Rory McIlroy will not be playing at the Rio Olympics

Rory McIlroy

Rory Mc Ilroy has confirmed that he will not play at the Olympics this summer.

In a statement Mc Ilroy says

"After speaking with those closest to me, I've come to realize that my health and my family's health comes before anything 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."

Mc Ilory says he trusts the Irish people will understand his decision adding the unwavering support he receives when he competes in a tournament at home or abroad means the world to him.

The Olympic council of Ireland says they are disappointed not to be taking Mc Ilroy to Rio but add they respected his decision.

The council says Mc Ilroys withdrawal means there is room for another player to go instead.

Ireland's Olympic Team leader in golf Paul Mc Ginley says Rory Mc Ilroy's decision is surprising but understandable.

Mc Ginley confirmed Mc Ilroy's attitude changed on going to Rio in the last 10 days.

Shane Lowry and Graeme Mc Dowell are now likely to take up the spots depending on the qualification process, Leona Maguire and Stehpanie Meadow could take the ladies team spots.