Pau Gasol may skip the Olympics amid health concerns surrounding the Zika virus

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The 2016 Olympics are fast approaching and the world's best athletes will soon convene in Brazil to fight for the most prestigious awards in professional athletics.

However, the Zika virus has left the competition in a state of limbo with a number of scientists and athletes voicing their concerns at what is happening in South America.

The latest person to bring his Olympic future into doubt is Spaniard Pau Gasol. The Chicago Bulls big man said he may turn down the chance to play in his fourth Olympic games, and is encouraging others to 'think about' their decisions.

As per the Associated Press, he said: "It wouldn't surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk.

"We need to understand the seriousness of the situation. Even though there are some soothing words being said, we know that there are different opinions about the subject."

Spain have been the biggest challengers to the United States over the past eight years, claiming silver medals in Beijing and London. Losing a player of Gasol's stature would be a huge blow to their chances.

However, with the serious health concerns surrounding the competition, there may be a number of top-level performers - not just basketball players - who decide to stay away from Brazil in the summer.

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