ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The president of the International Olympic Committee says golf doesn’t have to do anything spectacular in its return to the Olympics except to have a good competition among the best players. The National Basteball Association players were coming and they were insisting on having a special hotel for them, renting whole floors of hotels, and after the competition they made a tour through the Olympic village.
The 2016 Olympics will host a golf tournament for men and women, with both events seeing 60 players contest a traditional 72-hole stroke play tournament.
Bach said that opinion was revised by the end.
“The athletes…will have to accept the Olympic standards during the next year prior to the Games and of course during the Games the first five will be tested on top of the random-testing and the targeted-testing during the Olympic period”, Thomas Bach told a news conference at the 144th British Open.
“This will very much depend then also on WADA… because if WADA will tell us that the non-compliant test procedures of PGA would have a negative impact on the Olympic requirements, then of course we’d have to take this into consideration, again, to have a level playing field for all the players and for all the athletes”.
Olympic chief Thomas Bach has advised the world’s top golfers to shun their accustomed luxury living and stay in the Olympic Village when golf returns to the Games next year.
“I asked him about Rio and talked to him that ‘I would like to welcome you next to Rio.’ And then he already said, ‘I would love to play, and I will do everything to qualify, but I’m not sure whether it will work, ‘” Bach said.
“Seeing what’s happening here, unfortunately maybe he was right, so I would really feel sorry for him, but this would in no way influence the quality of the Olympic tournament”, Bach said.
The worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) president, who won a team gold in fencing at the 1976 Games in Montreal, wants the likes of world number one Rory McIlroy and this year’s two-time major victor Jordan Spieth to mix with other athletes in Rio de Janeiro.
Bach was the latest to urge golf’s tour to come into full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency policy.