Superstar athletes that won't be at the Olympics
An Olympic gold medal is often touted as the highest honour in sporting competition. Tens of thousands of sportsmen and women from across the world dedicate their lives in pursuit of claiming that top spot on the podium to seal their life's work. For some, winning isn't even the end point, simply representing their country at the highest level is enough to fuel their dreams. Then there are others that, well, couldn't care less.
It is worth taking into account that the Rio 2016 Olympics has been blighted health and security fears (aren't most international competitions these days?), but the withdrawl of several globally recognised stars has left a bit of a sour taste in view's mouths.
Here's a list of superstar sportspeople that opted against competiting at this year's Olympics.