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Jessica Ennis-Hill's coach calls for Britain to move Rio 2016 training camp over Zika fears

Jessica Ennis-Hill with her coach Toni Minichiello. Credit: PA Wire

Britain's preparation camp for the Rio Olympics should be moved to a Zika-free location outside Brazil, Jessica Ennis-Hill's coach has said.

Toni Minichiello told Good Morning Britain that he is "concerned" and wanted the camp to be switched from Belo Horizonte, which declared a state of emergency in December because of ongoing fears over the virus.

Mr Minichiello has said that he will not put Ennis-Hill under any pressure to defend her Olympic heptathlon title this summer.

He also told The Times (£) that he would speak to Neil Black, the British Athletics performance director, about his concerns.

"Coaches have a duty of care and I certainly would not be encouraging an athlete to go anywhere that could have long-term effects."

"We should be looking at finding a camp that minimises the risk.”

He also suggested British athletes could fly in to Brazil "as late as possible" as a precaution.

The British Olympic Association said it has no plans to change the venue.

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