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As Olympics Loom, Park Airs Zika Concerns

Inbee Park

SINGAPORE | Inbee Park dropped something of a bombshell at the HSBC Women’s Champions last week when, on being asked about the Olympics, she said she wondered if they were being held in “the right place.” As someone who wants to be a mother before too long, she has understandable concerns about the Zika virus.

For the moment at least, she says she does not know enough about it to feel confident about going to Rio de Janeiro. Her plan is to see her doctor in a couple of months’ time by way of finding out whether the virus can affect a pregnancy which occurs a couple of years after a person has been exposed to it.

Park talked last week of how her focus on prospective motherhood has become altogether more intense since the recent death of her father-in-law.

“That was when I started thinking more of family and of making a plan for life,” said this winner of seven majors. “I was at home for quite a time and, after years of travelling, it made me see that the ordinary way of life is not a bad way of life.”

Now 29, she wants to have children “before I get much older, hopefully when I am 32 or 33.

“It wouldn’t,” she said, “spell the end of my golf. Physically and mentally it would be tough to play after having a baby but others have managed it well enough. (Nancy Lopez to name but one.)

“I’ve achieved a lot of things in golf but, as I’ve said, there’s a lot to appreciate in a more regular way of life.”

There was a lovely little incident early last week to suggest that Park will make for the best of mums.


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