvabella, SNES Classic and more.

Latest News

Comments

The Author

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
Charles is covering the latest discoveries in science and health as well as new developments in technology. He is the Chief Editor or Intel-News.

 

 

Advertisement

comments powered by Disqus