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After Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy, Australian Jason Day is another golfer to decide not to participate in the event. Other top athletes have demonstrated concern about the outbreak of the disease.
The Australian golfer Jason Day, number one in the world rankings, announced this Tuesday (28/06) that does not participate in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, due to zika virus outbreak.
Day is another golfer from end to call off the event. Last week, the Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy, fourth in the world ranking, announced the same decision, also in virtue of zika.
“Experts have confirmed that compete in the river can cause hazard to the health of my family and to my. Ellie, my wife and I have been blessed with two wonderful children and healthy. Our plan is to have more, “said the athlete in a note.
Last year’s champion of the PGA Championship, one of the four major tournaments of the world tour of golf, the Aussie lamented not being able to fulfill a dream, the return of the sport to the Olympic Games after 112 years.
“It’s always been my great goal play in the games, to defend my country, but playing golf cannot be above the security of my family. I don’t want to take that risk, “he explained people have various concerns regarding the Zika virus and many will stay at home and watch the rio olympics online on their computers instead of venturing to Brazil because of those concerns .
The Spanish basketball player Pau Gasol and American soccer goalie Hope Solo also came to announce that they would not in the River, but later went back and confirmed their presence. The Olympic long jump champion, Briton Greg Rutherford, decided to freeze his sperm for fear of being infected by the virus.
In may, 150 scientists from several countries argued that the games be postponed or moved to another city due to zika. The Brazilian Government and the World Health Organization questioned the content of the letter and defended the event in Rio de Janeiro.