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June 23, 2016 | by Compete Network
Golf takes a hit in Rio with Rory McIlroy withdrawal

Golfer Rory McIlroy is the latest athlete to announce he won’t compete in Rio at the Olympic Games because of health concerns over the Zika virus. He has been a four-time Major winner.

The No. 3-ranked Northern Irish golfer said, “After speaking with those closest to me, I’ve come to realize 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.”

This announcement is a change from his prior statement at a June 1 press conference where he said, “Even if I do contract Zika, it’s not the end of the world.”

This year will be the first time since 1904 that golf will be included in the Summer Games but the competition won’t be quite as steep due to McIlroy’s withdrawal as well as other top golfers, including Vijay Singh from Fiji and Charl Schwartzel from South Africa who have also announced they won’t compete in Rio.

 

 

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