pau+gasolOne of Spain’s most famous athletes has said he is considering skipping this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to fears over the Zika virus.

Pau Gasol said he has spoken to other athletes who were considering whether to compete at 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. I’m thinking about, 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. Their health should come first.”

The World Health Organization recently dismissed calls for the Games to be moved.

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