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It's Not Just Golfers Who Are Pulling Out Of The Olympics Because Of Zika

Conor O'Leary
By Conor O'Leary
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Rory McIlroy created a big controversy for pulling out of the Olympics citing his concerns about Zika. He wasn't the first golfer to do it, nor was he the last. Jason Day, Graeme McDowell, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, and Shane Lowry won't be in Rio and people aren't happy.

Until yesterday, it was only golfers who had been pulling out of going to Brazil because of Zika - but now two tennis stars have helped the golfers by withdrawing.


Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic and 2014 French Open finalist Simona Halep were the first two tennis players to withdraw citing Zika concerns. It was all very quiet, and not many people said very much about it.

Indeed Raonic himself didn't say much about it:

I am making this decision for a variety of health concerns including the uncertainty around Zika.

Of course, tennis is an established Olympic sport - it isn't facing the same challenges as golf in it's premier event. But still.

Is it only Rory who gets criticised? Seems harsh.


See Also: It's Time For All The Bullshit Around Rory McIlroy To End Once And For All


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