23 June 2016
Australian golfer, Jason Day who is currently world’s number one golfer has said that he would have to discuss his participation in the Rio Olympics holding in August with his family before he comes to a final decision.
Jason Day will be talking to his family about the risks of Zika Virus.
Rory McIlroy is the latest high-profile athlete to opt out of the event. He said he opted out of the Games over concerns about Zika Virus.
Jason Day, sympathising with Rory’s withdrawal said: “I respect his decision because obviously it’s a tough one going from trying to represent your country and trying to win a gold medal, but also understanding that it’s a life decision that you have to make just in case, there’s a small percentage that [contracting the Zika virus will] happen.”
The 28-year-old golfer who has two young kids went on to disclose that he has decided to discuss with his family before coming to a final decision.
The world number one said: “family for me is priority number one. I’ve got to make sure they’re happy, then probably I’ll make the decision.”
Other athletes who have pulled out because of the Zika threat include Fiji’s Vijay Singh and Australia’s Marc Leishman.
In light of the many concerns so far expressed, the World Health Organization insists there is a “very low risk” of the Zika virus spreading globally as a result of holding the Olympics in Brazil.
Despite this reassurance, the number of players to attend has plummeted over concerns about Brazil’s insecurity, political instability and the ever-spreading Zika virus.