Golf – Olympics: Day 15

Press Releases

  • LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (December 3, 2020) – The International Golf Federation Board convened a virtual meeting yesterday focused on long-term strategic planning and progress toward next summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Originally scheduled for the Olympic House in Lausanne but moved online due to the continued impact of COVID-19, the Board was addressed by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on the status of the Olympic movement and then followed by IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell, who provided updates and answered questions regarding preparations for Tokyo.
  • LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (October 23, 2020) – Due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IGF held its Biennial Meeting Tuesday in a “virtual” format. The meeting originally was scheduled to be held in Singapore during the 2020 World Amateur Team Championships.
  • LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (October 22, 2020) – The International Golf Federation has announced that the Emirates Golf Federation will host the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships, as voted upon Tuesday during the IGF biennial meeting, which was held virtually. This marks the first time the event, which dates back to 1958, will be held in the Middle East.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the 2020 WATC, the Biennial Meeting will be held virtually. To ensure its success and the smooth running of the Biennial Meeting, nominated NF representatives are requested to participate in a rehearsal on Friday 16 October 2020 at 12pm Central European Time that will by conducted by LUMI the company providing the technical support for the meeting.
  • President Macky Sall’s proposal was welcomed by IOC President Thomas Bach, following in-depth discussions on the subject. This postponement meets the requirement of responsibility and the concern for efficiency imposed by current circumstances.
  • The Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings (WWGR) Board of Directors today announced a plan to resume the rankings with a temporary modification which focuses on the individual athlete and the weeks when she competes. The Rankings were paused the week of March 16, 2020, as professional women’s golf remained inactive due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The IGF is pleased to open the bidding process for the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) to all IGF National Federation Members (NFMs). Following the vote of the 2018 Biennial Meeting, the 2023 WATC will become a one-course event per championship with a minimum number of 36 women’s teams and 36 men’s teams.
  • (24 June 2020) The Ladies European Tour (LET) has launched a fresh logo, new website and tag line, #RaiseOurGame, capturing the ambition of the new LPGA-LET joint venture partnership and a shared desire to keep moving women’s golf forward. The brand refresh includes a short film created in-house, capturing the passion and potential of the LET players, celebrating their hard work, dedication and perseverance.
  • The announcement that the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) would resume with last week’s return of the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour effectively marked the restart for the men’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Golf Rankings (OGR), as well. The OWGR and Women’s World Golf Rankings (WWGR), upon which the Olympic Golf Rankings are based, were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (May 6, 2020) – The International Golf Federation announced today that the 2020 World Amateur Team Championships scheduled for October have been cancelled due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision follows the IGF’s announcement in February that the biennial event for men and women, originally to be held in Hong Kong, was moving to Singapore due to ongoing social unrest in Hong Kong.
  • LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (29 April 2020) The International Golf Federation and International Olympic Committee have announced an adjustment to the qualifying system for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games to accommodate the new dates of competition in 2021. In light of the one-year delay, athletes now will accumulate Olympic Golf Rankings (OGR) points through a period ending on 21 June 2021 for the men and 28 June 2021 for the women.
  • The IGF commends the IOC and Tokyo 2020 for the swiftness of this decision to announce the new dates for the staging the Olympic Games from 23 July – 8 August 2021. The IGF believes these dates provide the best opportunity for our athletes to compete in a safe environment as well as enabling the Games to fit into the golf calendar for 2021, thus ensuring the best possible field for the Olympic Games.
  • 2018 Eisenhower Trophy
    Denmark win first Eisenhower Trophy in Ireland
    The team from Denmark poses with the Eisenhower Trophy (left to right): captain Torben Henriksen Nyehuus, John Axelsen, Nicolai Hojgaard, and Rasmus Hojgaard.
  • France has been selected as the site of the 2022 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC), the International Golf Federation (IGF) announced at its Biennial Meeting. This will mark the third time the championships have been played in France.
  • NUMBER OF TEAMS – A record-tying total of 72 teams have entered the 31st World Amateur Team Championship, tying the mark set in Turkey in 2012. DEFENDING CHAMPION – Australia is vying to become the first team to win consecutive WATC titles since the USA in 2012 and 2014.
  • USA 2018 Espirito Santo Trophy
    USA wins first Espirito Santo Trophy in 20 years
    United States of America team members (left to right); Lilia Vu, and captain Stasia Collins, Jennifer Kupcho, and Kristen Gillman.(Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)[/caption] Rapid Recap The USA won the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy for the 14th time with a flourish.
  • ARGENTINA Magdalena Simmermacher, 22, is representing Argentina in the WWATC for the third time. In 2017 Simmermacher won the Argentine Women’s National Championship and aided Argentina’s National Team in earning the Copa Los Andes title.
  • In June, the executive board of the International Olympic Committee recommended golf – as well as the other 27 sports from last year’s summer Games – be included in the program for the 2024 Games, and on Friday the lineup was approved at the 130th IOC session. Golf returned to the Olympics for the first time in more than 100 years in 2016 in Rio and was also approved to be part of the 2020 Games.
  • The executive board of the International Olympic Committee officially announced that Paris will host the 2024 Summer Games and Los Angeles will get the ’28 Olympics. The two cities, which were considered the leading bids to host the ’24 Games, had already agreed to alternate as hosts and the executive board, which is meeting this week in Lima, Peru, approved the lineup.
  • Golf will remain in the Olympics through at least 2024. The International Olympic Committee Executive Board on Friday approved that all 28 sports from the 2016 Games in Rio will return in 2024.
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