BREAKING: This is why Rory McIlroy pulled out of the Olympics

He was due to fly to Rio soon.

He's not prepared to go over to Brazil
He’s not prepared to go over to Brazil

Rory McIlroy has shockingly pulled out of the 2016 Olympic games.

He was due to travel to Rio in August, however has cancelled his appearance due to concerns over the Zika virus.

The virus has been linked to brain defects in newborn children, and is a big worry for Rory.

In a statement, he said, “My health and my family’s heath comes before everything 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.

Rory and Erica want to start a family at some stage, and aren't willing to take the risk
Rory and Erica want to start a family at some stage, and aren’t willing to take the risk

“I trust the Irish people will understand my decision. The unwavering support I receive every time I compete in a gold tournament at home or abroad 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.”

Rory initially sparked concern over whether he’d be attending, when he announced last month that he’d be weary, as he’s hoping to start a family with fiance Erica Stoll.

He told the BBC at the time, “I have to monitor that situation because there’s going to be a point in time over the next couple of years where we’re going to have to think about starting a family and I don’t want anything to affect that.”

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