Golf sends Olympics out of swing
With the hot Rio sun will come three new sports to the Olympic Spectrum: golf, kite-surfing, and rugby sevens.
With the inclusion of golf, this means Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Phil Michelson – all legends of the sport – will now be attending the Olympics.
While these superstars will no doubt bring spectators and cash, their inclusion raises concerns about the true purpose of the games.
Should it not be seen as the pinnacle of a sport? Should it not be the making of four long years of blood, sweat and tears, the crowing pinnacle of sporting achievement? Yet this would not be the case for golf, for nothing will take away from the supremacy of the majors.
The same could be said for tennis. While taking nothing away from Andy Murruy’s supreme win, he is yet to win a major and this feeling will continue to loom over his career. His performance will not be raised in the same heroic light as Moe Farrah track brilliance, or Usain Bolt’s dominance on the track.
It is my opinion that tennis and golf should pave way for the return of softball and baseball, sports in which the gold medal is seen as the be all and end all.
That is the true Olympic spirit after all: athletes coming, giving their best, their all, for the ultimate prize.