Halep decides to withdraw from Rio

Ross Houston
July 21, 2016

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes confirmed that security would be beefed up for Olympic delegations of countries that were recently targeted, without providing further detail.

Raonic and Halep joined a growing list of athletes to have pulled out of the Rio Games over health concerns triggered by the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, including a number of high-profile male golfers.

Jungmann said he regretted the restrictions on movement likely to be caused in Rio by the possible increase of security checkpoints throughout the Olympics host city during the August 5-21 games.

The Canadian world number seven said he had taken this decision "with a heavy heart" and after "much deliberation with my family and coaches" over a variety of health concerns including the Zika virus, Sport24 reported. Family is much too important for me and I cant risk not being able to have one of my own after my career in tennis is over.”.

Raonic, 25, was beaten in Sunday's Wimbledon final by Andy Murray.

Elsewhere, Nick Kyrgios has opted not to compete in the Rio tennis tournament due to a dispute with the Australian Olympic Committee, while Austria's Dominic Thiem and American John Isner have stated they will pursue ranking points rather than compete in Rio.

Outside of golf and now tennis, American cyclist TJ Van Garderen has withdrawn citing the Zika virus.

The only other unexpected announcement Friday came from sixth-ranked Victoria Azarenka, who posted on Twitter just as the Olympic roster was about to be released that she is pregnant and will miss the rest of the season.

The biggest sporting show-piece on earth is less than 20 days away from rolling off in a grand-style with the world's best set to dig in for precious medals and mount the medal podium as nations attempt to outdo each other for gold medals.

Venus, who won Olympic singles gold in 2000, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens will all compete in singles while Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe will form the second women's doubles team for the US. Sixteen mixed doubles teams will be determined in Rio from players already in the Olympics.

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