Rory McIlroy has determined to not compete at this this summer season’s Olympics in Rio attributable to fears over the Zika virus.
The world quantity 4, who had pledged his allegiance to Eire for the Video games, has introduced in an announcement he is not going to be obtainable.
McIlroy is one in all plenty of high-profile golfers to drag out with Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Marc Leishman and Vijay Singh having already mentioned they won’t journey to Brazil.
McIlroy mentioned in an announcement: “After a lot thought and deliberation, I’ve determined to withdraw my identify from consideration for this summer season’s Olympic Video games in Rio de Janeiro.
“After talking with these closest to me, I’ve come to grasp that my well being and my household’s well being comes earlier than anything.
“Regardless that the chance of an infection from the Zika virus is taken into account low, it’s a danger nonetheless and a danger I’m unwilling to take.
“I belief the Irish individuals will perceive my determination. The unwavering help I obtain each time I compete in a golf match at house or overseas means the world to me.
“I will continue to endeavour to make my fans and fans of golf proud with my play on the course and my actions off it.”
McIlroy’s assertion comes quickly after feedback from world quantity six Rickie Fowler casting doubt over his participation.
The state of affairs is a blow for the game with golf returning to the Olympics for the primary time since 1904.
An announcement from the Olympic Council of Eire learn: “The OCI is extraordinarily disenchanted to not be taking Rory with us to Rio.
“Nevertheless, as we have now all the time mentioned, it’s right down to the person and naturally we respect his determination, which he has taken for private causes.
“Rory was set to be one of the big stars of Rio 2016, but now there is an opportunity for another Irish golfer to take up the chance to become an Olympian and participate in golf’s historic return to the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence.”
Considerations in regards to the Zika virus, which has been linked to start defects, have forged a shadow over Rio 2016 however the Worldwide Olympic Committee, with steerage from the World Well being Organisation, has resisted requires the Video games to be moved or postponed.
The OCI assertion added: “The OCI and our medical crew have taken our lead from the IOC on the Zika state of affairs, as we do in all issues. They’ve offered us with each assurance and we have now whole confidence that the Video games might be secure for all athletes.
“We are actually following the IOC’s suggestions, in addition to the suggestions of the Rio 2016 organisers, the World Well being Organisation and nationwide well being authorities, to make sure that Workforce Eire’s athletes are stored absolutely up to date with the most recent and greatest recommendation and that they’re geared up to take all crucial precautions.
“The OCI is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring the welfare of Team Ireland’s athletes at Rio 2016.”