RIO 2016: GOLF, OOSTHUIZEN RULED OUT OF OLYMPICS

RIO 2016: GOLF, OOSTHUIZEN RULED OUT OF OLYMPICS

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RIO 2016: GOLF, OOSTHUIZEN RULED OUT OF OLYMPICS

– South Africa’s  Oosthuizen will not take part in 2016 Olympics in Brazil

– He has opted out due to family and schedule reasons

RIO 2016: GOLF, OOSTHUIZEN RULED OUT OF OLYMPICS
Louis Oosthuizen

RIO 2016: GOLF, OOSTHUIZEN RULED OUT OF OLYMPICS

One of Golf’s finest player at the moment Louis Oosthuizen has pulled out of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

The  game’s world number 12 will not be able to represent his country South Africa at the coming Games in South America country Brazil.

South African Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn from this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of family and schedule issues.

The 33-year-old has hence followed the path of  Fiji’s former world number one Vijay Singh and Australia’s 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, all of whom have decided not compete at the event.

“I didn’t make my decision without a great deal of thought,” Oosthuizen said.

RIO 2016: GOLF, OOSTHUIZEN RULED OUT OF OLYMPICS

Three-time major winner Singh said last week that fears over the Zika virus would prevent him competing in Brazil, while world number seven Scott pulled out in order to focus on the PGA Tour.

Golf was included in the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

Though golf has not featured in the Olympics since the 1904 Summer Olympics, the session of the 121st IOC Session held in 2009 chose to re-introduce the sport for the games.

With the rapid expansion and globalization of the sport, the 121st International Olympic Committee recommended adding golf back into the Summer Olympics.

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Ty Votaw, was the Executive Vice President of Communications and International Affairs and Vice President of the International Golf Federation, along with Peter Dawson.

Dawson was the president of the IGF and chief executive of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and were both at the forefront of making golf once again an Olympic sport.

Prior to the vote to reinstate golf into the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympic Games, a presentation by a group of golf ambassadors helped sway the 121st session of the International Olympic Committee.

These ambassadors included Dawson and Votaw, along with golf professionals Pádraig Harrington of Ireland, Michelle Wie of the United States, Suzann Pettersen of Norway and 16-year-old 2009 British Amateur champion Matteo Manassero of Italy.

Dawson was quoted saying “We are extremely grateful that Padraig, Michelle, Suzann and Matteo were able to join us to help communicate the genuine interest world-class players of all ages share in golf becoming an Olympic sport.

On 9 October 2009, the International Olympic Committee had their final vote and the vote passed, which officially made golf an Olympic sport for the 2016 and 2020 Summer games

RIO 2016: GOLF, OOSTHUIZEN RULED OUT OF OLYMPICS