Golf ? an Olympic sport ? Really ?

It’s hard to belive this, but golf will be in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. 

tiger woodsSome of the richest men and women in world sport will get a chance to add an Olympic gold medal to their career stats.

Not everyone in the land of v-neck sweaters and check trousers is pleased. Darren Clarke thinks the Games are about amateur sports.

Others think that as long as sports like tennis (don’t get me started on that either) are there, then why not golf ?

Whoever said that golf was a “long walk spoilt” had a point, but doesn’t this devalue the Olympics (which if you haven’t guessed already, i love) still further ?

Here’s a comment from the Sky News site :

“Might as well bring in Formula 1 racing, Poker and fox hunting as olympic events.”

and another : “To add sports such as these, where Gold is not regarded as the ultimate prize, only devalues the whole olympic movement”

Agree ?

28 Responses to “Golf ? an Olympic sport ? Really ?”

  1. 1 steve
    October 9, 2009 at 15:12

    Come on, is curling really a sport? and that’s in the winter olympics. Is synchronized swimming a sport?

  2. 2 Mark Sandell
    October 9, 2009 at 15:17

    It’s not the merits of the sport itself, just the fact that – at the top end- they are a bunch of millionaires (billionaires in Mr Woods’ case)for whom an Olympic Gold will not be the pinnacle of what should be amatuer sport. The fact that i think it’s a nonsense sport is neither here nor there….

    • 3 Jessica in NYC
      October 9, 2009 at 16:12

      I wholly agree. As a child watching the Olympics use to be an exciting family event watching talented amateur athletics complete for the gold and move on to become professional athletes. It’s disgusting that the Olympic now allow professional athletes compete, especially for elite sports that are not available to undeveloped countries or even to the majority of people in developed nations who are not wealthy.

      US’s basketball team is staked with professional plays–how could any other country have a chance at the gold?

  3. 4 Mark Sandell
    October 9, 2009 at 15:18

    Apologies for typos above because of hasty typing. Not good enough.

  4. 5 steve
    October 9, 2009 at 15:20

    @ Mark

    They have professional basketball players in the Olympics who make millions as well. Same with NHL players. Why should Golf be treated differently?

    • 6 Jessica in NYC
      October 9, 2009 at 16:17

      That’s the point, no Steve? The line has been erased. Professional plays should not be allowed to complete in the Olympics. Furthermore, sports that are only available to the elite. Golf doesn’t pretend accessible poor people. I have no problem with golf as a sport, but when the likes of Tiger Woods are completing, no one else has a chance at the gold.

      Additionally, we must consider the cost. Rio will be expected to build a golf course that will likely only be used for the Olympics and then what?

  5. October 9, 2009 at 15:26

    How on earth does golf represent an olympic sport. Where in greek history did someone use a metal stick to hit balls as far as he could and then look for a hole to dispose of it to prove his or prowess to the gods. It is bad enough the Olympic sports are now mainly made up of professional sports persons, although I understand that in this day and age they need to be able to eat and train as a job but, at least most of the events relate back to the original games which I thought was suppose to be the idea of the Olympics. If you are going to bring in a new event it should be Darts at least the throwing of an arrow is representative of grecian events such as javelins or spears and relies on the ability of a persons anatomy their arm and not the type of club, its head and make of ball, and does not need a servant or caddy to carry its wares. But then it is not as rich as golf or as influential.

  6. 8 steve
    October 9, 2009 at 15:39

    @ David

    Something tells me the greeks didn’t do figure skating, downhill skiing, the luge, or bobsledding either, yet those are all in the olympics. Do you really think the Greeks would have had ice dancing?

  7. 9 gary
    October 9, 2009 at 16:52

    I think it is an acceptable inclusion. I don’t really think we need concern ourselves about what the Greeks did. Golf’s best players make lots of money and country clubs are fairly exclusive places, but there are a goodly number of middle class, weekend floggers out there. The game certainly requires some strength, but not so much as to make illegal steroids use a concern as is the case with many olympic sports. That’s definitely a positive. Certainly, talent, developed skills, good strategies, the weather, and dumb luck play a part in the outcome of every match It’s just one person playing against the elements and him or herself, so to speak. I don’t play or watch; but a fair number of folks do find it interesting, and perhaps they would more easily identify with the slightly older, rounder athletes that have found success in this sport.

  8. 10 T
    October 9, 2009 at 17:23

    Why was it allowed? One reason? Money. Second reason? Bringing in lots of pros to compete. Which then brings in even more money. Big mistake, IOC.

  9. 11 nora
    October 9, 2009 at 17:40

    Not one nod to the Scots for having an old family sport brought on board? Brazilians in kilts toasting their Scottish golf tourists jn the future….Has anyone designed a tartan for the event yet?

  10. 12 Tom D Ford
    October 9, 2009 at 18:01

    Golf is a big money business and the IOC business will make huge money from the sponsors, so it makes sense, in my opinion.

  11. 13 Sujit
    October 9, 2009 at 18:10

    Now that we are at it adding all the professional sport and their athlete’s bring laurels to their countries when countries in the 3rd world cant even afford watch the sport let alone play why not allow then the other populous sports like Formula 1, Rio already has a track. What a joke!!

  12. 14 Bert
    October 10, 2009 at 00:59

    The more professional sports and professional athletes are admitted into the Olympics, the more I lose interest in watching them.

  13. 15 John in Salem
    October 10, 2009 at 07:35

    On one hand it seems entirely reasonable to seriously consider any sport for inclusion that some people devote their lives to becoming the best at.
    And on the other hand there are lots of people out there devoting their lives to some seriously idiotic stuff.

    By the way, if you’re going to use the original Greek Games as a baseline for what is acceptable just imagine what it would look like today if it were all done authentically – in the nude.
    Now THAT would be interesting.

  14. 16 Maxine
    October 12, 2009 at 08:54

    Why bother with Golf in a competition- Tiger Woods can’t be beaten. He is fantastic.

  15. 18 Jim Newman
    October 12, 2009 at 11:48

    Hello Mark
    Across the board censorship. A bit like a book burning session.
    As my comments affront your agenda to such an extent why don’t you do the honest thing – make the final statement – and cross me off your list of subscribers.
    I’ll understand perfectly.

  16. 19 scmehta
    October 12, 2009 at 13:44

    From the spectators point of view, I do see a problem in drawing and managing their presence in large numbers; otherwise, golf will be a welcome inclusion in the Olympics.

  17. 20 Roberto
    October 12, 2009 at 14:34

    RE “” It’s not the merits of the sport itself, just the fact that – at the top end- they are a bunch of millionaires “”

    ———- This is also generally the case with track and field and swimming.

    This is how the Carl Lewises and Michael Phelps are able to dominate. They earn substantial appearance money in the off Olympic years and substantial sponsorships on their gold medals, allowing them to train professionally year round.

    The money has been substantial enough that PEDS entered the competition ages ago. The Olympics were a beautiful idea in the beginning, but they’ve become as corrupt and morally bankrupt as any mega bank corporate boardroom meeting from they way the venue is awarded to the picking of events.

    Golf is a wonderful game that at top levels is a difficult sport to master, but it would never fit into the spirit of the original Olympics.

  18. 21 Tom K in Mpls
    October 12, 2009 at 15:35

    Come on, it’s only the Olympics. the worlds most fickle and variable big money game show. Who cares…..

  19. 22 nora
    October 12, 2009 at 17:33

    I am already designing a rain forest tartan. I keep seeing jungle greens and yellows, some purple and scarlet….

  20. 23 vijay Pillai
    October 13, 2009 at 09:35

    Cricket was unheard of as an olympic sport two decades ago and now a regular feature.It is about time other major sports which were not considered track and field events so to speak those days as part of olympic as well.

  21. October 13, 2009 at 09:36

    Golf is a beautiful SPORT!

    There are interesting ways of scoring to make it a team sport, but as an individual sport it is sublime. Golf is the polar opposite of the 100 meter dash. And right now the world has the most amazing golfer of all times.

    Golf is a great addition to the Olympics!

  22. October 25, 2009 at 18:16

    Golf is a sport worthy of being in the Olympics, a game of true skill:)

  23. October 27, 2009 at 22:26

    not a problem including golf but why did the olympics rules change to allow professionals to compete rather than just amateurs?

  24. November 20, 2009 at 18:19

    Golf should not be on the olympic of 2016 as tennis or hockey and football. Those sports are going well… they just dont need promotion. How rich is Tiger Wood? its just unbelievable, do he really need to win a olympic medal?

  25. January 26, 2010 at 05:50

    Thanks,, you very good.. I like post you!

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