SYDNEY Golfer Marc Leishman pronounced on Thursday he has cold his candidacy for a Rio Olympics, citing a Zika pathogen and health concerns for his wife, apropos a initial Australian contestant to repel over a mosquito-borne virus.
Leishman, Australia’s series 3 golfer, was initial in a competition to validate for Rio alongside compatriot and universe series one Jason Day after former U.S. Masters champion Adam Scott ruled himself out of a contest final month.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) reliable universe series 35 Leishman had turn a initial impending Australian Olympian to repel from Rio over a Zika virus. There is a clever systematic accord that Zika can means microcephaly in baby babies as good as Guillain-Barre syndrome in adults.
Leishman’s mother Audrey suffered poisonous startle syndrome, a potentially deadly illness caused by bacterial infection, in Apr final year and was still recovering, a 32-year-old golfer pronounced in a matter expelled on Wednesday U.S.-time.
“Since afterwards Audrey has been disposed to infection and is distant private from 100 per cent liberation of her defence system,” pronounced Leishman, a title-winner on a U.S. PGA Tour.
“We have consulted with Audrey’s medicine and due to her ongoing liberation from poisonous startle and intensity risks compared with a delivery of a Zika virus, it was a formidable nonetheless easy preference not to participate,” he said.
Zika has been associated with a birth forsake microcephaly that has been unconditional by South and Central America and a Caribbean and creation a approach north to a United States.
The tie between Zika and microcephaly came to light final tumble in Brazil, that has now reliable some-more than 1,100 cases of microcephaly that it considers to be associated to Zika infections in a mothers.
The AOC pronounced it reputable Leishman’s decision.
“We know that family contingency always come initial and we honour Marc’s preference not to play in Rio,” group cook de goal Kitty Chiller pronounced in a statement.
Leishman missed final year’s U.S. Masters to be by his wife’s side when she was given usually a 5 percent possibility of survival.
The 2009 PGA Tour rookie-of-the-year returned to a diversion after a extensive deficiency and went within one putt of winning a British Open.
Last month, Fiji’s Vijay Singh, a three-times vital winner, also pronounced he would skip Rio due to concerns about Zika.
World series 7 Scott also announced his preference to side-step a Olympics final month, nonetheless his preference was formed on a skip of seductiveness in a tournament’s format and a wish to take a mangle with family after a bustling summer schedule.
Louis Oosthuizen and associate major-winning South African Charl Schwartzel will also skip a contest in Rio, where golf earnings for a initial time in 112 years.
Tournament entrants will be finalised on Jul 11, formed on universe rankings.
Marcus Fraser, ranked 63rd, is now initial in a competition in Australia to join Day, who is reliable for a contest and eager about personification in Rio.
“I would be respected to contest in Rio should we validate for a team,” Fraser pronounced in a content summary sent to Reuters.
“While we know a decisions of my associate Aussie golfers for me it would be a good knowledge to be a partial of.”
The Rio Olympics take place from Aug. 5-21.
(Reporting by Byron Kaye in SYDNEY and Ben Everill in LOS ANGELES; Writing by Ian Ransom; Editing by Paul Tait)