OCI Statement on Shane Lowry’s decision to withdraw from consideration for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

28 June 2016 – Dublin, Ireland: The OCI is disappointed to hear of the news that Shane Lowry is withdrawing from Rio 2016 due to his concerns over the Zika virus.


However, as we have always said, it is down to the individual and of course we respect Shane’s decision, which he has taken for personal reasons.


The OCI already note that we are very fortunate to have three time major champion Pádraig Harrington who now looks likely to gain automatic qualification. Seamus Power is currently the next highest ranked Irish player and his possible qualification will be determined on the 11th July.


We continue to follow the IOC’s recommendations, as well as the recommendations of the Rio 2016 organisers, the World Health Organisation and national health authorities, to ensure that Team Ireland’s athletes are kept fully updated with the latest and best advice and that they are equipped to take all necessary precautions.


The OCI regularly updates the private Team Ireland app guidelines and we have held a number of sport seminars and workshops for team leaders, coaches and medical support staff. The OCI is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring the welfare of Team Ireland’s athletes at Rio 2016.




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Nick Dawes – [email protected]; +44 (0) 7557 435 851


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