Pau Gasol could skip Olympics over Zika virus concerns

NBA star Pau Gasol is considering skipping the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio due to growing concerns over the Zika virus.

The Chicago Bulls big man, who would play for Spain, said that he and other players should strongly consider whether to attend 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,” Gasol said, via ABC News. “I’m thinking about (whether or not to go). Just like every athlete, or any other person considering going to Rio, should be thinking about it.”

Gasol has helped to lead Spain to silver medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. This could finally be the year that Spain gets over the hump to reach gold, but Gasol understands safety must come first.

“I hope the national Olympic committees and the health organizations can be as clear as possible about the risks in Brazil so athletes can decide whether or not to take risks,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve been told enough about it.”

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