Summer Olympics: Jordan Spieth and Lindsey Vonn Are the Latest to Skip Rio Over Zika
Jordan Spieth is one of the latest athletes to skip out of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio
In recent weeks, the world’s top four male golfers have dropped out of the games, including Dustin Johnson, who told ESPN that he and fiancée Paulina Gretzky plan to expand their family and don’t want to risk being susceptible to the virus.
Of the 60 male golfers invited to Rio, 21 have already dropped out amid the link between Zika and the microcephaly birth defect, which can lead to a number of different conditions in babies. Zika can be sexually transmitted as well, which also makes it a concern for men who are planning families.
And Today‘s Savannah Guthrie, who is pregnant with a second child, will not travel to Rio.
The Games’ opening ceremony takes place Aug. 5
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