List of athletes not attending Rio Olympics due to Zika virus concerns

A number of sportspeople eligible for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro stated that they would not attend because of the ongoing Zika virus epidemic in Brazil. In the case of golf and tennis, media speculated that some absentees were unenthusiastic about competing in any case and used Zika as a convenient excuse.[1][2]

TableEdit

Sport Athlete Nat Ref
Cycling Tejay van Garderen   [3]
Golf Jason Day   [4]
Golf Branden Grace   [5]
Golf Dustin Johnson   [6]
Golf Shane Lowry   [7]
Golf Rory McIlroy  [n 1] [10]
Golf Marc Leishman   [11]
Golf Charl Schwartzel   [12]
Golf Angelo Que   [13]
Golf Vijay Singh   [14]
Golf Jordan Spieth   [15]
Golf Graeme McDowell   [16]
Tennis Milos Raonic   [17]
Tennis Tomas Berdych   [18]
Tennis Alexandr Dolgopolov   [19]
Tennis Bob & Mike Bryan   [20]
Tennis Simona Halep   [18]
Tennis Karolína Plíšková   [21]

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ McIlroy is from Northern Ireland and eligible for both the Ireland and Great Britain teams; in 2014 he had opted for Ireland.[8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rio 2016: Are tennis players using Zika as an excuse?". CNN. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ Reuters (2 August 2016). "Olympics-Golf-Zika an excuse for top ranked players, says Van Zyl". Yahoo!. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  3. ^ Reuters (2 June 2016), "USA cyclist Tejay van Garderen withdraws from Olympics over Zika virus", theguardian.com, retrieved 31 July 2016
  4. ^ Phippen, J. Weston, "The Athletes Saying No to the Olympics Over Zika", theatlantic.com, retrieved 31 July 2016
  5. ^ "Branden Grace joins Olympics absentees due to Zika virus". Sky Sports. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Dustin Johnson out of Olympics, citing Zika", go.com, retrieved 31 July 2016
  7. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Shane Lowry pulls out over Zika fears", bbc.co.uk, retrieved 31 July 2016
  8. ^ "No surprises as Ireland's Rio golf team confirmed". RTÉ.ie. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  9. ^ "McIlroy opts for Ireland at 2016 Olympics". RTÉ.ie. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Rory McIlroy pulls out of Rio Olympics due to Zika virus fears", graph.co.uk, retrieved 31 July 2016[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Marc Leishman Pulls Out of Olympic Golf Consideration Due to Zika Virus Threat". golf.com.
  12. ^ "Charl Schwartzel says Zika kept him out of Rio Olympics; Jason Day wary", indianexpress.com, 4 June 2016, retrieved 31 July 2016
  13. ^ ABC News, ABC News, retrieved 31 July 2016
  14. ^ Vijay to skip Games citing Zika fears, 13 April 2016, retrieved 31 July 2016 – via Reuters
  15. ^ Murray, Ewan (11 July 2016), "Jordan Spieth's Rio Olympics refusal sparks claim of Zika 'overreaction'", theguardian.com, retrieved 31 July 2016
  16. ^ Mackay, Hamish (23 June 2016). "Graeme McDowell joins McIlroy in pulling out of Rio Olympics due to Zika virus". irishmirror. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Milos Raonic withdraws from Rio Olympics citing 'variety of health concerns'". nationalpost.com.
  18. ^ a b "Top tennis trio withdraw from Rio 2016 tennis tournament due to Zika", insidethegames.biz, retrieved 31 July 2016[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ http://14.4news.info/alexander-dolgopolov-refused-to-participate-in-the-olympics-for-fear-of-contracting-the-virus-zika/[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Rio Olympics: Bryan brothers pull out of Olympic Games citing concerns over Zika virus", india.com, 31 July 2016, retrieved 31 July 2016
  21. ^ "RIO OLYMPICS - Karolina Pliskova Withdraws due to Zika", tennisworldusa.org, retrieved 31 July 2016