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Rory McIlroy wants to make Olympic decision himself

Updated: Thursday, 02 May 2013 09:46 | Comments

Rory McIlroy wants to decide himself whether to play for Ireland or Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Games
Rory McIlroy wants to decide himself whether to play for Ireland or Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Games

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Rory McIlroy has stated that he wants to decide what country he will play for at the Rio 2016 Olympics, not have the decision taken out of his hands.

McIlroy was responding to comments made by the chief executive of the R&A, Peter Dawson, about qualification for the Games, and whether players from Northern Ireland should represent Ireland or Great Britain.

Dawson said last week that he would like to see the decision of which country players should represent taken out of their hands, but McIlroy says he wants to make the decision.

Dawson is also the president of the International Golf Federation, who have been in touch with the International Olympic Committee seeking to clarify the position for the players.

Last week, Graeme McDowell said he would welcome that move, but Rory McIlroy wants to be allowed to make the decision himself.

McIlroy made the comments last night at his press conference ahead of the start of the Quail Hollow Championship in North Carolina.

"If you play for a country and then you either change nationality or whatever, if you don’t play for that country for three years you have a choice" - Rory McIlroy

McIlroy said: “I think it’s rule 41 in the IOC that states that I still have a choice.

“It’s not like they can take it away from me. If you play for a country and then you either change nationality or whatever, if you don’t play for that country for three years you have a choice.

“I haven’t played for anyone since 2011, in the 2011 World Cup.

“And obviously going to the Olympics that would be five years, so I still have a choice.”

McIlroy has also confirmed that he will not play in the World Cup this year.

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