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Jason Day has withdrawn from the Rio Olympics due to Zika virus. 

Published28 Jun 2016, 12:34 PM IST
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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.

(With inputs from AP)

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