Peter Dawson speaks about golf s Olympic ambition

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"I think it will enhance the Olympics," Dawson said of the proposal to include golf at the 2016 Games, "and on the other hand, the Olympics will bring great benefits to the game of golf."

Dawson went on to point out that the high level of worldwide participation in golf - roughly 60 million players in 120 countries - makes it the most popular participation sport not currently included in the Olympic programme. And with 10 different nationalities being represented within the top-20 of the men"s Official World Golf Ranking, it"s evident that the game"s best players as well as grassroots players come from across the world.

The International Golf Federation is currently preparing a bid for golf"s inclusion in the 2016 Olympics, a bid which will be decided upon in Copenhagen next October during the same IOC meeting that will decide the host city for 2016. Golf will compete against baseball, softball, karate, rugby sevens, squash and roller sports for two vacant slots in the Olympic programme.

One potential problem that critics of golf"s Olympic credentials have brought up is the issue of scheduling a further tournament in to a busy summer. The R&A's Chief Executive explained, however, that the organisers of all the game"s top golf Tours and Major Championships are all fully committed to the Olympic bid, and with a seven-year notice period fixing any scheduling problems would be very straightforward.

In addition, Dawson believes that the lure of winning a gold medal for their country would attract the game"s best players to any Olympic Golf tournament.

"It would mean a great deal, not just for the top players but for the way it will help us grow the game in countries where it is just starting," he added. "Golf would continue to grow at a faster pace as a result, and that"s what I really want to see."

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