We Will Not Move Or Postpone Rio Olympics, IOC Tells Scientists Experts

By 09:50 Sat, 28 May 2016 Comments

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected a plea by 150 experts to postpone or move this summer's Rio Olympics due to the ongoing threat posed by the Zika virus.

The panel of experts wrote an open letter to the World Health Organisation and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) expressing their concern about the danger posed by the virus which has been linked to brain defects in babies.

The scientists said the games should be moved or postponed 'in the name of public health' because of the threat the virus poses the estimated 500,000 tourists and competitors due to attend the games.

However, the WHO has followed the advice of the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), who said there is no reason to delay or move the games which are due to begin on August 5.
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