Athletes Not Attending 2016 Summer Olympics
Posted: July 15, 2016
The top four golfers in the world will not be attending the Olympics this year in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. That list includes Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rory MciIroy. Each of the athletes said they are nervous about the Zika virus and security and safety concerns. While each of the athletes have the right to not go to the Olympics, it is troubling for the golfing community that these guys will not be participating in the Olympics, which has not had golf as a sporting event since 1904.
Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. People can also get Zika through sex with an infected man, and the virus can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. People usually don't get sick enough to go to the hospital from Zika and they very rarely die of the disease.
Zika was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. In 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected and since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.
In addition to the four golfers noted, Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin of the National Basketball Association are also not attending to take part in the basketball experience of the Olympics. Let's hope that there are not more defections at the Summer Games of the Olympics that get started on August 6th.
RANDOM THOUGHT: I have spent a lot of time watching Olympic qualifying. I enjoy it because it helps show the audience more about the individual athletes and their stories. I have especially enjoyed the ladies' gymnastics qualifying. The women's team includes Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman. The floor exercise, the balance beam, the uneven bars and the vault interest me because I can't even do a cartwheel without falling down. The men in gymnastics have six events to qualify.
The best part about Olympic qualifying are the back-stories that accompany the athletes. To me, it's truly remarkable what these athletes go through to get to the Olympics. Whether it be track and field, basketball, gymnastics or any other sport, it is interesting to me to see how much work goes into training for the Olympics.