Concerns about the spread of the
Kenyan officials have threatened to withdraw their team if they do not receive assurances that athletes will be safe from the mosquito-borne virus.
"We are not going to risk taking Kenyans there if this Zika virus reaches epidemic levels," Kipchoge Keino, president of the country's Olympic committee, told Reuters.
Keino made his comments a day after
"Team USA looks forward to the Games and we did not, would not and will not prevent athletes from competing for their country should they qualify," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said Monday.
The outbreak of Zika -- which has been linked to birth defects -- represents an international emergency, the World Health Organization said last week. The illness has spread throughout the Americas.
Brazilian organizers have vowed to take precautionary measures such as increased public testing and targeting of mosquito breeding areas.
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