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McIlroy considers bypassing 2016 Olympics

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Top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy might skip the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, over concerns about his country affiliation.

McIlroy is from Northern Ireland, which doesn't participate in the Olympics. His options are playing for Ireland or Great Britain, he told the BBC in an interview for a documentary.

"Play for one side or the other -- or not play at all because I may upset too many people," McIlroy said.

"I feel Northern Irish and obviously 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."

McIlroy stirred a controversy last year when he said he he felt more British than Irish, leaving the impression that he would play for the Brits in 2016.

"It was a moment, I don't want to say of weakness, but a moment of, I guess, frustration with it all," he told the BBC.

The 23-year-old has twice played for Ireland in the World Cup.
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