22/06/2016 14h34 - Updated 22/06/2016 14h34

Fearing zika, Irish golfer withdraws from Olympics

In a statement he said he realized that his health and family "comes before anything else.”
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Irish athlete Rory McIlroy, one of today's greatest golfers, reported today (22) You will not participate in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, starting at 5 August this year. Because: the threat of Zika virus.

In a statement released by the company that makes the management of your sports career, he said he realized that his health and family "comes before anything else.”

The Irish who informed “although the risk of Zika virus infection is considered low, it's a risk, and it's a risk I'm not willing to take.”

Upon learning of the decision of Rory McIlroy, the Olympic Council of Ireland reported being disappointed with the decision of the athlete, but expressed understanding. The agency said it expected the absence of McIlroy can provide an opportunity for another player.

“Rory should be one of the big stars Rio 2016, but now [with this decision] will give an opportunity for another Irish golfer to take the chance of becoming an Olympic athlete and participate in golf history return [from the country] the Olympics, after an absence of 112 years “, He informed the Olympic Council of Ireland.

Source: Agency Brazil

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