Jan 3, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT
World No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy is still debating whether to play for the British or Irish national team when his sport is resurrected at the Rio Games in 2016, but might just opt out of the Olympics entirely, so as not to offend his fans in either country.
“I just think being from where we’re from, we’re placed in a very difficult position,” McIlroy told the London Telegraph. “I feel Northern Irish and being from Northern Ireland you have a connection to Ireland and a connection to the UK.”
“If I could and there was a Northern Irish team, I’d play for Northern Ireland. 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.”
McIlroy stated last year that he’d probably play for Great Britain because he’d always felt more British, but has since pulled back from that statement and apologized, calling his answer a “moment of frustration.”
With three-plus seasons between now and when McIlroy needs to decide, maybe everyone should lay off him for a while. Otherwise the Olympics risks losing the world’s top golfer to upset feelings. Fair?
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