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Rebecca Adlington: GB swimmers will not be put off by Zika virus at Rio 2016

• Little chance of 26-strong team reconsidering decision to travel, she says
• ‘They’ve been told it’s all under control. All the athletes have decided to go’

Rebecca Adlington, the four-times Olympic medallist, says Britain’s swimmers will not be put off by the Zika virus as they prepare for the Rio Olympics, despite growing concern over its potential impact.

More than 100 experts wrote to the World Health Organisation on Friday to call for the Rio Games to be postponed or moved in light of the threat from the disease, a request that was rejected. Adlington, who shot to fame by winning two gold medals in Beijing and then two bronzes four years later in London, said there was little chance of Britain’s 26 swimmers reconsidering their decision to travel.

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