World Number 1 Golfer Jason Day Pulls Out of Olympics Due to Zika
Jason Day has withdrawn from the Rio Olympics due to Zika virus.
Australian golfer Jason Day will not be going to the Olympics because of the Zika virus, costing golf its number one player as it returns from a century-long absence at the games.
The sport has lost two of its biggest stars in the last week. Rory McIlroy, a four-time major champion, also said Zika will keep him from competing in Rio de Janeiro.
Day said his only reason for not going is concern over transmission of the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects. The 28-year-old Australian added, while the risk is slight, it’s not one he is willing to take because he plans to have more children.
The 28-year-old is the fifth golfer to specifically cite Zika for not going to Rio. Four other golfers have turned down their chance to play.
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