Thursday, August 13, 2009
CHASKA, Minn. – Rugby and golf are the two probable sports to be added to the 2016 Olympic Games, a senior Olympic official told Golfweek from Berlin on Wednesday night after IOC discussions on the matter.
The Olympic official said representatives of the five other sports in the running came away from the talks convinced that rugby and golf would get the nod. The IOC discussed the contenders Wednesday and are scheduled to vote and make an announcement Thursday.
Golf has been part of the Olympics twice – the 1900 Paris Games and the 1904 St. Louis Games. The 21st-century push has the support of such heavyweights as Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam. Woods said earlier this week that, should he not be retired by 2016, he would play.