Rio 2016: Greg Rutherford freezing sperm as Zika virus precaution

first_imgRutherford’s partner Susie Verrill told Standard Issue magazine that they harbour serious concerns over the virus, which experts say is to blame for a surge of cases in Latin America of microcephaly – a serious birth defect in which babies are born with unusually small heads and brains.The pair, who want to have more children, are as a result taking precautions ahead of Rutherford’s defence of his long jump gold medal.”We’ve … made the decision to have Greg’s sperm frozen,” Verrill said.”We’d love to have more children and with research in its infancy, I wouldn’t want to put myself in a situation which could have been prevented.”Specialists still also don’t know the ins and outs of Zika, so even though it looks as though there’s no real issues should [their son] Milo get bitten, it’s just another thing we don’t want to chance.”She says the Zika threat, as well as the fact baby-friendly accommodation in Rio was “slimmer than a supermodel grasshopper”, will see her and the family stay at home during the Olympics.”The Zika news has caused no end of concern if we’re totally honest,” she said.last_img