World number one golfer Jason Day pulls out of Olympics

The possibility of the 2016 Olympics in Rio holding later this year has continued to be threatened as world number one golfer Jason Day pulls out due to fears over Zika virus.
Jason Day
The 28-year-old Australian said while the risk is small, it is not one he is willing to take because of “potential risks to my wife’s future pregnancies”.
He added: “Competing at the Olympics has always been a major goal, but golf cannot take precedence over my family.”
Also, Northern Irish professional golfer Rory McIlroy withdrew himself from competing at the Rio Olympics as a result of the threat posed by the disease.
The PGA and European Tour member says he is unwilling to take the risk.
The McIlroy was the first major name to pull out of the Summer Olympic Games, with fellow golfers Vijay Singh and Marc Leishman also confirming their intention not to travel to Brazil for the start of the tournament in August where golf will make its Olympic return after a 112-year absence.
In a statement released on Wednesday, June 22, McIlroy announced that he will not participate at the Olympics due to the Zika virus, adding that his health and that of his family “comes before everything else.”
“Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take,” he added.
Zika virus is a disease that has been borne from mosquitoes and has been linked to brain defects among new-born babies, with Brazil one of the hardest hit countries.

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