Wednesday February 19, 2020

Rory McIlroy withdraws from Rio Olympics over Zika virus fears

The golfer said his health and his family's health come before anything else

22nd June, 2016
Rory McIlroy Pic: Getty

"After speaking with those closest to me, I've come to realise 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.

"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...

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