The Canadian women’s national team has plans in place if the team has to go to one of the Zika Virus “hotspots” during the 2016 Olympic Games.
Over the weekend, the World Health Organization rejected a call from more than 100 prominent doctors that the Rio Games should be postponed or move because of the outbreak of Zika in that country.
In a conference call ahead of Canada’s friendlies against Brazil in Toronto (June 4) and Ottawa (June 7), Canadian women’s national team coach John Herdman said that the team’s medical staff and the Canadian Olympic Committee have been closely monitoring the Zika situation. He said that his medical staff attended a conference last week where Zika was the top item on the agenda, and they returned with “good, clear information about the risks.”
Herdman said that the Canadian team, as it stands, doesn’t stand much risk of exposure,
“The hot spots for the virus, sit outside of our travel route,” he said.
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