Zika Virus issue has made two more tennis stars pull out of Rio Olympics 2016. Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic and women's world no. five Simona Halep have decided not to participate in the upcoming Rio Games, citing Zika Virus their primary point of concern.
Raonic, who was the runner-up at the Wimbledon 2016 after he lost to Andy Murray in the final of the tournament few days ago, said that he took this decision with a heavy heart.
Raonic announced this news on his official Facebook page. Here's what he had to say to his fans:
"It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my withdrawal from participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. After much deliberation with my family and coaches, I am making this decision for a variety of health concerns including the uncertainty around the Zika virus."
"This was a difficult, personal choice and I do not wish for it to impact the decision of any other athlete heading to the Games. I would like to thank Tennis Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee for their ongoing support. I am very proud to have competed for Canada at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, and on the world stage at several Davis Cup events. I look forward to cheering on Team Canada this summer."
Halep too announced the news on her official Facebook page. She stated that she has had a number of discussions with her doctors and her family and she will not want to risk her career for just one Olympics. She is indeed scared of the Zika Virus and therefore she is opting to pull out of the Rio Olympics 2016.
So far, John Isner of the U.S., Dominic Thiem from Austria, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios from Australia and Feliciano Lopez from Spain, have all pulled out of Rio Olympics 2016 because of the Zika Virus concern.