Shanghai - Rory
McIlroy hinted on Wednesday that his Rio Olympic snub may not have been
entirely due to fears over the Zika virus, saying his situation was "a
little more complicated" than others.
The world number three from Holywood, Northern Ireland, also said he
hadn't turned any thoughts yet to taking part in Tokyo 2020, adding that
he would instead "concentrate on the 16 majors that we have between now
On the eve of "Asia's Major", the $9.5 million World Golf
Championships-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, McIlroy was asked
if he would like to play in "Asia's Olympics" - Tokyo 2020.
"The participation in the Olympics, for me it's just a little more
complicated than for some other people, (because of) where I'm from and
the whole politics of the thing," McIlroy told a news conference.
He was referring to having to choose whether to represent Great
Britain or the Republic of Ireland at the Games, a highly sensitive
Before pulling out ahead of the Rio Games, McIlroy had come under
fire from some quarters in Northern Ireland for originally opting to
compete under Ireland's tricolour.
"It's a difficult subject for me," he admitted before acknowledging
that the sport's first appearance in the Games for more than 100 years
had been a success despite his own initial reservations.
McIlroy had given a blunt assessment of Olympic golf before the Rio Games, saying he probably would not even watch it on TV.
"Probably (I'll watch) the events like track and field, swimming, diving, the stuff that matters," he had said.
But McIlroy revealed he had tuned in after all, and was delighted by
what unfolded as his Ryder Cup team-mates Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson
went head-to-head right to the last putt on the final green."I was really happy with how golf went in the Olympics. I turned it
on in the final afternoon and ... you could sense an atmosphere in the
crowd. "It was fantastic for golf, and to have two of our best players in
the world battling it out for a gold medal, it was great for the game. "I was delighted by how well it went and honestly, I was happy to be watching on TV."McIlroy got a taste of what he had missed out on at the Sheshan
International Golf Club course on Wednesday - as he entered the media
centre for a press conference, Stenson was leaving, clutching his
gleaming Olympic silver medal. But McIlroy still would not commit to going to Tokyo. Not yet anyway."Four years' time is a long way away, so we'll see what happens," said the four-time major winner.