Saturday 22 October 2016

Poll results: Irish people evenly split over Rory McIlroy's call to bypass Rio Olympics

Published 22/06/2016 | 14:48

Rory McIlroy has decided not to compete at the Rio Olympics for personal reasons
Rory McIlroy has decided not to compete at the Rio Olympics for personal reasons

A poll conducted on has revealed that people are evenly split on whether Rory McIlroy made the right decision to pull out of the Rio Olympics due to fears over the Zika virus threat in Brazil.

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The question asked was: 'Do you agree with Rory McIlroy's decision to pull out of the Olympics over Zika virus fears?'

Just under 6,000 votes were cast and 48.9pc of people agreed with the stance of the four-time major winner, while 51.1pc felt he had made the wrong decision and should have represented Ireland in August.

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The 'Rexit' poll results reflect the mixed nature of the reaction to McIlroy's move.

The world number four is one of a number of high-profile golfers to pull out, with Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Marc Leishman and Vijay Singh having already said they will not travel to Brazil.

In a statement released this morning, he said: "After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

"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.

"I trust the Irish people will understand my decision. The unwavering support I receive every time I compete in a golf tournament at home or abroad means the world to me.

"I will continue to endeavor to make my fans and fans of golf proud with my play on the course and my actions off it."

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