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Comment #5197430 by philip murphy

philip murphy Jun 22nd 2016, 9:40 AM #

Something gives me the feeling he was only looking for an excuse not to participate.

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Rory McIlroy pulls out of the Rio Olympics over Zika virus fears

Rory McIlroy pulls out of the Rio Olympics over Zika virus fears

The golfer has said it is a risk he is unwilling to take.

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    Favourite Old Gabby Johnson
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 9:49 AM

    100% – i think he’s been hanging around the six counties’ football matches hearing God save the Queen too often… like many on this site it would seem.

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    Favourite Teddington
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 9:50 AM

    He was at the NI game yesterday and maybe with them qualifying and all the good feelings around NI he’s realised that he doesn’t want to represent the republic of Ireland so the easiest thing to do was just withdraw. I don’t believe for a second that it is related to Zika vrius.

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    Favourite Fintin Stack
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 9:52 AM

    @philip, you could be right!

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    Favourite Brían Ó Cionnaith
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 9:52 AM

    On the nail it’s an excuse

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    Favourite Tomás O'Loughlin
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 9:53 AM

    Yeah makes sense.

    That’s exactly the attitude which won him four major titles and got him to Number One in the world for a time…

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    Favourite Dave Coyle
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 9:56 AM

    Absolutely!!

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    Favourite Meanderingsz
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 9:58 AM

    Why are people so quick to jump to conclusions. He already expressed concerns about the virus, he’s a young man who is at the age of starting a family.
    Hes a proud Northern Irish man, but that’s it. The olympic team is not ‘team uk’ remember, its ‘Team GB’ and the last time i checked an atlas Northern Ireland wasn’t in GB..

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    Favourite ktsiwot
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 10:10 AM

    Philip
    I agree 100%. Golf should not be in the Olympics, however like everything else now that is a financial decision. Golfers have 5-6 competitions a year they would prefer win, if Rory said this from the start the Olympics was way down the line regarding his goals there would be no problem. Anyway he was always uncomfortable with the Irish / uk issue regarding the Olympic team. I suppose we will get the usual Muppet’s calling him an orange man, however at the end of the day for golfers the Olympics is an non event, this proves it.

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    Favourite Justin Cosgrove
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 10:11 AM

    Apart from the fact that we are not a soviet era society and that he has the right not to put his name forward for selection,the fc i that he not playing well at the moment. He missed the cut at the US Open last weekend and apart from the Irish Open has not been playing consistently at all.

    Everyone knows that Australia will win gold with Jason Day

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    Favourite Donncha Ó Ríordáin
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 10:18 AM

    zika and Northern Ireland are only two parts to the story. Nike is more than likely the other deciding factor.

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    Favourite Chris Mcdonnell
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 10:21 AM

    He never didn’t want to play for Ireland in the first place.

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    Favourite I'mthatguy
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 10:30 AM

    They Shouldn’t be allowed compete period !! Professional sports people should not be given the opportunity to take part in the Olympics .

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    Favourite jane
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 10:34 AM

    Teddington I think that’s exactly it. His heart was never really in it. To be fair to him I don’t have a problem with him wanting to play for NI, if that’s how he identifies there’s nothing wrong with that. I’d have more respect for him if he came out and said that though.

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    Favourite Powerabbey
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 10:37 AM

    And the evidence for this is?

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    Favourite Keith Flood
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 10:56 AM

    Yeah , Usain Bolt is not a professional , he trains out in the back garden and eats chicken nuggets .

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    Favourite Craba
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 10:58 AM

    The Irish Olympic Committee covers sportspeople from both Ireland and Northern Ireland. Team GB covers sportspeople from all across the UK. People in Northern Ireland have the best of both worlds. I’m not sure what supporting Northern Ireland in the Euros has to do with anything.

    @Teddington, The “Republic of Ireland” is the playing name for the football team representing the FAI. “Ireland” is the name of the country I think you are trying to refer to

    There will be more than Rory and Adam Scott pulling out before the Olympics starts.

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    Favourite Sloop John G
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 11:01 AM

    Of course it’s an excuse. It totally contradicts the comment he made only a few weeks ago when he said it would be a great chance to win a gold medal that, when he looks back over his golfing career, it could be seen as his greatest achievement.

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    Favourite Sloop John G
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 11:07 AM

    I agree that professional golfers shouldn’t be allowed to participate in the Olympics but the IOC set the precedent for this some years ago when they allowed professional basketball players, footballers and more recently tennis players to take part. Where will it all end? Will they soon allow professional boxers to take part or open it up to other professional sports like baseball, cricket or even rugby union?

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    Favourite Craba
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 11:09 AM

    Track and Field athletes are effectively professional now.

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    Favourite Mark Jones
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 11:19 AM

    Next question- when is his due date?

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    Favourite albhbc
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 11:31 AM

    Usain Bolt?

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    Favourite F.O.R.A.
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 11:32 AM

    Well he’s not a professional all his money is made from sponsorship.

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    Favourite Myk_Oval_Balls_nRyt
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 11:34 AM

    Thought at first it was an excuse and maybe it is but if i were in his position, living the dream with everything going good. Fxck that, i wouldn’t go either.

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    Favourite An_Beal_Bocht
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 12:19 PM

    It’s a bit strange, as he was quoted last month saying that he was perfectly happy with the risks and that it didn’t bother him. This is worse than his will he/won’t he wedding fiasco. He seems to find it hard to stick to decisions and that has actually affected him on the course at times as well

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    Favourite Kevin O Sullivan
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 12:53 PM

    The modern olympics should be about showing the best in the world, not just the best amateurs. It’s supposed to be a showcase of the best. Otherwise it’s meaningless.

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    Favourite Malachy Rivers
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 1:10 PM

    Irish Olympics represents the island of Ireland not the Republic, but agreed he was only looking for an excuse. He chose the Queen over Green. Anyway I’d prefer Shane & G-Mac over Rory. Less of a circus, and 2 lads that genuinely want to represent us.

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    Favourite Old Gabby Johnson
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 1:35 PM

    In other news on being asked where his documentation was – Mr McElroy replied that his dog had somehow eaten it .

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    Favourite ChocSaltyBallz
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 1:38 PM

    Oh really Jerry Addams was at the Northern Ireland match last night too! I’d say he’s given up on the hole United Ireland thing, what ya think!

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    Favourite ChocSaltyBallz
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 1:41 PM

    Oh yeah who would seriously risk a child’s health for an old medal pfffft he’s just a big Queen loving b____ really No

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    Favourite Sloop John G
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 1:43 PM

    Don’t agree Kevin. Using boxing as an example many of the greats such as Ali, Frazier & Foreman all took part in the Olympics as amateurs before moving on to greatness as professionals. If professional boxers were allowed to enter the Olympics then amateur boxing as a competitive sport would die. Same could be said of other sports. The amateur ethos must remain in the Olympics.

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    Favourite Sloop John G
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 1:45 PM

    Hole United Ireland? Really Salty? That’s a bit OTT don’t you think?

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    Favourite pat seery
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 2:15 PM

    Rubbish He is a young nan getting married hopefully starting a family all people should step back one step Think if you were in his shoes what would you do Afte looking at all the children and there mothers and faters with all the pain Yes your family and health comes first I admire you Rory

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    Favourite Kevin O Sullivan
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 2:48 PM

    Yeah good points.

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    Favourite Billy McNamara
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 3:50 PM

    @ Chris Mc…Your grammar is brutal.

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    Favourite Fjordie
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    Jun 22nd 2016, 9:14 PM

    He’s more likely to be struck by lightening in the golf course. Just saying. Hope that helps

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