Golf and Rugby Voted Olympic Sports

Friday, October 09, 2009

Golf and rugby will join trampoline, synchronized swimming and badminton as summer Olympic sports.

The decision became official Friday when the International Olympic Committee voted to include the two new sports in the 2016 and 2020 Summer Games, the Associated Press reported.

Leading up to the vote, game officials and superstar athletes made presentations advocating on behalf of their respective sports.

"Rugby and Rio were made for each other," Mike Miller, the secretary-general of the International Rugby Board told the committee. "A great atmosphere, great sport and a good time. And I think that's what the Olympic Games are going to be all about."

Four years ago, the Olympics committee rejected both sports for the summer games. Golf faced tough questions from the committee about the high cost and exclusivity of the sport.

Tiger Woods spoke on golf's behalf from the Presidents Cup in San Francisco.

"There are millions of young golfers worldwide who would be proud to represent their country," Woods said. "It would be an honor for anyone who plays this game to become an Olympian."

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