American cyclist Tejay van Garderen understands the lucks that he might contract the Zika virus at the Rio Olympics are minimal, and that precautions could be taken to further reduce the threat.
With a pregnant bride at home , not even the smaller peril was worth it.
Van Garderen went his mention from its further consideration of the road cycling team Thursday, acquiring him perhaps the first U.S. athlete to back out of the Summer Games because of the mosquito-borne illness blamed for justification birth defect including microcephaly, in which the baby’s intelligence does not develop properly.
“I don’t want to risk returning anything back that could potentially have an effect, ” van Garderen said in an email to The Associated Press. “If the circumstances were different I would have adoration to be selected again to represent the USA, but my family takes priority and it’s policy decisions I’m wholly comfortable with.”
USA Cycling spokesman Kevin Loughery enunciated van Garderen is the only rider to back out of consideration for the U.S. cycling unit. The final listings for superhighway, BMX and mountain biking are expected June 24.
Van Garderen, a member of the 2012 Olympic team in London, would have been a likely pick for one of the two U.S. places in the road race. The 27 -year-old Tour de France veteran is a strong experience ordeal rider and his clambering ability would have been well-suited to the hilly direction at the Rio Olympics.
But van Garderen’s wife, Jessica, must be presented in October, and there is evidence that indicates the disease can be transmitted sexually or through blood-to-blood contact.
“I said he hoped that I’ll be in the position to hasten at the 2020 Olympic Tournament, ” van Garderen said.
CyclingTips was first to report that van Garderen had backed out.
The decision moves a few months after Marc Leishman said he would not play-act golf for Australia at the Olympics in August, quoting feelings over Zika. His partner, Audrey, virtually croaked last year from toxic collapse disorder and Leishman decided he couldn’t risk the trip-up to Brazil.
Rio organizers told the International Olympic Committee executive board on Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, that the Zika threat should lessen dramatically during Brazil’s winter months. They demo a graphic indicating the rate of infection descends significantly from June to September.
“The rate of infection fells to very low digits, very near zero, ” Rio spokesman Mario Andrada said.
Organizing committee chief Carlos Nuzman suggested contestants such as Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal and members of the U.S. basketball squad have said they have no worries, though others including U.S. soccer actor Hope Solo and tennis starring Serena Williams have expressed reservations.
“This is no public health risk” that would warrant postponing or moving the games, Nuzman said.
Andrada spoke zero an instance of Zika were recorded during 44 exam contests committing 7,000 players and 8,000 voluntaries. Rio organizers will ramp up awareness-raising campaigns to persuasion contestants and tourists the games will be safe, though Andrada announced pregnant women or women planning to get pregnant should take precautions.
“We imagine girls that are planning pregnancies “re going to have to” take extra care and it is up to them and their family to decide, ” Andrada announced. “They have to make this decision in privacy.”
Last week, a group of 150 health experts called for the Rio Activity to be moved or postponed because of Zika. The World Health Organization said there was “no public health justification” for such a step.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams supposed Thursday he had not been hearing van Garderen’s withdraw, but added that the committee “follows the remembered world-wide authority on health, the WHO.”
“Everyone would expect a plays organization to follow the advice of responsibilities, ” Adams alleged. “They problem brand-new advice on Saturday with some clear steps to be taken especially involving pregnant women. We think that’s good advisory opinions and we stick by it.”
U.S. way cyclist Sarah Hammer, who will compete in two contests at the Rio Tournament, told the AP that she is not concerned about Zika but that she is training herself before traveling to Brazil.
“There’s always something. In Beijing it was air quality, in London it was security, ” Hammer said. “Am I fretted? No. Am I totally ignorant on it? No. I’m going to take all the proper precautions I need.”
Hammer has actually been to the Amazon rainforest several times on vacation, though never during such a public health crisis. But she suggested “I’ve ever shielded myself. And that’s what we’ll do.”
USA Cycling chief executive Derek Bouchard-Hall said the U.S. Olympic Committee has taken the lead on education athletes and “we defer to them” when it comes to preparations.
Bouchard-Hall did declare South America’s first Olympics has been beset by problems.
“I think it has been dogged more than normal and some of the things are beyond their ascendancy, and some are not, ” he told the AP. “For us, it’s the velodrome( retards) and some infrastructure problems and the Zika virus, which is not Brazil’s fault per se. But they’re facing a lot of difficult challenges.”