Rory McIlroy admits Olympics doubts over Zika virus fears

Irish Open winner is due to represent Ireland in Rio

BY Raf Diallo 18:44 Monday 23 May 2016, 18:44 23 May 2016

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Rory McIlroy has admitted that there is a possibility that he may pull out of the Rio Olympics due to fears over the Zika virus.

The World No 3, who won his maiden Irish Open yesterday, is expected to represent Ireland at the Olympic golf competition in Rio de Janiero this August.

But fears over the Zika virus, which has been linked to microcephaly and other severe brain problems in newborn babies, have led to worries for athletes planning to take part in the Games.

"There's going to be a point in the next couple of years where we're [with fiancee Erica Stoll] going to have to think about starting a family," he told the BBC.

"Right now I'm ready to go but I don't want anything to affect that."

He also added that he has "been reading a lot of reports about Zika and there have been some articles coming out saying that it might be worse than they're saying and I have to monitor that situation.

"I am actually going to get my injections on Wednesday - at least I will be immunised for whatever... if I do get bitten by a mosquito down there."


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