Jason Day blames Zika for his decision to withdraw from Rio

Jason Day is the latest high-profile to pull out of the Rio Olympics.

The Beaudesert local has indicated that he is not willing to put his family at risk by travelling to the region affected by the Zika virus.

He Tweeted “it is with deep regret I announce that I will not be competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games this coming August in Rio de Janeiro”.


“The reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it may present to my wife’s future pregnancies and to future members of our family.

“I have always placed my family in front of everything else in my life … My wife Ellie and I have been blessed with two wonderful and healthy children and our plan is to have more.”

Day added that “while it has always been a major goal to compete in the Olympics on behalf of my country, playing golf cannot take precedent over the safety of our family”.

It comes after fellow Australian Marc Leishman, Northern Irish pair Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, Fiji’s Vijay Singh and South Africa’s Branden Grace also announced that they wouldn’t be making themselves available.