PHOTOS: The stars who will miss Rio Olympics 2016

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Rio De Janeiro, July 28: Some of the big names in sports world will not be part of Rio Olympics 2016, which starts on August 5.

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Injuries, fears over the Zika virus, doping scandals, failure to qualify for the Games are some of the reason why stars are not travelling to Brazil next month.

The quadrennial showpiece event, the biggest in sports, will see over 10,000 athletes vying for medals.

In the midst of all the action on the field, fans will miss some of the biggest names in various sporting disciplines.

The entire track and field team from Russia is barred from participating after a "state-sponsored" doping programme was revealed.

Here are the top-10 stars who will be missing Rio Olympics.

Roger Federer

Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer said he was "extremely disappointed" to miss Olympics due to extensive rehabilitation after his knee surgery in February this year.

Lionel Messi

Argentina's football team at Olympics will be without their captain Lionel Messi, who retired from international football after the Copa America final in June.

Tiger Woods

Former world number one Tiger Woods in among the top golfers set to miss Rio Games. Woods has a back problem.

Yelena Isinbayeva

Russia has been hit by a doping scandal and Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva is one of the casualties of the ban. Russia's entire track and field team is barred from the Games.

LeBron James

US basketball team will miss the services of LeBron James (pictured, left). He was to take rest from the game.

Mary Kom

India's five-time world boxing champion Mary Kom, who won bronze at last Games in 2012, failed to qualify. She was expecting a wild card entry but did not get.

Kobe Bryant

American basketball team will also be without Kobe Bryant, who has retired from the sport.

Jason Day

World number one golfer Jason Day (pictured, right) of Australia is skipping the mega event due to fears of the Zika virus.

Vijender Singh

India's boxing star Vijender Singh will not be in Rio De Janeiro as he has turned pro. Though professional boxers are allowed this time, Vijender could not make it as Vikas Krishnan made the cut in 75 kg category.

Sushil Kumar

Olympic bronze medallist Sushil Kumar of India will not be going to Rio De Janeiro. He was not selected in the team. Initially, there was controversy over his non-selection but the matter is settled now.

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