You know. Just in case.

There has been no shortage of stories about health concerns leading up to this summer’s Olympics in Rio, but this one is quite the unique one as far as we can tell. Great Britain long jumper Greg Rutherford will not have his better half by his side at the summer games. Due to growing concerns about health issues at the games, Susie Verrill confirmed in a column she is staying home in large part due to the Zika outbreak. What’s more, she announced the couple is taking on the task of freezing his sperm so the two may have a chance to have another child some day.

We’ve also made the decision to have Greg’s sperm frozen. We’d love to have more children and with research in its infancy, I wouldn’t want to put myself in a situation which could have been prevented. Specialists still also don’t know the ins and outs of Zika, so even though it looks as though there’s no real issues should Milo get bitten, it’s just another thing we don’t want to chance.

The Zika virus has been known to be linked to serious birth defects, as noted by The Sporting News, so the concern over Rutherford’s manhood is not entirely without reason for those concerned with such manners. Still, it is somewhat odd to have that kind of information shared in such a fashion.

Certainly, this may not be the last time we hear such a bizarre-sounding story in the coming months.

[Sporting News]

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