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Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled the most frequently asked questions below. The relevant pages of our website contain more detailed information on these topics.

Olympic Games - General

How do athletes qualify for the Olympic Games?

The qualification system for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 is available on our Paris 2024 page.

What are the athlete nationality rules for the Olympic Games?

All regulations are outlined in the IGF Nationality Policy, available in the IGF Policies and Charters.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: Marianne Skarpnord of Norway celebrates with her birdie putt on the 16th hole during the second round of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Golf Course on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

What are the Olympic Golf Regulations?

The Olympic Golf Competitions are conducted in accordance with the IGF Olympic Golf Regulations and the Rules of Golf. Updated regulations for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will be available on our website once finalised.

How can I get tickets to the Olympic Games golf competition in Paris 2024?

Keep an eye on the Olympic Games Paris 2024 website.

I would like to volunteer at the Olympic Games. What do I have to do?

The Paris 2024 Organising Committee began recruitment in 2023. Please refer to their website.

Can I get an accreditation for the Olympic Games?

The IOC issues accreditation to the IGF for operational needs. National Federation Members wishing to request tickets, accreditation or accommodation for the Olympic Games, should refer to the National Olympic Committee of their country.

Who were the medalists in Tokyo 2020?

A full recap of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games competition, including the medalists, can be found in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 section.

Olympic Games photos

Use of IGF Pictures from Flickr account

The IGF provides Rights Free imagery and video content through the image and video hosting websites Flickr and YouTube (videos are available upon request). More information is available on our Media Centre page.


Please refer to the IGF's Anti-Doping page for all information.

Golf Previews Olympics: Day 4
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Shigeki Maruyama of Japan poses for a photo during practice for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Golf Course on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

World Amateur Team Championships

What are the World Amateur Team Championships (WATC)?

The World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur golf competition, held every two years.
When and where are the next WATC?

The French Golf Federation hosted the 2022 World Amateur Team Championships in Paris and the Emirates Golf Federation will play host in 2023 in Abu Dhabi. Traditionally held every two years, the WATC will uniquely be contested in both 2022 and 2023, after which time the championships will continue to take place in odd years. Singapore was selected as the site of the 2025 World Amateur Team Championships and Morocco will host the 2027 edition.

What do the teams win?

The winning team in the women’s competition receives custody of the Espirito Santo Trophy for the ensuing two years while the winning team in the men’s competition receives custody of the Eisenhower Trophy for the ensuing two years.

Further information may be found on the World Amateur Team Championships page.

Youth Olympic Games

What age are athletes at the Youth Olympic Games?

The Youth Olympic Games is a sporting event for young athletes aged from 15 to 18.

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Atthaya Thitikul THA and Vanchai Luangnitikul THA celebrate during the Golf Mixed Team Event at the Hurlingham Club during The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday 15th October 2018.
Photo: Joe Toth for OIS/IOC

When was golf first included on the Youth Olympic Games programme?

Golf made its debut at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in 2014 and was contested again in Buenos Aires in 2018. The next Youth Olympic Games, scheduled for Dakar, Senegal in 2022, have been postponed to 2026.

Further information may be found on the Youth Olympic Games page on this site.

FAQs - General

Where can I find the current Rules of Golf?

The Rules of Golf have developed over a period of more than 250 years and are written and revised by The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA). Since 1952, The R&A and USGA have worked closely to produce a joint code of Rules so that, wherever the game is played around the world, the same laws apply. View The R&A or the USGA website for more information about the Rules of Golf.

Are there any employment opportunities with the IGF?

All vacancies at the International Golf Federation are advertised on the IGF Employment page.

What are the IGF's contact details?

International Golf Federation
Maison du Sport International
Av. de Rhodanie 54, 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland
Tel: +41 21 623 12 12
Fax: +41 21 601 64 77
Email: info@igfmail.org

Still can't find what you are looking for? Please send your enquiry to info@igfmail.org

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