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SBD Global/January 4, 2013/People and Pop Culture

McIlroy May Skip 2016 Olympics Due To Indecision Over Which Country To Represent

World No. 1 RORY MCILROY "may reject the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to avoid any controversy over which country to represent," according to Tom Pilcher of REUTERS. The 23-year-old said that he was "mulling whether to play for Britain or Ireland, and he told the BBC that he might opt out of playing altogether." Golf is scheduled to return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904. McIlroy said in '09 he would "probably play for Great Britain" (REUTERS, 1/3). In a BBC documentary that debuted Thursday, McIlroy said, "I just think being from where we're from, we're placed in a very difficult position. I feel Northern Irish and obviously being from Northern Ireland you have a connection to Ireland and a connection to the U.K. If I could and there was a Northern Irish team, I'd play for Northern Ireland." He added, "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" (BBC, 1/3).
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