Rory McIlroy: Golfer pulls out of Rio 2016 over Zika fear

Publish Date : 2021-04-01


Rory McIlroy: Golfer pulls out of Rio 2016 over Zika fear

The sport is making a return to the Summer Games for the first time since 1904, and organizers have had to deal with other big names pulling out, notably major winners Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen.

'After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero,' McIlroy said in a statement.

'After speaking with those closest to me, I've come to realize that my health and my family's health comes before anything else.



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'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.'

While the symptoms of the virus -- which include a rash, headaches and joint pain -- aren't severe, Zika has been linked to microcephaly in newborn babies and some cases of the muscle-weakening disease Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults.

As well as McIlroy, Scott and Oosthuizen, three-time major winner Vijay Singh and Australia's Marc Leishman -- citing Zika -- have also decided not to compete.

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The Olympic Council of Ireland said in a statement that it is 'extremely disappointed' not to be taking Rory to the Olympics but 'respect his decision.'

'Rory was set to be one of the big stars of Rio 2016,' the organization said. 'But now there is an opportunity for another Irish golfer to take up the chance to become an Olympian and participate in golf's historic return to the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence.'

McIlroy failed to make the cut at last week's U.S. Open, as Dustin Johnson claimed his maiden major triumph.

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South Korea unveils anti-Zika uniform South Korea unveils anti-Zika uniform South Korea unveils anti-Zika uniform 'Rory was set to be one of the big stars of Rio 2016,' the organization said. 'But now there is an opportunity for another Irish golfer to take up the chance to become an Olympian and participate in golf's historic return to the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence.' 'After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero,' McIlroy said in a statement. The sport is making a return to the Summer Games for the first time since 1904, and organizers have had to deal with other big names pulling out, notably major winners Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen. Fearing Zika, Olympic champion freezes sperm As well as McIlroy, Scott and Oosthuizen, three-time major winner Vijay Singh and Australia's Marc Leishman -- citing Zika -- have also decided not to compete. While the symptoms of the virus -- which include a rash, headaches and joint pain -- aren't severe, Zika has been linked to microcephaly in newborn babies and some cases of the muscle-weakening disease Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. 'After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero,' McIlroy said in a statement. '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.' 'After speaking with those closest to me, I've come to realize that my health and my family's health comes before anything else. Olympics: Rio 2016's 'perfect storm' The Olympic Council of Ireland said in a statement that it is 'extremely disappointed' not to be taking Rory to the Olympics but 'respect his decision.' 'After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero,' McIlroy said in a statement. While the symptoms of the virus -- which include a rash, headaches and joint pain -- aren't severe, Zika has been linked to microcephaly in newborn babies and some cases of the muscle-weakening disease Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. While the symptoms of the virus -- which include a rash, headaches and joint pain -- aren't severe, Zika has been linked to microcephaly in newborn babies and some cases of the muscle-weakening disease Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. McIlroy failed to make the cut at last week's U.S. Open, as Dustin Johnson claimed his maiden major triumph. 'After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero,' McIlroy said in a statement. 'Rory was set to be one of the big stars of Rio 2016,' the organization said. 'But now there is an opportunity for another Irish golfer to take up the chance to become an Olympian and participate in golf's historic return to the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence.' The sport is making a return to the Summer Games for the first time since 1904, and organizers have had to deal with other big names pulling out, notably major winners Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen. McIlroy failed to make the cut at last week's U.S. Open, as Dustin Johnson claimed his maiden major triumph.

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