Vijay Singh to bypass Olympics in Rio due to Zika virus
Last Updated: 13/04/16 5:59pm
Vijay Singh has revealed he will miss the golf tournament at this summer's Rio Olympics due to the Zika virus.
The Fijian wants to continue to work on his game on the PGA Tour rather than head to Brazil as golf returns to the Games.
"I would like to play the Olympics, but the Zika virus, you know..." said former world No 1 Singh.
"I feel bad. I wanted to play and finally decided against it. It's in the middle of the Tour over here and I'm trying to figure out my game."
Zika, transmitted by mosquitoes, is spreading rapidly in the Americas, according to the World Health Organisation.
Much about the virus remains unknown, including whether it actually causes microcephaly in babies. Recent health ministry figures put the number of confirmed and suspected cases of microcephaly in Brazil associated with Zika at about 5,200.
Several US athletes said in March they had concerns about the virus, and would monitor the situation ahead of the Games.
The Rio Olympics takes place from August. 5 to August 21.