Rory McIlroy Withdraws From Rio Olympics Because Of Zika

Rory McIlroy has become the latest golfer to withdraw from the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

He has released a statement saying he has decided to withdraw because of the risks that the Zika virus is posing.

He says even though it’s a low risk, it’s one he’s not prepared to take. “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,” the Northern Irish world number four said.

Mcllroy’s move follows the decision earlier this year of Fiji’s Vijay Singh and Australian Marc Leishman.

Another Australian Adam Scott, as well as South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel also withdraw. They did not specifically name Zika as the reason for their decision.

Controversy over the August 5-21 Games has grown as more about the disease becomes known. The mosquito-borne virus can cause crippling birth defects and, in adults, has been linked to the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre.

Credit – sabc

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