British athlete and long jump champion Greg Rutherford has confirmed to the press that he will have his sperm frozen ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The athlete is afraid he may become infected during the Games as the Zika Virus outbreak continues to spread across the region.
Rutherford, who won the gold medal in long jump at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and girlfriend Susie Verrill are talking about risks as they fear catching the virus that can cause crippling birth defects.
In an article for Standard Issue Magazine, Rutherford’s partner Susie Verrill said the couple, who have a son, wanted more children and did not want to risk acquiring an infection “which could have been prevented.”
Explaining why neither she nor the couple’s son will attend the Games in Rio this summer, Susie Verrill also disclosed they have made the decision to have Greg’s sperm frozen, because they would love to have more children.
With research in its infancy, they wouldn’t want to put themselves in a situation which could have been prevented.
The British athlete isn’t the only Olympian taking precautions. Some teams have been disallowed from going outside after dusk, which is when mosquitoes begin collecting in greater numbers.
Meanwhile, some athletes have completely withdrawn from the Games. U.S. cyclist Tejay Van Garderen announced last week that he would bow out over fears that he might contract the Zika Virus and cause complications with his wife’s pregnancy.
Also, some Journalists are refusing to cover the 2016 Summer Olympics over fears that they might contract the Zika virus which has been a topic of heated debate where the Olympics are concerned.
The World Health Organisation has given the Games the all-clear to go ahead but some British athletes have been advised to stay inside to avoid the virus and any other diseases.