US Open champion Dustin Johnson has become the latest high profile golfer to withdraw from this summers Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus.
Several players including world number one Jason Day and four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy have already pulled out of Rio 2016 citing worries over the virus and Johnson has become the first American to do so. Johnson said the following in relation to his decision:
“As an athlete, I can think of no greater honor than representing the United States in the Olympic Games.However, after much careful consideration and discussion with both my family and my team, I have made the decision to withdraw from the 2016 Olympic Games.This was not an easy decision for me, but my concerns about the Zika virus cannot be ignored. Paulina (Gretzky, Johnson’s fiancee) and I plan to have more children in the near future, and I feel it would be irresponsible to put myself, her or our family at risk.
I believe I am making the right decision for me and most importantly my family.While I am sure some will be critical of my decision, my hope is that most will understand and support it. That being said, those who choose to compete in Rio certainly have my respect and best wishes for an unforgettable and safe experience.”
While the list of withdrawals continues to grow their was a boost for the games this week when Spaniard Sergio Garcia confirmed he would represent his country in Rio.