10 athletes refused to attend the 2016 Olympics because of Zika
Rio 2016 Olympic missed many famous sports athletes of world sports because of concerns surrounding Zika epidemic, causing neonatal brain atrophy. That disease is really very dangerous, and Brazil is one of the places are having serious problems with Zika virus. Not surprisingly, when the following athletes have refused to attend Olympic worried for their health:
1. Rory McIlroy (Golf – Northern Ireland)
For the first time since 1904, golf was included in the list of events at the Olympics, but a lot of the world’s top golfer has decided not to attend for fear Zika virus. Rory McIlroy is one of them. World No 4 golfer refused to Rio after discussions with health professionals.
2. Stephen Curry (Basketball – USA)
Steph Curry is one of the most regrettable absence at Rio Olympics. Best NBA star two last season does not refer specifically to the concerns from the Zika virus, but it is also one of the reasons that he is not indifferent to conquer the gold medal Summer Olympics. “For several reasons, including the ankle and knee, I will not go to the Olympics with the US team.”
3. Jordan Spieth (Golf – USA)
Like his colleague Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth rejected Rio Olympics even before he was longing compete in wearing USA. 22-year-old star to make a decision during a press conference on the sidelines of The Open, 3rd major prize in world golf.
4. Tomas Berdych (Tennis – Czech Republic)
He has shared on Twitter that sincerely apologize when unable to attend the Rio 2016 Olympic fearing Zika virus. This is a tough decision and he has been thoroughly discussed with his family.
5. Simona Halep (Tennis – Romania)
2014 Roland Garros runner-up is one of the few female players decided not to attend the Rio Olympics. She revealed the reasons on personal Facebook account. “Family is my number one priority. I do not want to face the risk after retiring and starting a family.”
6. Jason Day (Golf – Australia)
World No. 1 Golfer statement did not compete in the Olympics after discussions with medical experts. “Although the Zika virus risk is very low , I still could not risk the health of myselves and my families.” Jason Day and wife Ellie plans to welcome another little angel next year.
7. Milos Raonic (Tennis – Canada)
Shortly after reaching Wimbledon finalist, Milos Raonic admitted will not attend the Olympic Games in Rio summer fearing Zika virus. Previously, these players like Dominic Thiem fame, John Isner, Feliciano Lopez, Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic also declared absent for various reasons.
8. Dustin Johnson (Golf – USA)
With the abscent of world’s No. 2 golfer in Olympic Games in Rio, both 4 leading golfers will be absent at the Summer Olympics on Brazilianl for fear Zika virus infection risk.
9. Tejay van Garderen (Cycling – USA)
Biker Tejay van Garderen decided not to attend 2016 Olympic quickly due to concern its can be harmful to his pregnant wife Jessica.
10. Vijay Singh (Golf – Fiji)
Former world No. 1 golfer is one of the first athletes publicly declared the Olympics in Rio in 2016 because of concerns Zika virus.