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South Korean athletes will wear Zika-proof suits at Rio Olympics

South Korean Olympic wrestling athlete Kim Hyeon-woo (left) and handball athlete Kim On-a (right) present the South Korean Olympic team uniforms for the medal ceremony of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
South Korean Olympic wrestling athlete Kim Hyeon-woo (left) and handball athlete Kim On-a (right) present the South Korean Olympic team uniforms for the medal ceremony of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The Associated Press

With the talk of the Zika virus, sewage-filled waters, police troubles and worries about the Olympic village, it’s important to remain positive as the start of Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro near.

But the South Korean Olympic Committee is also making sure to be prepared.

According to the Associated Press, athletes from South Korea will wear what they hope are Zika-proof outfits while in Brazil. This is from the AP story:

Mosquito-repellent chemicals were added to the outfits, which all include long pants, long-sleeved shirts and jackets. The uniforms will be worn by athletes during ceremonies, training and at the athletes’ village, the Korean Olympic Committee said.

The committee said it couldn’t make changes to the uniforms worn during competition because of strict rules and performance concerns, although athletes will be allowed to use anti-mosquito spray during competition.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has placed a Level 2 alert for these Olympic Games.

The anti-mosquitos suits aren’t the only precautions teams are taking. The U.S. rowing team will wear sewage-proof suits.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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