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Adam Scott under fire for skipping Olympics

April 21, 2016

Australia's former world number one Adam Scott has announced he will not compete in the Rio Olympics, sparking a backlash from sporting greats.

The world number seven cited his busy schedule as a main reason for his decision to skip Rio, where golf will return to the Olympics after a gap of 112 years.

"My decision has been taken as a result of an extremely busy playing schedule around the time of the Olympics and other commitments, both personal and professional," said the 35-year-old in a statement issued Wednesday by his management company in the Bahamas.

"I have informed the Australian team captain (Ian Baker-Finch) and relevant authorities, who are understanding of my position and I wish the Australian Olympic team the very best of luck in Rio," added the 2013 US Masters champion.

The decision was immediately slammed by Australian Olympians including swimming legend Dawn Fraser, who won the 100m freestyle gold three times from 1956-1964.

"Well done Adam great to put your country on hold so that you can fulfil your own schedule," wrote Fraser on her Facebook page.

Fraser said she had to work three jobs to fulfil her own Olympic ambitions.

"How much money do you want in life. I guess working 3 jobs a week to secure my place as a Olympic swimmer has given me the strength to say what I feel about sportsmen and women that do this," she declared.

"I am still trying to survive at 78 years of age but a very proud Australian." Fraser also accused Scott of "not showing much for your country."

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus was saddened by Scott's decision.

"I think that's sad. I think it's sad for the Olympics and for the game of golf," Nicklaus told media Wednesday at a charity event tied to the Memorial Tournament that he hosts in Ohio every June.

"I don't know Adam's circumstances, so I couldn't comment on what he's dealing with. Obviously, he felt like he couldn't play, and if he felt that way, I understand. But it's unfortunate."

Last week Fiji's former major champion Vijay Singh announced he would skip the Olympics citing concerns over the Zika virus.

Golf is will be played at the Olympics in Rio for the first time since 1904.

Adam Scott skipping Olympics

April 20, 2016

Australian world number seven Adam Scott has confirmed he will skip the Rio Olympics in August, the 2013 Masters champion citing scheduling conflicts as the main reason for opting out of golf's return to the Games after a 112-year absence.

"My decision has been taken as a result of an extremely busy playing schedule around the time of the Olympics and other commitments, both personal and professional," Scott said in a statement on Tuesday.

"I have informed the Australian team captain (Ian Baker-Finch) and relevant authorities, who are understanding of my position and I wish the Australian Olympic team the very best of luck in Rio."

Baker-Finch had hoped Scott would put his indifference to competing at the Games to one side and form a powerful team with world number one Jason Day, who is expected to compete.

Marc Leishman is next in line to take Scott's spot but the world number 34 said he would consider any potential threat posed by the Zika virus to the health of his wife Audrey, who has immune system issues, before deciding whether to compete.

Golf's return at the Aug. 5-21 Olympics has been met with varying degrees of enthusiasm from its players and Fiji's Vijay Singh, a three-time major winner, announced last week that Zika virus fears would prevent him from going to Brazil.





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