Costa Rica Surfing – Zika is deterring some athletes from going to the Rio Olypics, but what about a surf competition in Costa Rica?
Next month, international surfers converging on a popular Costa Rican beach for the World Surfing Games will be facing more than big waves and tough competition — the zone is also a Zika hotspot.
But promoters of the August 6-14 event in the Pacific coastal town of Jaco, which is organized by the International Surfing Association, insist there’s little to worry about, except for pregnant women.
“We have Zika cases, as the whole country does. People can come to Jaco without any fear,” Tobias Murillo, the mayor of the Garabito region that includes Jaco, told AFP.
However health ministry figures show that, of the 238

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