Milos Raonic isn’t going to the Rio Olympics, because of Zika
Thornhill’s favourite racket-swinging son has gathered up a wee bit of momentum in international tournaments, but he won’t be riding that wave to Rio next month. In a statement released on his Facebook page this afternoon, Milos Raonic said he’ll be withdrawing from this summer’s Olympics because of “a variety of health concerns including the uncertainty around the Zika virus.” (Zika, which researchers believe to be relatively harmless to anyone who isn’t an infant in utero, should probably be a secondary concern behind unfinished venues, sewage-filled waterways and human rights violations.) Raonic joins a handful of other high-profile athletes who have decided to sit this one out. “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,” Raonic wrote in his statement.