TV favourite Rachael Finch has announced she is pulling out of covering the Rio Olympics due to her concerns about the Zika virus.

The Seven presenter this afternoon announced that she would not be going to the event, as she is concerned about the implications for her family plans.

‘I would have absolutely loved to go to Rio to be a part of the Olympic coverage with the Channel 7 team, but have decided not to go,’ she said.

‘Misha and I are wanting to have more children and with the Zika virus an issue we don’t want to take this risk…’

Zika infection is caused by a virus transmitted by certain tropical mosquitoes. It has been linked to birth defects including microcephaly and severe brain malformations.

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  • Wise thinking Rachael !


  • Very smart thinking, well done Rachael.


  • With the zika virus you don’t blame Rachael for not going!


  • I do not blame her I would do the same esp if I was planning to get pregnant. is she pregnant again?


  • I think she’s being quite sensible.


  • I can understand her reasons, and would support anyone who chooses not to go.


  • Smart decision! – I too wonder what will happen when our Aussie team return from RIO and how we are going to prevent the spread of the Zika virus – I hope our government and medical teams have a practical way of ensuring we are all safe from it.


  • I too would put my family first. Good on her


  • Better to be safe than sorry. My husband got severe food poisoning in Rio and ended up in hospital on a drip.


  • I wonder what measures Australia is taking for returning athletes / media and spectators from the games to ensure they are not carrying and spreading the virus when they return?


  • Way to go Racheal! Putting the health of your future family and the health of you and your partner. The chance of someone bringing Zika back from Rio scares the heck out of me being a young mum that will be starting IVF soon. I pray that it doesnt happy!!!


  • I wouldn’t go either. I think it’s a personal decision and one that should be respected.


  • Under no circumstances would I go to a country where Zika Virus is present, not on for my family’s sake but other people I could come in contact with


  • I understand completely her concerns with the Zika virus!


  • This is a blatant lift from New Idea’s Facebook page, with barely a word changed. Really shameless THEFT.


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