In response to inaccurate reports regarding USOC guidance for athletes attending the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said:

The reports that the USOC has advised U.S. athletes to reconsider competing in Rio due to the Zika virus are 100 percent inaccurate.  Team USA looks forward to the Games and we did not, would not and will not prevent athletes from competing for their country should they qualify. The inaccurate report cited an internal discussion with U.S. sports leaders pertaining to employees and the potential risks that the CDC has identified with travel to Zika-infected areas.