Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 29th 2016 Contents New Zealander middle-distance
runner Nick Willis and his wife
already have a toddler, and they re
looking to add to their family. Con-
cern over the Zika virus is putting
those plans on hold.
Willis, the 2008 Olympic silver
medalist in the 1,500 metres, hopes
to compete this summer at the games
in Rio de Janeiro. Wife Sierra is one
of his coaches.
"We ve had a lot of conversations
about the Zika virus. ... We have a
2½-year-old son, my wife and I, and
we d like to add to that family and
grow it," Willis said. "The biggest
impact, I suppose, is we ve decided
not to try to get pregnant now."
Willis, 32, suggested that perhaps
he d consider freezing his sperm until
the couple knows more about the
virus. Like many athletes headed to
Brazil this summer, he is refusing to
let Zika derail his Olympic dreams.
Most say they are trusting federations
to make sure they are safe, although
one medal hopeful is warning a vul-
nerable relative to stay home.
The husband of American Jenn
Suhr, who holds the world indoor
record for the pole vault and won the
gold at the 2012 Olympics, said a
cousin canceled plans to go to Brazil
this summer to watch Suhr jump
because the cousin has one child and
is expecting another.
"We ve never been to South Amer-
ica. We don t know what we re in for
down there," Rick Suhr said. "As long
as they keep putting these events in
challenging cities, you re going to
have challenging issues come up. It
seems like the farther you compete
from home, the more challenging it
is."The Zika virus---spread mainly by
mosquito bites---is epidemic in Latin
America and the Caribbean. The virus
causes mild illness or no symptoms
in most people. But in Brazil, officials
are investigating a possible link to
babies born with unusually small
heads, a rare birth defect called micro-
cephaly that can signal underlying
In guidance issued Friday night,
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention addressed people
planning to travel to Brazil for the
Olympics in August and the Para-
lympic Games in September. The
agency again advised that pregnant
women consider not going and that
their male sexual partners use con-
doms after the trip or abstain from
sex during the pregnancy.
Women who are trying to become
pregnant should talk to their doctors
before making the trip, the CDC
The CDC also recommends that
all travelers use insect repellent while
in Zika outbreak areas and continue
to use it for three weeks after travel
in case they might be infected but
The US women s national soccer
team held two meetings to discuss
the virus with doctors while in Texas
for its Olympic qualifying tournament.
Two players, Amy Rodriguez and Syd-
ney Leroux, already had planned to
take a break from the team for the
Rio Games because of pregnancy.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo first raised
questions in an interview with Sports
Illustrated, suggesting she wouldn t
do anything to jeopardize the health
of her child if she were to decide to
start a family.
"If the Olympics were today, I
would not go," Solo reiterated during
the tournament. "Fortunately, the
Olympics are six months away. So, I
believe we have some time to get our
doubts and questions answered."
The CDC says there is no evidence
to suggest that Zika poses a risk of
birth defects for future pregnancies.
The virus remains in the blood of an
infected person for only about a week.
Spanish wind surfing gold medalist
Marina Alabau believes she contracted
Zika while training in Rio in Decem-
ber. First she came down with a fever,
then other symptoms arose.
"Then my whole body turned red
and everything itched. Two days later,
my joints started aching," she said.
"First it was in the fingers, then my
wrists and finally my ankles. It was
then that I decided to return to Spain
because I was a little worried."
Alabau can t confirm her illness
was Zika because she wasn t tested
at the time. But she says the painful
symptoms she suffered won t stop
her from competing in the games in
At an event this week in Rio, 2012
Olympic diving silver medalist Abby
Johnston pointed to another concern:
The flu-like symptoms caused in
some who contract the Zika virus can
"That s really not what you would
want, particularly for something you
have trained your whole life for. To
think that that could be taken away
by a virus is pretty scary," said John-
ston, a second-year medical student
at Duke University.
The virus puts the International
Olympic Committee, as well as
national organizations and sports fed-
erations around the world, in the
position of being educators to make
sure athletes are armed with infor-
mation about Zika and its risks. They
were in a similar position for the 2008
Games, when poor air quality in Bei-
jing raised concerns among athletes.
The Australian Olympic Committee
has advised athletes to wear long
sleeves and keep windows closed in
the Olympic village, among other
FEBRUARY 29, 2016
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DHAKA---India batsman Virat
Kohli has been fined 30 per
cent of his match fee for
breaching the ICC Code of Con-
duct in the Asia Cup match
against Pakistan on Saturday.
Kohli, who hit a match-winning
49 runs in India's five-wicket win,
admitted to showing dissent
after he was given out.
The ICC said in a release: "The
incident happened in the 15th
over of India's innings when
Kohli, after being given out leg
before, displayed dissent by first
showing his bat and then leaving
the crease while looking back at
the umpire and uttering some
words that were contrary to the
spirit of the game."
Replays of the delivery
showed that Kohli had inside
edged the Mohammad Sami de-
livery on to his pad but was
given leg-before by the on-field
umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge.
In this August 28, 2015, file photo,
New Zealand's Nick Willis runs in
his men's 1,500-metre semifinal at
the World Athletics Championships
at the Bird's Nest stadium in
Beijing. Willis, who won the silver
medal in the 1,500 metres at the
2008 Beijing Games, and his wife
Sierra Willis, who is on his coaching
staff, says, "We've had a lot of
conversations about the Zika
virus.... We have a 2-year-old son
[Lachlan, now aged three], my wife
and I, and we'd like to add to that
family and grow it."
Kohli fined for dissent during Asia Cup
...as Brazil gets set to host Olympics
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