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Representatives of the International Golf Federation (IGF) formally presented their case for golf to become an Olympic sport with the International Olympic Committee Programme Commission at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A and Joint Secretary of the IGF, and PGA Tour executive Ty Votaw, Executive Director of the IGF Olympic Golf Committee made the presentation which highlighted worldwide participation and diversity; the sport’s economic and charitable impact; and its commitment to the youth of the world.
“Golf truly is an international sport, with 60 million people playing the game in nearly 120 countries,” Dawson stated. “And it continues to grow with new initiatives being implemented all over the world to teach the game to both young and old. We believe the time is right for golf to be brought back to the Olympic Games.”