The Olympics are one of the most anticipated sporting events in the world and one of the few events that brings together almost every country on the planet. And Golf looks to be in the spotlight in the Olympic games for the foreseeable future.
After consideration from the International Olympic Committee’s executive board, the group recommended that golf remains an Olympic sport through the 2024 Olympics. The sport had previously been accepted for the 2020 Olympics and the decision to add another year reassures that golf will be a longstanding sport in every four years.
Golf only returned to the Olympics in 2016 after being absent from the world stage for over 100 years. It returned triumphantly, with many fans coming out to watch. This was especially surprising because the 2016 Olympics were played in Rio de Janeiro, an area where golf isn’t looked on as popularly as soccer or baseball.
Because of the success, many players were not surprised that golf is expected to be picked up for a third straight Olympics. Seamus Power, who tied for 15th in the Rio Olympics said that “It’s going to be great to grow golf. The amount of public viewing for the Olympics is just astronomical, it’s going to grow the game and generate new interest in new countries.” He also said that he expects even more popularity and growth at the 2020 event in Tokyo.
The number of fans that come out to support golf on the Olympic stage could get even bigger in 2024 as well, depending on the location of the event. The finalists to host the best athletes in the world is down to Paris and Los Angeles. If the U.S. is able to land the Olympics in 2024, many golf fans will flock to Holywood to witness an event that one of their statesmen has a serious chance of winning the gold.
Regardless of where the Olympics are played in 2024, it is good to see that golf will remain a staple of the events and we will see if Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Matt Kuchar are able to rack up any more medals.