When Rory McIlroy announced that he would not be participating in the Rio Olympics, the news came as shock to many of his fans.

Now it seems that Zika virus was the reason behind the golfer’s change of heart.

Mcllroy said, “after speaking with those closest to me, I’ve come to realize my health and my family’s health come 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.”

After the initial announcement, the Olympic Council of Ireland expressed their disappointment and regret over McIlroy’s decision.

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