Jason Day To Skip Rio Olympics Over Zika Concern

Nathaniel Reeves - Author

Jun. 28 2016, Updated 2:08 p.m. ET

The inclusion of golf in the Olympics for the first time in 112 years led to plenty of excitement from fans of the sport across the world. However, growing concerns about the Rio Olympics just over a month out are damaging the competition.

Australian golfer Jason Day announced he would not be participating in the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, becoming the latest in a long list of athletes to withdraw from the competition, according to the Associated Press via ESPN. Like so many others, Day cited growing concerns over the Zika virus, particularly in relation to his wife’s future pregnancies.

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Six golfers have now withdrawn from the competition, with Ireland’s Shane Lowry joining Day on Tuesday. The biggest name of those six is Rory McIlroy, as the New York Times reported last week that the superstar would not be participating in Rio.


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