The Zika virus that is sweeping South America and other parts of Latin America has already affected athletes slated to compere in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
NBA players such as Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol have expressed concern about the virus, and U.S. cyclist Tejay van Garderen has even withdrawn from the Games.
Female athletes are especially worried about the virus, because it causes birth defects such as microcephaly. But Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas is not concerned.
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“It’s the Olympics,” Douglas told the AP on Friday. “Mosquitoes? Like, whatever. I’m going. This is my shot. I don’t care about no stupid bugs.”
The Olympics only happen every four years, so it’s not surprising that the 20-year-old gymnast still wants to compete. During her first Olympics, the 2012 Games in London, she burst onto the global scene, winning gold medals in the team events and all-around.
Older athletes like Anthony and Gasol should be concerned about competing in Rio. Anthony is married, and he could sexually transmit the virus to his wife if he got infected.
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