Posted: June 1, 2016 – Mosquito Squad
Chicago Bulls player Pau Gasol is considering skipping the upcoming Summer Olympics in Brazil due to the Zika Virus.
The Spanish basketball star said recently that there is too much uncertainty about the situation in Brazil and anyone who plans to go should think about whether it is worth the risk.
The Bulls have reported that other athletes have expressed their concern about the virus and are considering skipping the games.
“It wouldn’t surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk,” Gasol said, adding that he was among the athletes making such considerations.
“I’m thinking about (whether or not to go),” he said. “Just like every athlete, or any other person considering going to Rio, should be thinking about it.”
“Some of these athletes are planning to have children in the near future and this could affect them, it could affect the health of their kids and their wives,” he said at an event for one of his sponsors in Madrid. “Their health should come first.” Families and friends of the athletes that want to see them compete in Brazil need to think about the risks involved with traveling to the country. It has been widely reported that Brazil.
“I hope the national Olympic committees and the health organizations can be as clear as possible about the risks in Brazil so athletes can decide whether or not to take risks,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve been told enough about it.”
“We need to understand the seriousness of the situation,” Gasol said. “Even though there are some soothing words being said, we know that there are different opinions about the subject.”
“I feel responsible to know more about the situation and to inform everyone about it,” he said. “It’s important to talk openly about this. It’s a very delicate situation.”