McIlroy Out Of Olympics Due To Zika
The field of talent that was supposed to participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics took another blow this morning as Rory McIlroy has decided to forego playing in the upcoming games.
McIlroy cited the Zika virus as one of the main issues for not attending. He and fiance Erica Stoll seem to display their interest in a family down the line, and that looks to be a major part of why he will not play in Rio. McIlroy was slated to be the top golfer from Ireland.
He released a statement on his decision not to play for his country in the Olympics:
"After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
"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."
As far as professional golfers, McIlroy now joins Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, Louis Oosthuizen, and Charl Schwartzel as notable names to bow out due to numerous reasons. U.S. hopeful Rickie Fowler has also voiced his concern to play in Rio as well.
The week before the Olympics is the final major of the season; the PGA Championship.