Djokovic plan­ning for Rio de­spite Zika con­cerns

World No. 1 says it would be ‘un­think­able’ to can­cel Olympics

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No­vak Djokovic ad­mits he is con­cerned by the Zika virus but is plan­ning to play at the Olympics and feels can­celling the Games would be “un­think­able”.

More than 100 lead­ing sci­en­tists signed an open let­ter to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO), say­ing it was un­eth­i­cal for the Olympics to go ahead in Rio amid the out­break of the disease.

The WHO is con­tin­u­ing to ad­vise that Zika, which is linked to thou­sands of ba­bies born with birth de­fects in Brazil, is not a rea­son to move or post­pone the Games.

The world No.1 said: “Some­body has passed me the in­for­ma­tion that a sig­nif­i­cant amount of sci­en­tists have come up with a state­ment that it’s not safe. Hon­estly, I don’t know what to think any more. But I need to get in­formed more so I can speak more in de­tail about it, be­cause for the mo­ment I’m plan­ning to play the Olympics. Noth­ing is chang­ing. “But let’s see what hap­pens. To even think to can­cel the Olympic Games is un­think­able, hon­estly. I mean, many ath­letes and peo­ple al­ready planned in ad­vance and so many peo­ple al­ready planned their trips and ac­com­mo­da­tion in Rio.” Ser­bian Djokovic, cur­rently com­pet­ing in the French Open, added: “Of course we have to have com­mon sense that health is the most im­por­tant for any­body that is there.

“But we should not only think about peo­ple com­ing to Rio. How about those peo­ple liv­ing there? Not talk­ing about them too much.

“So I think we have to look from dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives in or­der to make a right con­clu­sion.”

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