Players back golf's Olympic push- 15 Apr 2009 00:00:00
Tiger Woods is among a raft of players who have written to the International Olympic Committee giving their support to golf’s inclusion as an Olympic sport from the 2016 Games.
Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie and Woods are among 18 players who have all sent letters of support to IOC members from their countries.
The campaign is being organised by the International Golf Federation, who hope to get the sport included in 2016.
Golf is one of seven sports being considered for inclusion in the Olympics. The others are baseball, karate, roller sports, rugby sevens, softball and squash.
The IOC can only add a maximum of two from that list, and are due to make their decision in August.
As well as the letters, the players also included a 32-page dossier on why golf should be included in the Games, containing information on how many people play the sport around the world.
Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam, global ambassadors for the campaign, have sent the same documents to IOC representatives from 75 other countries.
Golf last was an Olympic sport in 1904 in St Louis when the United States and Canada were the only countries competing.
The other players who are sending the material to their respective IOC representatives are: Karrie Webb (Aus); Mike Weir (Can); Camilo Villegas (Col); Vijay Singh (Fij); Gwladys Nocera (Fra); Bernhard Langer (Ger); Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind); Ai Miyazato (Jpn); KJ Choi (Kor); Lorena Ochoa (Mex); Suzann Pettersen (Nor); Ernie Els (SA); Sergio Garcia (Spa); Yani Tseng (Tpe).