Cormac Byrne

22/06/2016 | 09:36

Rory McIlroy has announced that he will not compete for Ireland at the Rio Olympics this summer over the threat of the Zika virus.
McIlroy was set to represent Ireland in Rio as golf returns to the Games for the first time since 1904, but revealed last month he was monitoring the situation in Brazil following his engagement to Erica Stoll and Zika’s links to defects in newborn babies.
In a statement released today, McIlroy confirmed that he would not be competing: “After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.