Annamay Pierse Points To Hobson’s Choice Of Swimmers Heading To Rio Zika Zone

Annamay Pierse on her way to one of 43 world records, her's in the 200m breaststroke in semis, at the 2009 shiny suits circus in Rome by Patrick B. Kraemer

The Zika virus, the risk of hastening its reach and spread as tourists flock to Rio for the Olympic Games, as well as the implications for the health and welfare of women athletes, is a story close to the heart of Canadian former world record holder Annamay Pierse. “Exhibit A: a living testimony to the perils of competing in a hazardous environment”, is how she is described in a report today that highlights the Hobson’s Choice faced by swimmers and others for whom the Olympic Games represent the pinnacle of their sporting days

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