2016 Olympic hopefuls in B.C. are taking precautions to protect themselves from the Zika virus.
22-year-old Maxwell Lattimer from Delta says the Canadian Olympic Committee issued an advisory on Zika.
“I think you take those precautions like you would any precautions heading into a big competition. We are trained to analyze situations where things can go wrong, guys could get sick. We try and create plans so that we know what to do when things go wrong.”
Lattimer, who is confident he will make the Men’s Light Weight 4 Olympic Rowing team, says the Canadian Olympic Committee sent out an advisory this week.
“So they are saying a spectator, like if you have a sister or something that wanted to come watch and she was pregnant, maybe she shouldn’t come watch.”
Victoria rower Patricia Obee says poor water quality is also a concern after she took part in a training camp in Rio last year.
“We did a two week training camp down there in the fall and we did things like only buy new water bottles and tape the top of them, and untape it one time, crack it, we didn’t touch our faces with our hands because they were getting a little bit splashed by the water.”
“My partner and I, we had no issues, some of the people did, on the team got sick. But I felt quite comfortable with it.”
Friday will mark six months until the start of the games.