Mosquitos and the Olympic Games

Published on March 25th, 2024

For the Rio 2016 Olympics, if the local news wasn’t focused on pollution in Guanabara Bay, it was warning about the mosquito-borne virus Zika. And now, France is racing to stop virus-carrying tiger mosquitoes from disrupting the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Over the last 20 years, the Asian tiger mosquito has established itself in various parts of Europe, including France, posing a significant health risk by transmitting diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. With the Paris Games just four months away, experts warn that a bite from a tiger mosquito could jeopardise an athlete’s ability to compete.

Didier Fontenille, an entomologist, and expert on vector-borne diseases, said: “If you have dengue, you’re not going to jump over any hurdles. The host cities and especially the Olympic Village must be kept mosquito-free.” – Full report

Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Program*:
Men’s One Person Dinghy – ILCA 7 (41)
Women’s One Person Dinghy – ILCA 6 (41)
Mixed Two Person Dinghy – 470 (19)
Men’s Skiff – 49er (20)
Women’s Skiff – 49erFX (20)
Men’s Kiteboard – Formula Kite Class (20)
Women’s Kiteboard – Formula Kite Class (20)
Men’s Windsurfing – iQFOiL (24)
Women’s Windsurfing – iQFOiL (24)
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17 (19)
* Quota per event in parenthesis but does not include Universality Places (2 men, 2 women)

Venue: Marseille, France
Dates: July 28-August 9

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