We have compiled the most frequently asked questions below. The relevant pages of our website contain more detailed information on these topics.
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Athletes, National Member Federations and National Olympic Committees should also refer to our Olympic Games Planning page and the Olympic Games Planning Update for specific information (accreditation, transport, accommodation, Olympic rules and regulations etc.) relating to the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Postponement
What are the new dates for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020?On 24 March 2020, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, together with the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, took the unprecedented decision to postpone the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This decision was taken to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community. The Games were subsequently rescheduled for exactly one year later, from 23 July to 8 August 2021. These Olympic Games will continue to be called Tokyo 2020, despite taking place in 2021.
When will the Olympic Golf competition be held in 2021?
The men's event will be staged from 29 July - 1 August and the women's event from 4 - 7 August 2021.
Have the Olympic Games Qualification Systems changed as a result of the postponement?
On 29 April 2020, the IOC and the IGF released a revised version of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Qualification System. In light of the one-year delay of the Olympic Games, athletes accumulate Olympic Golf Rankings (OGR) points through a period ending on 21 June 2021 for the men and 28 June 2021 for the women.
I have already bought tickets for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Are they still valid?
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games ticketing page includes information regarding tickets for the postponed Olympic Games.
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Competition
Where will the Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf competition be held?
Both the men's and women's Olympic Golf competitions will be held at the Kasumigaseki Country Club (KCC), located 71km from the Olympic Village.
What is the competition schedule?
The golf competition schedule may be found in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 section of our site.
What is the Games-time practice schedule?
The Games-time practice schedule can be found in the IGF Olympic Golf Regulations.
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Qualification
How do players qualify for the Olympic Games golf competition?
At Tokyo 2020, 60 players will be able to qualify for each of the men’s and women’s competition utilising the Official World Golf Rankings as a method of determining eligibility. The top-15 world-ranked players will be eligible for the Olympic Games, with a limit of four players from a given country. Beyond the top-15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top-15. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Qualification System contains more detailed information.
Where can I find the next athlete to qualify should an athlete on the Olympic Golf Ranking withdraw?
The reallocation reserve list shows which 5 athletes (in order) would take his/her place should a specific athlete withdraw from the Olympic Golf Ranking.
Does an athlete have to be inside the top 500 in the world ranking to be eligible?
No, there is no floor to the ranking number.
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Rules and Regulations
What are the Olympic Golf Regulations?
The IGF Olympic Golf Regulations state the overall rules, regulations and policies in place for the 2020 Olympic Golf Event in Tokyo 2020. The Olympic Golf Competition will be conducted in accordance with these Regulations and its appendices and the Rules of Golf.
What are the athlete nationality rules for the Olympic Games?
All regulations are outlined in the IGF Nationality Policy.
What are the rules regarding athlete and caddie clothing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020?
The policies regarding Athlete Uniform Guidelines and Caddie clothing may be found in the IGF Olympic Golf Regulations.
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Tickets & Accreditation
How can I buy tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games competitions?
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games ticketing page includes information regarding the purchase of Olympic Games tickets.
Can I get an accreditation for the Tokyo 2020 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.
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Volunteering
I would like to volunteer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. What do I have to do?
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games volunteer page includes volunteering information.
Olympic Games photos
Use of IGF Pictures from Flickr account
In the build-up to the Olympic Games and during the Games themselves, the IGF will provide 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.
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) shared among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, America and European-African.
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 on this site.
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.
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
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