Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is just another star athlete who has decided not to participate in the Olympics. Like others, the reason for him not going to Rio is because of the Zika virus which has been a major issue.
Vijay Singh, Marc Lieshman and Adam Scott among others also dropped out. McIlroy is definitely the biggest blow so far.
“My health and my family’s health comes before everything else.” said McIlroy. “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,”
It has been over 100 years since golf has been in the Olympics. Now, with its return to the Games, it looks like it will be missing some key players for the event.
That said, golf isn’t the only sport where players are dropping like flies. NBA superstar LeBron James is the latest to say that he will likely miss the Olympics.
Despite the missing players in this year’s Olympics, it’s great to know that golf is back. It’s just horrible timing with the Zika virus and those dropping out are ultimately making the right decision.
Here’s hoping the Olympic Games in Japan in 2020 will be much better.
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