Shane Lowry is the latest sport star to pull out of this summers Olympic games due to zika virus fears. The Offaly man, who was recently married, said he felt he would be putting his future family plans at risk and based his decision on “firm medical advice”.
Lowry said that he has “not taken the decision lightly and it has been a source of much anguish for me over the past week.
“I am a very proud Irishman and I love my country. Hence, I was really looking forward to walking out behind the Tricolour with the rest of the Irish Olympic team in Rio.
“While I am bitterly disappointed to be missing out on that experience and the opportunity to win an Olympic medal for Ireland, on this occasion I have to put my family’s welfare first.”
Other golfing stars who have pulled out due to zika virus fears include: Rory McIlroy, Charl Schwartel, Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Brandon Grace.