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Zika Scares Stars Away From Rio Olympics

Other Sports | News18.com | July 19, 2016, 12:38 pm
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Wimbledon 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic was the first leading tennis player to pull out of the Rio Olympics because of 'uncertainty' over the Zika virus. The World No. 7 withdrew from Canada's team on July 15. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Wimbledon 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic was the first leading tennis player to pull out of the Rio Olympics because of 'uncertainty' over the Zika virus. The World No. 7 withdrew from Canada's team on July 15. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Former World No. 1 Vijay Singh, nicknamed as 'The Big Fijian' is one of the World's top golfer who has withdrawn his participation from Rio 2016 due to Zika virus. Although golf is making a return to the Games for the first time since 1904, many of its stars preferred to stay away. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Former World No. 1 Vijay Singh, nicknamed as 'The Big Fijian' is one of the World's top golfer who has withdrawn his participation from Rio 2016 due to Zika virus. Although golf is making a return to the Games for the first time since 1904, many of its stars preferred to stay away. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Cyclist Tejay van Garderen of the United States of America said that he and his wife are expecting their second child, and his participation in the Games will increase the risk of a possible Zika infection. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Cyclist Tejay van Garderen of the United States of America said that he and his wife are expecting their second child, and his participation in the Games will increase the risk of a possible Zika infection. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Shane Lowry took twitter to announce his decision, said he cant put his family's health at risk by travelling to Rio. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Shane Lowry took twitter to announce his decision, said he cant put his family's health at risk by travelling to Rio. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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World number five Simona Halep dealt the Olympics tennis tournament a blow when she took social media site Facebook to anounce her withdrawl from the sport due to Zika. Halep, the 2014 French Open runner-up, said she too was concerned over the Zika virus and did not want to damage her hopes of having a family when she retires from playing. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

World number five Simona Halep dealt the Olympics tennis tournament a blow when she took social media site Facebook to anounce her withdrawl from the sport due to Zika. Halep, the 2014 French Open runner-up, said she too was concerned over the Zika virus and did not want to damage her hopes of having a family when she retires from playing. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Former World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, joined the growing list of players who decided to stay away from Olympics on June 22. The 27-year old golfer, cited his concern over the virus that causes temporary paralysis in adults. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Former World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, joined the growing list of players who decided to stay away from Olympics on June 22. The 27-year old golfer, cited his concern over the virus that causes temporary paralysis in adults. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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World no. 17 Karolina Pliskova joined the list of players who opted out of the Games due to Zika threat. Her decision came just a day after stars like - Milos Raonic & Simona Halep choose not to play at the Olympics. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

World no. 17 Karolina Pliskova joined the list of players who opted out of the Games due to Zika threat. Her decision came just a day after stars like - Milos Raonic & Simona Halep choose not to play at the Olympics. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Australian golfer Marcu Leishman, joined the list of leading golfers withdrawing from the Games due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. His concern isn't about the schedule, though, or his feelings on golf's return to the Olympics after 112 years. Leishman's wife, Audrey, nearly died last year from toxic shock syndrome. After consulting with doctors, the No. 35-ranked Leishman decided he couldn't risk the trip to Brazil. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Australian golfer Marcu Leishman, joined the list of leading golfers withdrawing from the Games due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. His concern isn't about the schedule, though, or his feelings on golf's return to the Olympics after 112 years. Leishman's wife, Audrey, nearly died last year from toxic shock syndrome. After consulting with doctors, the No. 35-ranked Leishman decided he couldn't risk the trip to Brazil. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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World no. 8 Tomas Berdych joined the growing band of players pulling out of the Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus. Their decision came just a day after Milos Raonic and Simona Halep over similar health scare. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

World no. 8 Tomas Berdych joined the growing band of players pulling out of the Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus. Their decision came just a day after Milos Raonic and Simona Halep over similar health scare. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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World No. 1 Jason Day's decision to skip the Games was a big blow for the Golf tournament at Rio. The 28-year old said he cant risk his family's health and preferred not to travel to Brazil. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

World No. 1 Jason Day's decision to skip the Games was a big blow for the Golf tournament at Rio. The 28-year old said he cant risk his family's health and preferred not to travel to Brazil. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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World number three Jordan Spieth was the latest name added to the list of golfers who pulled out of the Olympics. American Spieth's withdrawal means the Olympic golf tournament will be without the world's top four players. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

World number three Jordan Spieth was the latest name added to the list of golfers who pulled out of the Olympics. American Spieth's withdrawal means the Olympic golf tournament will be without the world's top four players. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)