Rio Olympics 2016: Zika Virus scare away more top athletes; Rory McIlroy not going to Brazil

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Rio Olympics 2016: Zika Virus scare away more top athletes; Rory McIlroy not going to Brazil

Rory McIlroy has recently joined several other top athletes who have backed out from the Rio Olympics 2016 because of the Zika virus scare.

McIlroy seems to be balancing his decisions on playing at the Rio Olympics 2016 well, with his mind changing constantly about playing in August.

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He first expressed his doubt over his participation in the Rio Olympics 2016 on May, saying he has been monitoring the situation and the severity of the virus in Brazil.

He said the virus may be worse than how it is actually shown, and that he has to monitor it because he and his fiancée are planning to have a family in the following years, and the virus may affect that.

However, at the start of June, McIlroy appeared to have eased over the doubt of playing in the Rio Olympics 2016, saying he has sought some advice that helped him be at ease over the Zika Virus.

“It makes me more comfortable going down there knowing that, even if I do contract Zika, it’s not the end of the world. It takes six months to pass through your system and you’re fine.” McIlroy said.

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But McIlroy has, again, changed his mind, and it seems like this time, his decision over his participation in the Rio Olympics 2016 is certain.

In a statement, he said that he won’t be participating in the Olympics because his family’s health comes first before anything else.

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