Rory McIlroy Might Pull Out Of Rio 2016 Olympics – Golf’s world number 3, Rory McIlroy has revealed he is considering his participation at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
It will be the first time golf will be played at the Olympics since 1904, and McIlroy, who is to represent Ireland, revealed he might pull out because of the Zika virus.
“I’ve been reading a lot of reports about Zika and there’s some articles saying it might be worse than they’re saying. I have to monitor that situation because there’s going to be a point in time over the next couple of years when we’re going to have to think about starting a family and I don’t want anything to affect that,” said McIlroy as quoted by the BBC.
“Right now I’m ready to go but I don’t want anything to affect that. As it gets closer I am relishing the thought of going down there and competing for gold. I’m actually going to get my injections on Wednesday for all that so at least I’ll be immunized for whatever if I do get bitten by a mosquito down there,” the player said.
The Zika virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito, and is said to cause congenital neural anomalies. Two golfers have already pulled out because of the virus, including Fiji’s Vijay Singh and Australian Marc Leishman.