The U.S Olympic Committee told the country’s national sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Rio 2016 Olympics in August. According to Reuters, the message was delivered in a conference call involving USOC officials and leaders of U.S. sport federations in late January. Federations were told that no one should go to Brazil “if they don’t feel comfortable going,” said Donald Anthony, president and board chairman of USA Fencing.
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