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Get ready for a Tiger assault on Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The International Olympic Committee voted on Friday to accept golf — and rugby — back on to the Olympic programme, starting in Rio in seven years’ time.
Golf last featured at an Olympics in 1924. Ninety-two years on, the sight a lot of people will want to see is Tiger Woods attempting to crown his glorious careeer with an Olympic gold medal.
As for rugby, it will be the Sevens version of the sport that makes it on to the schedule for 2016. Rugby Sevens is a fast-paced game, very popular in palces like Samoa, Tongo and Fiji, and the argument the sport’s leaders used was that it could see a number of smaller countries make the medals board.
PHOTO: International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge speaks at a news conference after an IOC board meeting on the inclusion of rugby and golf in Berlin, August 13, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Pierre de Coubertin must be turning in his grave at the news that golf, surely the globe’s ultimate consumerist, exclusive sport, is set to be played at the 2016 Olympics.
The Frenchman revived the ancient Olympic Games at the end of the 19th century to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship and amateur ideals of a bygone era.