A number of athletes withdrawing from the Rio Olympics is increasing in South Africa due to the Zika Virus which has hit Brazil.
As the days are getting closer to August, three top South African golfers have withdrawn from competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.
The South African top ranked women’s golfer, Lee-Anne Pace has also withdrawn from the Rio Olympics due concerns over the Zika Virus.
The golfer has followed in the footsteps of other golfers including, Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen who withdrew from the Olympics few weeks ago, Zika Virus being the reason behind their pulling out.
Pace said she wanted to participate but due to the situation in Brazil, she has weighed up her options and decided to withdraw due to health concerns.
“I was willing to participate at the Olympics and be part of the South African Olympic team, however in recent months the situation hasn’t been good in Brazil, therefore I have decided not to participate”, said Pace.
Pace further said that she has informed the South African Golf Association, Sunshine Ladies Tour, Olympic Committee and South African Sports Confederation to withdraw her name from the Southern African Olympic Golf Team for Rio.
In May, 2016, more than 100 scientists wrote a letter to World Health Organisations to postpone or move the Olympic Games because of public health. But the WHO said Zika can be prevented in Rio if the public will follow the right health procedures.
Zika Virus is an illness caused by Aedes mosquito and in most cases has no symptoms, but when present they are usually mild and can resemble fever.