22/06/2016

Rory McIlroy Will Not Be Taking Part In 2016 Rio Olympics

Co Down golfer Rory McIlroy will not be taking part in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In a statement he said that although the risk from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk that he is unwilling to take.

McIlroy said: "After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.
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"After speaking with those closest to me, I've come to realise that my health and my family's health comes before anything else.

"Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take.

"I trust the Irish people will understand my decision. The unwavering support I receive every time I compete in a golf tournament at home or abroad means the world to me.

"I will continue to endeavour to make my fans and fans of golf proud with my play on the course and my actions off it."

(CD)

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