Elena Delle Donne has seen pro athlete peers such as LeBron James and Jason Day withdraw from the Rio Olympics, but the Sky star said Friday that there’s no way she’s dropping out despite the risks associated with the Zika virus.
“For me, my mind still hasn’t wavered at all about Olympics. This is a dream come true to respresent the country and there’s no doubt I will be there,” Delle Donne said during a conference call.
The Team USA women’s basketball player has been especially vigilant about monitoring her health since she said she first developed symptoms of Lyme disease and was later diagnosed her sophomore year at the University of Delaware. The disease, transmitted through tick bites, can cause fatigue, headaches, joint pain and flu-like symptoms.
Some athletes, such as Day, cited concern about the Zika outbreak in Brazil as the primary reason for pulling out of the Olympics. The disease can be contracted through mosquito bites and can cause severe birth defects, as well as fever, joint pain and other symptoms.