Via The Guardian, a report from The Associated Press: Jason Day pulls out of Rio Olympics over Zika virus fears. Excerpt:
Jason Day has pulled out of the Olympics over fears of the Zika virus, costing golf its No1 player as it returns from a century-long absence at the Games.
The sport has now lost two of its biggest stars in the last week after Rory McIlroy, a four-times major champion, also said Zika will keep him from competing in Rio de Janeiro.
Day says 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 says while the risk is slight, it is not one he is willing to take because he plans to have more children.
“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,” Day said in a statement.
“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.”
McIlroy, who was due to represent Ireland in August, issued a statement last week announcing that he would make himself unavailable for selection because of the virus. He is planning to start a family with his fiancee, Erica Stoll.