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Rory McIlroy Will Play For Ireland In The 2016 Olympics.
# 1 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 13:13
It's just been announced that Rory McIlroy will represent Ireland at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. A bit of a surprise as I was sure he'd be on team GB.

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# 2 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 16:03
That's cool - I fully expected him to play for GB due to vastly increased sponsorship opportunities. Great news for Ireland.
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# 3 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 16:07
I would say it's the other way round, he will be the biggest star on the Irish team so will get the big offers. If he went with team GB, he would have to compete for sponsorship with a host of sporting stars from track, cycling etc.
# 4 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 16:11
Does he not have sponsorship already?
# 5 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 16:22
Sponsorship contracts aren't indefinite and a clever business/sports person will always be looking for more.
# 6 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 18:25
The Olympics doesn't allow sponsorship.


McIlroy, 25, from Northern Ireland, was eligible to play for Great Britain or Ireland and his choice has been the subject of ongoing speculation.

At one stage, McIlroy said he might not participate to avoid offending anyone.

"I have been thinking about the decision a lot and remembered all the times I represented Ireland as an amateur," he said on Wednesday.

"I've played for Ireland my whole life and there's no reason to change that now - it's just a continuation of what I've done.

"It's a decision I feel comfortable with and I'll be proud to represent Ireland in 2016.

"I'm 100% sure it's the right decision for me and I hope people respect my decision."

McIlroy revealed his decision on the eve of the Irish Open, which is being played at Fota Island in County Cork.

"Just because now that I'm playing golf for money and I'm a professional, I'm supposed to have this choice or this decision to make, where if you look at the rugby players, you look at cricketers or hockey players, they view Ireland as one, the same as we do in golf.

"I don't think there's any point to change that or go against that just because it's a different event or it's the Olympics."

The golfer, from Holywood in County Down, has twice played in the World Cup for Ireland - both times alongside fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell.

He is one of the biggest stars in the game and won the US Open in 2011 and the US PGA Championship a year later.

# 7 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 18:30
Eh they kinda do, the whole thing was sponsored by a host of brands last time. I worked on it so that's a load of nonsense.
# 8 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 18:32
Can you show me one photo with a sponsors logo at any Olympic event, ever?
# 9 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 18:39
Let me rephrase that. The games are sponsored.
The athletes are not.
# 10 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 18:45
And I am wrong.
They changed the rules.

# 11 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 19:16
Still hate him.
# 12 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 19:20
he's lovely
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# 13 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 19:41
Someone said :
Still hate him.

Hate him? Why?
# 14 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 19:43
Someone said :

Hate him? Why?

For breaking Caroline's heart perhaps?
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# 15 : Wednesday 18-6-2014 @ 20:18
Someone said :

Hate him? Why?

I just find him loathsome. Not sure the source of that feeling but I do.
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