Rachael Finch declines offer to cover Rio Olympics for fear of Zika virus

Former Miss Universe Australia contestant and television presenter Rachael Finch has revealed she has turned down the chance to join Channel 7 in covering the Rio Olympics next month for fear of the Zika virus.

She put out a brief statement on Facebook last night saying she and her husband Michael Miziner, who she met when they were partnered together on Dancing With The Stars in 2010, want to give their two-year-old daughter Violet a sibling one day.

“Misha and I are wanting to have more children and with the Zika virus an issue we don’t want to take the risk,” she wrote.

The Zika virus is rampant in Brazil and can cause brain damage and severe birth defects in babies. Female athletes and Olympic tourists who are pregnant or intend on falling pregnant have already been warned to stay home.

Rachael is not the first Channel 7 personality to reconsider attending the games.

In May Sunrise presenter Samantha Armytage announced she was fearful of the Zika virus and would never put a possible future child at risk.

“If I was lucky enough to have a baby in the next few years, I would never forgive myself if something went wrong, that was totally avoidable,” Samantha wrote on Instagram.

Rachael has always spoken quite strongly about the deliberate choices she and Michael make in the best interest of their family, from living a healthy and active lifestyle to making every weekend child-free.

(images via Instagram)

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