Brazil, along with the majority of Latin America and the Caribbean is classified as ‘at risk’ for the transmission of the disease linked with defects in newborn babies.
The mosquito-borne disease is most threatening to pregnant women and those looking to conceive, and Brazil is designated as a lower risk country – especially at this time of year.
Therefore the string of withdrawals from high-profile golfers has been looked at cynically by most, including Taylor herself, who feel that money and a lack of desire to compete is the real reason.
Indeed Taylor admitted yesterday at the launch of the Team Ireland Olympic kit launch that “I’m not thinking about it [Zika], I’m focused on the competition itself and trying to come home a two-time Olympic champion.”
“We have been given a lot of advice on it and it’s not really something that we should be too worried about”.
Instead Taylor is intensely focused on winning a second Olympic gold and an amazing twentieth major international medal.
The Bray woman described how “It would mean absolutely everything to me really.”
“After I came back from London with a gold medal, my focus straight away was to defend it four years on.
“To stand on top of the podium in front of every other nation would be a privilege and an honour.”