Another athlete has pulled out of the Rio Olympics due to the Zika Virus. Irish golfer, Rory McIlroy, has announced that he will not be participating in the games because he is unwilling to risk his family’s health.
Rory McIlroy, 27, is no longer planning to play in the Rio Olympics, despite previously pledging his allegiance to Ireland for the games. Unfortunately, the golfer is more concerned about the health of his loved ones, especially fiancee, Erica Stoll.
“I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero,” Rory said in an official 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. 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.”
Just one month earlier, Rory told the BBC that he and his fiancee, Erica, were planning to have a family within the next few years. This could have led to his decision to pull out of the games, as Zika has devastating affects to pregnant women and the babies they carry.
“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,” Rory’s statement continued. “I will continue to endeavor to make my fans and fans of golf proud with my play on the course and my actions off it.”
Rory is not the first to pull out of the games due to concerns about the Zika Virus. Fiji golfer Vijay Singh and South African golfer Charl Schwartzel also refuse to play in Rio.
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