Rory McIlroy the world number one golfer has admitted that the heartfelt reaction by fans to an article in a British tabloid, claiming he has decided to choose the British team over the Irish team for the Rio 2016 Olympics is inaccurate and reaction to it, has led him to think deeply about his identity.
Chatting before the Championship climax in Atlanta, the young Irish champion golfer said, “After everything that happened last week it definitely makes me reconsider my position and reconsider a lot of things. I think it just really hit home with me how important it is for a lot of people and how important my success has been to them. Obviously I have had a lot of support from all sides, from people who call themselves Irish, from Northern Irish, to the whole of the UK, to people over here in the States. It just hit home with me at how my success is welcomed by everyone.”
Rory insists that has made no final decision on the matter and that he has plenty of time to think about this before the Olympics in 2016, adding that choosing one team over another is difficult for him as he does not want to seperate himself from people who support him.He said, “It would be terrible for me to nearly segregate myself from one of those group that supports me so much. It’s four years away andI still have a bit of time to decide. But, I’m very, very appreciative and very grateful of the support that I get from everyone. It’s great that I get so much support. There are not many people in my position that have to go through what I might have to go through in four years’ time, but it is what it is. I’m a golfer first and foremost and I just want to play well on the golf course. Hopefully people enjoy that and the entertainment that that brings.”
Rory McIlroy has represented Ireland on many occasions playing alongside Graeme McDowell in the World Cup.Rory was born and reared in Ireland of Irish parents.Rory is a name of Irish and Scottish origin. It is of the Irish Gaelic origin Ruaidhrí/Ruairí ("red king"), the name of Irish kings Ruaidrí na Saide Buide and Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, and the Scottish Gaelic Ruairidh/Ruaraidh explained by the clip above from Braveheart. Unfortunately the British use their tabloids and the BBC world service to politicize such matter even in sport and music, causing division and sectarianism to divide and conquer occupied Ireland, which fuels the sectarianism that murdered Rory's Uncle. The Irish flag above which Rory and Graeme McDowell both Catholic and Protestant have previously had no problem representing Ireland under its green white and orange flag which represents both traditions equally but outside interference is the problem. Sport ha snormally brought people together in Ireland such as the Irish rugby team and several other sports. The background to the story is covered below on Twitpic with Irish people having obviously strong feelings about the matter, where they have been re-tweeting the article below in support;