Justin Rose struck gold for Team GB four years ago in Rio and golf will once again form a key feature of the 32nd Olympiad in Tokyo when the re-arranged games take place in 2021.
The 2020 summer edition of the Olympics has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The games are now planned to take place between 23 July-8 August 2021 and will be hosted by Japan for the first time since 1964.
England Golf ambassador Rose fought off stiff competition from Sweden’s Henrik Stenson to claim gold in the men’s individual event in Brazil – the first time golf had been played at the Olympics since 1904.
South Korea’s Inbee Park won gold in the women’s individual event.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) are confident the Tokyo games will be “the most innovative ever organised”,and will rest on three fundamental principles.
- Striving for your personal best (achieving your personal best)
- Accepting one another (unity in diversity)
- Passing on a legacy for the future (connecting to tomorrow).
Japan broke new ground by becoming the first Asian nation to stage the Olympics in 1964.
It has also played host to two Winter Olympics – 1972 in Sapporo and 1998 in Nagano.
The selection policy for golf at the 32nd Olympiad has been announced by the International Golf Federation (IGF)
Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama will host the Olympic golf tournaments.
No dates have yet been announced for the re-scheduled men’s and women’s golf events, but these will be updated in due course.