So much for golf's triumphant return to Olympics

So much for golf's triumphant return to Olympics

Golf is guaranteed a spot in the Olympics only through the 2020 Tokyo Games. "My concerns about the Zika virus", which can cause serious birth defects, "can't be ignored".

He said NBC is "cautiously optimistic" most or all will go well, but one concern he pointed to is the dirty water in the bay where the sailing is to be held.

"The Olympics is the premier event when it comes down to a lot of different sports".

"I think there has been an overreaction to the Zika situation".

Forty-four first-time Olympians were named in Jamaica's 63-member contingent that was yesterday announced for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) outlined the country's largest ever delegation to the Olympics.

Peter Dawson accused the world's top four of "overreacting" to the threat of the Zika virus as Jordan Spieth joined Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy in withdrawing from golf's reintroduction to the Olympics next month.

"It's certainly disappointing that we've had so many withdrawals on the men's side, and wonderful that all of the women have been very supportive", Dawson said. Whether there's been a sea change in opinion, I don't actually think so. This year, viewers will need to wait only an hour.

Organisers were also confident sailors and rowers will compete in relatively clean water in Guanabara Bay and Lagoa de Freitas which have both recorded unsafe levels of pollution, including raw sewage, garbage and human remains. "We're keeping an eye on it". However, despite the Zika danger, those words seem extremely hollow now with the game fighting for its credibility as an Olympic sport.

"All of those things have always worked themselves through", he said.

"It's been a year that we've been preparing for this".

The Olympic qualifying procedure has now been completed and the finalisation of those who have earned their right to play in Rio now only up to the respective country's Olympic committees to rubber stamp which would seem to be a mere formality.

Lazarus said every athletic event will be streamed live.

"I actually think we're going to set a record, beat the London record, because this is a live Olympics, swimming, all the finest are swimming, track and field, volleyball and gymnastics will be live at night on the East Coast in prime time, which will add a level of drama", Burke said at the time.

For Nicolas Batum and France, winning the Manila OQT is just one small step to their Rio Olympics goal.

And the pair of Olympic Games will take place during the winter months of August and September, when the drier, cooler climate that reduces the presence of mosquitoes and the risk of infection.

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