SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Stacy Lewis wants to compete in the Olympics, and she’s making tentative plans to go, but she is wary of the Zika virus and still doing her homework.
Lewis said she wishes a governing authority would step up and make a definitive recommendation for athletes concerned about the mosquito-borne illness.
“Definitely concerned,” Lewis said. “The Zika thing is a serious deal. My thing is they don’t know the long-term effects of it. That’s the scariest part for me.”
As of this week, Lewis and Lexi Thompson are the only Americans qualified to compete at No. 7 and No. 3, respectively, in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings. The teams will be set on July 11 with the Olympic Women’s competition beginning on Aug. 17.
“Hopefully I'm on the team come July 11th, and then we'll make a decision,” she said. “I don't think there's a need to make a decision right now. If it gets better, if it gets worse down there, hopefully they'll tell us.”
Lewis isn’t fully committed to the Olympics just yet.
“I wouldn't say I'm a hundred percent going,” Lewis said. “It's just so hard. As an athlete, how do you pass up the Olympics? It's unfortunate that we're the ones that have to make a decision. You'd almost like to see a governing body or somebody like that kind of put their foot down and say, ‘No, we're not going.’ But there's too much money in it, I don't think that will ever happen. It's hard being an athlete, that's your dream, and to say you're not going to go, it's a hard decision to make.”