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BIRMINGHAM, England -- British sailor Luke Patience has questioned the logic of allowing athletes to compete in the Olympics when the Games does not represent the summit of their sport.The build-up to next months Rio Games has seen a number of high-profile golfers withdraw, citing fears surrounding the Zika virus. Among those is world No. 1 Jason Day and No. 4 Rory McIlroy, who has denied his decision not to take part is?embarrassing for golf.Patience, a silver medallist at London 2012, has effectively had to qualify twice for Rio after his 470 teammate Elliott Willis was diagnosed with cancer at the end of 2015.He will travel to Brazil with realistic gold-medal ambitions having secured his place in Team GB alongside Chris Grube, and is unsympathetic to the concerns of athletes who do not hold the Games in the highest esteem.Possibly a controversial statement but I think if the Olympics isnt the pinnacle of your sport, I would question why the sport is part of the Games, he told ESPN. It should be the ultimate. There should be no harder feat than the Olympic Games for your sport.Aside from Zika there are fears over the water quality in Rio with an Associated Press report last December suggesting that athletes ran a very real risk of infection.However, World Sailing has since insisted that considerable progress has been made at the Marina da Gloria, where the Olympic sailing regatta will take place between Aug. 8-18.I have far bigger things to worry about, said Patinece. Is my boat ready? Have I understood the course correctly? Im far more concerned about that.Yes, theres Zika. Yes, the water pollution is bad, but what are you going to do? Thats not going to stop me going to the Games and it shouldnt stop anyone else.I just think Rio needs to start; [hold the] opening ceremony and let everyone forget about all of those things.Patiences fellow Team GB sailor Hannah Mills added that she would never skip an Olympics unless were told you cant because of x, y and z but explained the information passed on by British Sailing ensured she was confident the risk could be managed.The water obviously does [worry me], because for us its a huge deal; getting sick or not getting sick, she said. As a British Sailing Team weve spent a lot of time thinking about it and the support staff have been amazing in organising as much protection as we can against that.We feel in a very strong place in terms of all the other sailing teams, the protocols we have in place, which gives you confidence but obviously you can never completely guard against it. 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