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Athletes not Attending Rio Olympics 2016

While there are sportspersons who have jostled in their best efforts to qualify for the upcoming Rio Olympics 2016, others - including notable, famous players - have pronounced to withdraw their names from the Summer Games, leaving very little for the second largest city in Brazil to attract tourists and fans. With health risks associated with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, polluted waters, high crime rates and terrorism, traffic, civil unrest and a president under pressure, Rio could well be on a level dissimilar to any host city in the past.

According the recent Government figures, the country's economy - the largest in Latin America - was seen toppling in the first quarter of the year. The only silver lining being that the downfall was gentler than expected. The unprecedented political and economic turmoil and nimble spread of Zika virus also led the officials and players' doctors to suggest moving or postponing the games to another location but in vain. The indomitable spirit of Brazil is noteworthy, though, as it held on and is still fighting on to see the games through.

Here's a look at some of the players who have opted out of Rio 2016 Olympics:

NBA star Stephen Curry

Citing his recent ankle and knee injury as the key reason behind backing off from the Rio 2016 Olympics, NBA star Steph Curry could have been a prime attraction at the Rio Games. Undoubtedly, without Curry, Team USA's Olympic victories would face an unexpected downfall.

Tejay van Garderen

American cyclist Tejay van Garderen was the first US athlete to withdraw his name from Rio 2016 Olympics. Quoting his concerns about the Zika virus and its potential effects on his pregnant wife, Garderen had settled quashing his chances to winning a medal at the games. The two-time winner of the USA Pro Challenge was considered as a strong contender in the Men's Olympic road race.

Jordan Spieth

World's No.3 golfer, Jordan Spieth has also decided to refrain from playing for the US in the Summer Olympics, scheduled to begin from 5 August, 2016. Quoting security, the Zika virus and political unrest in Brazil as his concerns, Spieth has indeed broken the hearts of numerous American golf fans.

The absence of these and many more renowned athletes from the Rio 2016 Games would be felt the most, both by the organizers as well the Olympic enthusiasts.


S.R. No.NameCountry
1Jason DayAustralia
2Dustin JohnsonUnited States
3Jordan SpiethUnited States
4Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland
5Adam ScottAustralia
6Branden GraceSouth Africa
7Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa
8Hideki MatsuyamaJapan
9Charl SchwartzelSouth Africa
10Marc LeishmanAustralia
11K.T. KimSouth Korea
12Francesco MolinariItaly
13Hideto TaniharaJapan
14Graeme McDowellNorthern Ireland
15Victor DubuissonFrance
16Matt JonesAustralia
17Miguel Angel JimenezSpain
18Vijay SinghFiji
19Camilo VillegasColombia
20Brendon de JongeZimbabwe
21Angelo QuePhilippines
22Tim WilkinsonNew Zealand


S.R. No.NameCountry
1Nick KyrgiosAustralia
3John IsnerUnited States
4Feliciano LopezSpan
5Bernard TomicAustralia


S.R. No.NameCountry
1Steph CurryUnited States
2Chris PaulUnited States
3Anthony DavisUnited States
4Blake GriffinUnited States


S.R. No.Name Country
1Tejay van GarderenUnited States


S.R. No.NameCountry
1Wilson KipsangKenyan
2Dennis KimettoKenya

Last updated on: July 13, 2016