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Rory McIlroy released a statement on Wednesday saying that he will not play in the 2016 Rio Olympics even though he confirmed he would just three weeks ago.

"I've come to realize that my health and my family's health comes before anything else," said McIlroy in a statement. "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."


As a result of McIlroy's actions here -- compounded with those of some of golf's other stop stars -- golf in the 2024 Olympics just took a major blow.


The sport, which is invading the Olympic Games for the first time in over a century, is only guaranteed a spot in the next two games through 2020. After the 2016 games, there will be a vote to determine whether golf will be in the Olympics beyond 2020. Now, its biggest global star has pulled out of Rio.

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