Wednesday 26 July 2017

Zika virus won't stop me defending Olympic title, vows Katie

Katie Taylor, and student Anna McKenna, from Scoil Mhuire, Wellington Road, Cork, at the event promoting STEM choices. Photo: Diane Cusack
Katie Taylor, and student Anna McKenna, from Scoil Mhuire, Wellington Road, Cork, at the event promoting STEM choices. Photo: Diane Cusack
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Olympic champion Katie Taylor has vowed that the Zika virus will not stop her defending her title and making sporting history at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Ireland's Olympic and World boxing champion said her entire focus is now on qualifying for the Brazil games.

She insisted that the mosquito-borne virus which has sparked a World Health Organisation (WHO) alert will not derail her bid.

"The whole thing is out of my control, to be honest," she said.

"I definitely wouldn't be considering not going because of what is going on. If I do qualify, and please God I will, I will go over.

"I know the Irish Sports Council and Olympic Council of Ireland are doing everything they can to prepare us for this virus."

"My priority is to qualify for the Rio games," explained Katie, who celebrates her 30th birthday in July.

"I have to qualify in April so that is where all my focus is on at the moment. It will be a dream for me to make it to Rio and be able to defend my title."

Katie attended a conference in Cork to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers for Irish women.

Irish Independent

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