McIlroy unlikely to compete at Tokyo Olympics


Rory McIlroy says it is unlikely he will compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the dilemma over which country he would represent.

The world number two revealed in an interview with the Sunday Independent that he resents the Games putting him in a position where he must choose between the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.

Northern Irishman McIlroy was among the big names to opt out when golf returned to the Olympics in August after a 112-year absence, ostensibly due to concerns over the Zika virus.

And the four-time major champion does not expect to make his Olympic debut in Japan.

"I'm a very conflicted person and not a lot of people understand that maybe, but it's the way I feel and I know that most people will think that is wrong, but it's the way I feel and I can't really help it." McIlroy told BBC Northern Ireland.

"More and more likely in all I won't be going to the Games in 2020 just because of my personal feelings towards, not the Olympic Games, the Olympic Games are great, and I think to have golf included in the Olympic Games is fantastic.

"But just for me it's something I just don't want to get into. That's a personal choice and I hope people respect that decision."

McIlroy caused a stir during The Open last year by stating that he will be watching "stuff that matters" rather than the golf tournament in Brazil and the 27-year-old claimed the probing over his Olympic golf views had taken a toll.

"It's a decision I haven't taken lightly, a decision I've fought with myself over for so many years and I guess the comments I made at the Open it was maybe just one question too many, or I just flipped a little bit," he added.

"I made a comment which was at the back of my mind, but it was always in there at the back of my mind and that day it came to the front of my mind and I let it go.

"I think golf in the Olympics is a good thing, it went so good last year and I hope it goes even better in 2020. I just probably won't be a part of it."