Milos Raonic cites Zika virus as he withdraws from Rio Olympics

Raonic made the “difficult, personal choice” with “a heavy heart,” he said in a statement


Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic won’t be participating in this summer’s Olympic Games.

The resident of Thornhill, Ont., announced Friday his decision not to participate in the Rio Games amid health concerns.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my withdrawal from participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” he said on his Facebook page. “After much deliberation with my family and coaches, I am making this decision for a variety of health concerns including the uncertainty around the Zika virus.

“This was a difficult, personal choice and I do not wish for it to impact the decision of any other athlete heading to the Games. I would like to thank Tennis Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee for their ongoing support. I am very proud to have competed for Canada at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, and on the world stage at several Davis Cup events. I look forward to cheering on Team Canada this summer.”

Raonic, ranked No. 7 in the world, isn’t the first high-profile athlete to withdraw from the Games amid concerns about the Zika virus.

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott were among a host of golfers to decide against competing because of health concerns.

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