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Top golfer pulls out of Rio Olympics, citing Zika concerns

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 11:40 AM
In this June 3, 2016, file photo, Jason Day, of Australia, tees off on the 14th hole during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

World number one golfer Jason Day has withdrawn from the Rio Olympics because of concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus.

The 28-year-old Australian says while the risk is small, it is not one he is willing to take because of potential risks to his wife's future pregnancies.

Day says competing at the Olympics has always been a major goal, but golf cannot take precedence over his family.

Day is the sixth high-profile player to pull out because of concerns over Zika, following fellow Australian Marc Leishman, Fiji's Vijay Singh, South Africa's Branden Grace and Northern Ireland pair Rory McIlory and Graeme McDowell.

World number four McIlroy's decision was already a blow to a sport which will be making a return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence.