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Monday, October 21, 2019

Jason Day skipping Olympics due to Zika concerns


The Rio Olympics have lost yet another top competitor to Zika virus concerns, as Jason Day announced on Tuesday that he will not be taking part.

Day, who is the top-ranked golfer in the world and was set to represent Australia, released a statement explaining that he does not want to put his family at risk.

The Zika virus is transmitted through mosquitoes and can cause serious birth defects and other complications. Fellow PGA golfer Rory McIlroy has made the same decision as Day, and more are sure to follow. One NBA player says he is considering freezing a sperm sample before he travels to Rio if he decides to represent his country in the Olympics.

Golf is returning to the Olympics this summer for the first time since 1904.

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