Golf among 28 sports approved for the initial Sports programme of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (February 3, 2022) – Golf will definitely be returning to the sports programme of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games (LA28), as determined by the 139th Session of the International Olympic Committee held in Beijing, China.
Golf’s inclusion as one of 28 sports approved for the initial programme followed the recommendations by the Olympic Programme Commission and the IOC Executive Board following the success of golf at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“We are thrilled to receive confirmation of golf’s continued inclusion in the Olympic Games,” said Annika Sorenstam, President of the International Golf Federation, which oversees the Olympic golf competition. “Following such highly successful and compelling events for both men and women in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, we believe golf has solidified itself as a sport worthy of the Olympics and one that truly embodies the Olympic spirit. We now look forward to working in partnership with LA28 and to welcoming the world’s best golfers to Riviera Country Club in 2028 ”
Despite the postponement of the Games due to COVID-19 and the challenges this created in delivering the golf events, Tokyo 2020 nonetheless proved to be a wonderful experience for our athletes. Highlights included five countries being represented in the medal ceremonies with the USA sweeping gold between Xander Schauffele and World No. 1 Nelly Korda; Japan’s own Mone Inami beating 2016 silver medalist Lydia Ko in a playoff to win her own silver medal, with Ko becoming the first repeat medalist by winning bronze; Slovakia representative Rory Sabbatini winning men’s silver with an Olympic record 61; and Chinese Taipei’s C.T. Pan emerging from a star-studded, 7-way playoff to win bronze after a making the playoff with a closing round of 63.
About the International Golf Federation
The IGF is composed of 151 Member Federations, from 146 countries, representing more than 60 million people who play golf. All national golf federations affiliated to the IGF are being included in the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of their countries. The IGF is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the international federation for golf. In addition to the World Amateur Team Championships, the IGF also organizes the golf competitions at the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games.