Golf and Rugby Sevens
Rugby I can understand, as sevens is quick, fun and has a lot of spectator appeal.
The sport has also grown massively over the last few years and teams from all the continents do well competing in it, which gave its bid a huge push.
Golf has merely been included for economic reasons (Read: BIG sponsors) and this irritates me no end, as squash should really have gotten the second slot.
Sure, times are tough and hosting the Olympics must be a huge financial undertaking, but I just can't get behind golf in the Olympics, as the decision was not made in the 'Olympian spirit' the IOC always flaunts.
Also, little 14 year old girls can twirl streamers around and get a Olympic medal, all the while the squash
players around the world can't. It's just plain wrong.
My reasons golf shouldn't be in:
1. Golf is played all over the world, but is probably the most expensive sport to practice at in the Olympics, getting in the way of billions of people having access to the game.
2. The long period a golf tournament is played over outdoors, means one player could face horrendous conditions, while another player can be lucky and have much better conditions. Think 1st pair tee-off in beautiful sunshine, while the last pair may have bad winds and even rain, which also changes the way greens, fairways and bunkers play.
3. Golf is a massive professional sport, with many major competitions and big money. The sport doesn't need Olympic exposure like some other sports, like squash.
4. John Daly