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Bryan Brothers Pull Out of Rio Games Citing Health Concerns

Tennis champions withdraw from Rio Games to add to the mounting number of athletes who have voiced health concerns
By The News · 30 of July 2016 13:33:24
The Bryan Brothers celebrating, No available, photo: Wikipedia

Olympic men’s doubles tennis champions Bob and Mike Bryan have pulled out of the Rio Games because their family’s health is their top priority, the pair said on their Facebook page on Saturday.

“After countless hours of deliberation Mike and I have decided to forego the Rio Olympics,” their post said.

“Though we’d love to compete again, as husbands and fathers, our family’s health is now our top priority.”

Many athletes have withdrawn from the Olympics over concerns about the mosquito-borne Zika virus linked to birth defects in newborn babies and possible neurological problems in adults.

The Bryan brothers, from the United States, won Olympic gold at the London 2012 Games and own 112 titles together, including 16 grand slams. They are the most successful tennis duo in history.