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Monday, August 8, 2016

Zika, Anyone?

 “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or
predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
–William Faulkner

The 2016 Olympics Summer Games began this past weekend in Brazil where the best of the best will compete athletically. 

Will you watch them on TV? Would you want your child or other loved one competing in that location? Newscasters and papers continue to tell us of increasing incidences of the Zika virus.

I saw this recently in The “Could rampant Zika virus that causes deformed babies stop the Olympics? Rio faces crisis as female spectators and athletes are warned not to go.“Rio’s Olympics are on the verge of disaster as fear grows over the Zika, which has left more than 4,000 newborns with shrunken heads.

“Female spectators and even athletes of childbearing age are being warned by countries and medical professionals around the world to reconsider their plans to travel to Brazil for fear of what could happen to their unborn children after the country was overrun by the mosquito-borne disease.”

But as the adage goes, “The show must go on.” Or, in this case, the games must go on. I admire the athletes from America and other countries who qualify to compete in the Olympics. To reach that goal, they’re all profoundly dedicated and determined. However, I wonder about the wisdom of holding the games in Brazil this summer in the face of even medical personnel advice not to do so.

This year’s Olympics will be subjecting the participants to potential tragedy by bringing them into the current environment in Rio. Athletic competition has become paramount, from pre-school through professional sports. I’m not opposed to athletic endeavors and have enjoyed watching my share over the years.

But when we put athletes in harm’s way, be it from bodily injury or the Zika virus, we’re dismissing reasonable thought. I can only hope and pray for any athlete that faces potential and unnecessary damage anywhere.

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