USOC ‘will not prevent athletes from competing’ over Zika

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LOS ANGELES: The United States Olympic Committee on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) refuted an “inaccurate” report that it had advised American athletes to reconsider competing in the Rio Games because of Zika virus fears. “The reports that the USOC has advised U.S. athletes to reconsider competing in Rio due to the Zika virus are 100 percent inaccurate,” USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. Sandusky said the USOC had held internal discussions with American sports leaders about the potential risks that the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had identified with travel to Zika-infested areas. The primarily mosquito-borne illness has surged through Latin America.

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