Zika Virus Claims Another Olympic Victim!

Zika Virus Claims Another Olympic Victim!

The Zika virus has claimed another Olympic victim. One of sports’ most recognizable names has been added to the list of athletes choosing not to participate in the games over health concerns.

The latest Olympic casualty is golfer Rory McIlroy. Fearful of the possibility of he or his family contracting the virus, he has announced that he will not be taking part in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take,” McIlroy explained. “My health and my family’s health comes before everything else.”

Golfer Rory McIlroy photo: golgrinder

Golfer Rory McIlroy                                                                                photo: golfgrinder

He is not the first athlete to make this decision. At least five other top players have opted out. Vijay Singh, Mark Leishman, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, and Adam Scott have all cited the risk of Zika as their reason for not playing in this year’s Olympics. And that’s just in the sport of golf.

Cyclist Tejay Van Garderen has also decided to forgo the games this year. Van Garderen’s wife is pregnant and he is unwilling to play the odds with his unborn child’s health. “I don’t want to take any chances,” Van Garderen stated. “If anything were to happen, I couldn’t live with myself.”

 The list of popular personalities shying away from Rio this summer isn’t exclusive to sports figures. Today anchor Savannah Guthrie is currently pregnant with her second child. Due to the risks, Guthrie will not be covering the Olympics this year.
There have been calls to cancel the games all together. The Zika virus isn’t the only reason, either. Brazil’s economy is falling to pieces. The President is fighting impeachment. Sewage levels in the water that athletes will be competing in are dangerously high. A venue built for the Olympic biking events has already collapsed and claimed two lives. The Brazilian police have been accused of human rights violations.
As it stands, the games will go on. They will, however, go on without some of the best competitors the world has to offer.
source: NESN