MANY of the world’s best golfers are too frightened to compete in the Olympic games. Jason Day (pictured), the current world number one, dropped out this week, citing his fear of the Zika virus. Other golfing gazillionaires have also declined to take part, including Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Australia’s Adam Scott and South Africa’s Branden Grace. The world number two, Jordan Spieth, says he doesn’t yet know if he can make it.
Less pampered athletes have poured scorn on the pusillanimous pitch-and-putters. “It would take a lot more than Zika to stop me from going to Rio,” sniffed Cate Campbell, an Australian swimmer, to the Courier-Mail, a newspaper in Queensland.
Female golfers seem much less nervous. So far only one, Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa, has withdrawn. Since the main danger the Zika virus poses is to unborn children, and men are unlikely to become pregnant, some sports fans have concluded that male golfers are a bunch of wedge-wielding wusses.But is this fair? Although there is plenty of uncertainty about Zika, scientists think it can be transmitted via semen during sex. Mr Day and his...Continue reading