WITH Australian superstars world No.1 golfer Jason Day and Olympic champion hurdler Sally Pearson the latest to have their names crossed off the list of those competing in the Games in Rio, the list of no-shows from Down Under and from around the world continues to grow.
Jason Day (Australia)
The world No.1 has cited fears about the Zika virus.
Adam Scott (Australia)
The world No.8 blamed a busy schedule for not going to Brazil.
Marc Leishman (Australia)
The third highest-ranked Aussie (no.39) is concerned about wife Audrey, who almost died from toxic shock syndrome in 2015. Doctors advised him not to travel.
Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)
The Zika virus has the world No.4 worried.
Vijay Singh (Fiji)
A combination of fears about Zika and a busy scheduling means the veteran will not travel.
Branden Grace (South Africa)
South Africa’s No.1 (and 12 overall) will stay at home due to Zika virus fears.
Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa)
Fellow South African and world No.14 will not be going to Rio because of a tough schedule.
Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)
Again, a busy schedule will keep the one-time major winner out of Rio.
Shane Lowry (Ireland)
Another worried about the Zika virus.
Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland)
His wife is due to give birth in September.
Nick Kyrgios (Australia)
He believes the Australian Olympic Committee treated him unfairly and unjustly.
Bernard Tomic (Australia)
A busy schedule and personal circumstances will see Tomic head to Mexico to play a tournament there instead.
Dominic Thiem (Austria)
The rising star did not want to give a reason.
John Isner (USA)
The big American blamed a busy schedule.
Feliciano Lopez (Spain)
The Spaniard said he was too busy to compete for his country.
Ben Simmons (Australia)
The No.1 NBA draft pick is taking time out ahead of his first NBA season.
Dante Exum (Australia)
The youngster is still recovering from knee reconstruction which forced him to miss the NBA season with Utah Jazz.
Steph Curry (USA)
The two-time reigning NBA MVP from the Golden State Warriors wants to recover from recent knee and ankle injuries.
Chris Paul (USA)
The LA Clippers point guard has cited general injuries.
Anthony Davis (USA)
The New Orleans Pelican has had recent knee surgery.
Blake Griffin (USA)
The LA Clippers power forward is nursing a quad injury.
LeBron James (USA)
Just taking a rest after partying with NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers.
Tejay van Garderen (USA)
With his wife pregnant, he didn’t want to risk “bringing anything back”.
Sally Pearson (Australia)
The reigning 100m hurdles champ has suffered a hamstring tear.
Wilson Kipsang (Kenya)
The bronze medallist in the marathon from London 2012 has blamed a busy schedule.
Dennis Kimetto (Kenya)
Like Kipsang, the marathon world record-holder has cited a busy schedule.