Rory McIlory rules out Rio 2016 bid due to Zika virus, IGF reacts

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Top golfer Rory McIlroy has announced his decision not to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer amidst fears over the Zika virus in the country.

Despite being told threats from the disease are remote, McIlory has deemed it; 'a risk not worth taking' and will not join his fellow professionals on their gold medal chase.

The International Golf Federation stated the following on Rory's decision:

The IGF is disappointed with Rory’s decision but recognises that some players will have to weigh personally a unique set of circumstances as they contemplate their participation in golf's historic return to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, with the Zika virus foremost among them.

It is unfortunate that the Zika virus has led to Rory's decision to withdraw from the Olympic Games, knowing how much he was looking forward to taking part. As we have stated before, the Olympics is the world's greatest celebration of sport and we remain excited about golf's return after a 112-year absence.

It will truly be a special occasion for our sport and we are confident that the 60 men and 60 women who will represent their respective countries will find it an experience they will cherish forever.