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Chaunte Lowe re­acts dur­ing the women’s high jump fi­nal dur­ing the 2016 US Olympic Track and Field team tri­als at Hay­ward Field on July 3 in Eu­gene, Ore­gon. HIDEKI Mat­suyama has added his name to the grow­ing list of golfers pulling out of the Sum­mer Olympics in Brazil be­cause of fears over the Zika virus.

The 24-year-old Ja­panese star is the sixth player ranked in the top 20 to with­draw. His de­ci­sion comes five days af­ter world num­ber-one Ja­son Day pulled out and al­most two weeks af­ter North­ern Ire­land’s Rory McIl­roy said he wouldn’t be go­ing to the Rio Games which be­gin Au­gust 5.

“I can­not be 100 per­cent sure about my safety, and my team’s safety, from the Zika virus,” Mat­suyama said in a state­ment.

Mat­suyama, who posted his sec­ond ca­reer USPGA Tour win ear­lier this year, shot a fi­nal-round 67 to fin­ish tied for 42nd at the WGC-Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional on July 3.

“Al­though I am ex­cited that golf is re­turn­ing to the Olympics and I re­alise that my po­ten­tial suc­cess would help grow the game in Ja­pan, I have come to the con­clu­sion that I can­not put my­self or my team mem­bers’ health at risk.

“I have been get­ting in­for­ma­tion from all the con­cerned par­ties as well as my doc­tors about the sit­u­a­tion in Rio.”

Mat­suyama added he of­ten has strong re­ac­tions to in­sect bites.

The men’s Olympic golf tour­na­ment runs from Au­gust 11 to 14. –

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