Golfer Dustin Johnson will not play in Olympics due to concerns about Zika virus.
DALLAS (AP) Golfer Dustin Johnson will not play in Olympics due to concerns about Zika virus.
In a statement released on Friday, Johnson explained the decision, which came one week after he said he inteded to represent the U.S. in Rio.
"As an athlete, I can think of no greater honor than representing the United States in the Olympic Games," read his statement, released by his agent, David Winkle of Hambric Sports Management. "However, after much careful consideration and discussion with both my family and my team, I have made the decision to withdraw from the 2016 Olympic Games.
"This was not an easy decision for me, but my concerns about the Zika Virus cannot be ignored. Paulina and I plan to have more children in the near future, and I feel it would be irresponsible to put myself, her or our family at risk. I believe I am making the right decision for me and most importantly, my family."