Should Golf Be An Olympic Sport?
The debate on whether golf should be an Olympic sport still seems to divide opinions. Golf doesn’t fall into the category of “edge of the seat excitement”, but that is not to say it cannot be exciting, just ask devoted golf fans.
One issue with golf is that if there isn’t a suitable golf course to accommodate it as an Olympic event then one would have to be developed. Considering the amount of land required for a complete course, this may not be practical.
The question should be asked, “What can golf bring to the Olympics and what can the Olympics bring to golf?” The short answer on both counts is probably not a great deal.
What does a bloated international sports festival like the Olympics need less than just about anything else?
How about a sport that fits comfortably neither with the traditional Olympic ideals of “faster, higher, stronger” nor the younger generation of viewers the International Olympic Committee craves?
How about a sport that requires a host to maintain and secure (and perhaps even build) a venue covering 100 to 200 acres, far larger than Beijing’s expansive canoeing/kayaking/rowing venue?
How about a sport in which scores of competitors already earn more than a million dollars in a single year in prize money, plus riches galore from sponsorship, with very little to add to their portfolios by playing in the Games?
That sport is golf, and of course, it’s one of the sports the IOC added to the Olympic programme in 2009. With this year’s PGA Championship upon us and the Games one year away, the sport is still as awkward an addition to the Olympic lineup as Gary Cherone was to Van Halen.
Golf is especially difficult in Rio de Janeiro, which was chosen as host city before golf was added. Nothing says “congratulations on your winning Olympic bid” like adding a few cost-intensive complications before the celebration is done.
Rio, like a few prospective Olympic hosts in the Southern Hemisphere, isn’t covered with golf courses. Golf simply isn’t a big sport in Brazil, with only four players ranked in the world’s top 1,000.
For most Olympic sports, that’s not an issue. If your country isn’t teeming with beach volleyball players and dedicated courts, just get some high-quality sand and some bleachers, and you can play anywhere. No handball? All you need is a gym that you can easily hand off to a basketball team when the Games are over.
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