World number one Lydia Ko will compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro despite fears over the Zika virus.
Ko announced her decision to feature at the event ahead of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Ko, who is vying for a third consecutive major at Sahalee Country Club this week, said she is too busy to worry about the mosquito-borne disease that has lead several male golfers to pull out of the Olympics.
“I’m more excited about the Olympics, about the ceremony, about just being in that Olympic vibe than worrying about the Zika virus,” Ko said in Washington on Wednesday. “There are so many experts that are taking care of all that. We’ve got a great team of people that are doing that.”
No major female player has pulled out from travelling to Brazil, despite evidence linking the Zika virus to birth defects.
“So for us, it’s more important that we enjoy it and we’re excited about it. And to all the girls that I’ve talked to, that’s kind of the response,” Ko said.
She said the top female golfers are excited ahead of Brazil and about the chance to represent their countries.
“It’s unfortunate with what’s happening with the Zika, but we all trust the people that are taking care of it. We’ve just got to trust them and it’s in their hands now,” she added.
Adam Scott, Luis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have already pulled out of the games citing fears over the virus, while world number one Jason Day and number three ranked Rory McIlroy have expressed concerns about possible infection.