Wil­lett plan­ning to com­pete at Olympics

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Mas­ters win­ner Danny Wil­lett says he is will­ing to “risk” a trip to Brazil to com­pete at the Rio Olympics in Au­gust.

Sev­eral of the sport’s top play­ers, in­clud­ing world num­ber one Ja­son Day and Rory McIl­roy have with­drawn be­cause of con­cerns over the Zika virus.

McIl­roy also said last week the Games were not the “pin­na­cle” for golfers.

But English­man Wil­lett told BBC Sport: “For the sake of one week out of ev­ery four years, I feel it’s a risk I’m po­ten­tially will­ing to take.”

The Zika virus, which is mos­quito-borne, has been linked to de­fects in new­born ba­bies and has led to calls that the Games should be moved from Rio.

Fe­male ten­nis player Si­mona Halep has said she is still un­de­cided about whether she will com­pete at the Olympics.

“It’s not easy to take the de­ci­sion,” the Ro­ma­nian, who is through to the quar­ter-fi­nals of Wim­ble­don, told BBC World Ser­vice.

“I am very wor­ried about the Zika virus. I am plan­ning to go, but I am 50-50. It’s very dan­ger­ous and it’s scary for me.

“I spoke al­ready with my doc­tors at home and I will do more re­search. My health is more im­por­tant than ten­nis.”

Olympic chiefs and the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion have is­sued guid­ance for ath­letes and vis­i­tors to Rio and say the risk of catch­ing Zika is low.

Danny Wil­lett

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