Jason Day, the Latest to Drop Out of Olympics Over Zika Concerns

Jason Day, the world's number one golfer, has decided to skip the 2016 Olympics in Rio, citing the concerns over the Zika virus. Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty

Jason Day, the world’s number one-ranked professional golfer, has announced on Twitter that he will not participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, citing concerns over the Zika virus.

Day’s statement is as follows: “It is with deep regret I announce that I will not be competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games this coming August in Rio de Janeiro. The reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it may present to my wife’s future pregnancies and to future members of our family. I have always placed my family in front of everything else in my life. Medical experts have confirmed that while perhaps slight, a decision to compete in Rio absolutely comes with health risks to me and to my family. My wife Ellie and I have been blessed with two wonderful and healthy children and our plan is to have more. While it has always been a major goal to compete in the Olympics on behalf of my country, playing golf cannot take precedent over the safety of our family. Will not place them at risk. I have informed Coach Ian Baker-Finch and Stephen Pitt, the CEO of Golf Australia, of my difficult decision. I hope all golf and Olympics fans respect and understand my position. In closing, I would like to thank all of those who have supported me throughout my career and extend my best wishes to all participants. Especially the entire Australian Olympic Team as they pursue their dreams in Rio de Janeiro.”

Day’s decision comes on the heels of similar announcements from fellow Aussie’s Adam Scott (OWGR No. 2) and Marc Leishman (No. 39), as well as Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

Here’s a full list of golfers (Via CBS Sports) who’ve confirmed they will skip the Rio Summer Games.

SOURCE: CBS Golf | Jason Day Twitter | Getty Images


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