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Rory McIlroy has Rio 2016 decision to make

World number two Rory McIlroy, has a big decision to make regarding the next Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. The former world number one who has been off form lately not performing up to scratch in this year’s Masters, has the choice to play in the Olympics for either Ireland or Great Britain. The Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson tried to make up McIlroy’s mind for him announcing that “there may be an Olympic regulation” forcing him to play for Ireland.

Rory McIlroy has played for Ireland twice before in previous World Cups, the Royal & Ancient believed that because of this, he was not able to play for Great Britain. However, the Olympic officials released a statement saying that if Rory McIlroy doesn’t play for Ireland for three years, he is able to play for Great Britain. The Olympic rules state that one person “may participate in the Olympic Games to represent his new country (which would be Team GB) provided that at least three years have passed since the competitor last represented his former country (which would be Ireland).”

Considering that the Rio Olympics is 3 years away, Rory McIlroy will be able to play for Great Britain as long he doesn’t play for Ireland between now and the Olympics. McIlroy has hinted at the fact that he might not even take part in the Rio Olympics 2016 to avoid upsetting any of his fans. He later revealed that he “felt more British than Irish” but that will not automatically mean he will play for Team GB. The Northern Irishman talked about his options, “Play for one side or the other – or not play at all because I may upset too many people… Those are my three options I’m considering very carefully.”

Author Daniel Foster.
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