01 of 09
The Road to Rio Is Closed For Some
Citing Zika fear, injuries, impeachment and doping problems, the following list of athletes and others will mostly likely not be showing their faces at the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this year.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
The Russian Track and Field Team
Russia's track and field team has been suspended from competing on the world stage since a November 2015 report came out detailing a government-run doping program that involved the team's athletes, coaches, trainers and more. But the team's 2016 Olympic fate was decided more recently, when the I.A.A.F.—the global governing body for track and field—suspended the team from competing in Rio, a punishment so harsh it has no precedent in Olympic history. The International Olympic Committee is set to discuss and come to their own conclusion, but chances are the team won't be heading to Brazil this summer.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Golfer Vijay Singh
Vijay Singh—one of the world's best golfers—has decided that the risk of Zika is not worth the trip to Rio this summer. “I would like to play the Olympics," Singh told GolfChannel.com in April, "but the Zika virus, you know and all that crap.” The Fijian player will instead focus on staying on his game for his summer PGA Tour schedule. “It wasn’t that difficult [a decision],” Singh said. “I feel bad, I wanted to play and finally decided against it."Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Roussef
She can cross her fingers all she wants, but we'd be surprised if Brazil's suspended (and impeached) President Dilma Roussef shows her face at the games. Roussef was impeached in May 2016 after for concealing the fact that her country was plunging into financial crisis and for corruption. The suspended leader has yet to resign, but her country's government has already begun to cut her off financially—her use of official Air Force jets is being limited and her hotel bills are being denied.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Suspended Russian Tennis Star Maria Sharapova
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January, immediately after the drug she was positive for—Meldonium—was banned from use by athletes. Sharapova, who took Meldonium for 10 years before the substance was banned, was handed a two-year suspension from the sport but is now appealing in hopes of being cleared in time for the Rio games. Sharapova has been provisionally included on Russia's Olympic team, but will be replaced if her suspension is not overturned.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Australian Tennis Bad Boy Nick Kyrgios
On Nick Kyrgios' bad tennis behavior rap sheet: screaming profanities at cellphone-using spectators; referring to one of the sport's umpires as "dirty scum" during an interview; and breaking it to Stan Wawrinka that his girlfriend was unfaithful while the two were engaged in a match against each other. It's pretty clear that (and why) the Australian Olympic Committee was considering omitting Kyrgios from its 2016 Rio team, so Kyrgios beat them to it. The player took himself out of consideration for the team, citing unfair treatment by the committee.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
America's Best Cyclist: Tejay van Garderen
Van Garderen's reason for skipping the games this year is pretty much a no-brainer considering the effects and potential spread of the Zika virus—his wife is pregnant, and the risk of exposing his family to the virus was just not worth it. The loss is a major one for the American cycling team, though, as the multiple-time Tour de France alum was slated to do well on Rio's hilly course.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
NBC TODAY Show Anchor Savannah Guthrie
She's pregnant, too, with her second child. The Hollywood Reporter said that NBC employees are not being forced to work the Rio Olympics if they fear the Zika virus, but apparently the risk won't deter Hoda Kotb from taking Guthrie's place at the games.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Stephan Curry and the Rest of the Planet's Point Guards
Steph (and his equally famous family) won't be spotted in Rio this summer—Curry took himself out of consideration for the U.S. Olympic basketball team citing ankle and knee injuries. Most distraught at this turn of events is NBC. The network has broadcasting rights to the Olympic games through 2032, and the lack of Curry this year will serve a ratings blow. Curry's fellow point guards Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and John Wall are also skipping the games.