Zika Virus: Novak Djokovic Says Olympics Should Not Be Cancelled – Tennis great Novak Djokovic has described cancelling the Rio 2016 Olympics over the Zika virus as “unthinkable.”
Djokovic has stated that he will be playing at the games regardless, despite over 100 scientists advocating for the postponement of the games. The WHO however maintains that the virus is not sufficient reason to cancel or postpone the games.
World number one Djokovic said: “Somebody has passed me the information that a significant amount of scientists have come up with a statement that it’s not safe. Honestly, I don’t know what to think any more. But I need to get informed more so I can speak more in detail about it, because for the moment I’m planning to play the Olympics. Nothing is changing.
“But let’s see what happens. To even think to cancel the Olympic Games is unthinkable, honestly. I mean, many athletes and people already planned in advance and so many people already planned their trips and accommodation in Rio.”
“Of course we have to have common sense that health is the most important for anybody that is there. But we should not only think about people coming to Rio. How about those people living there? Not talking about them too much.