Swim­mer ques­tions golf Olympic in­clu­sion

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aUS­TraLIaN swimming great Dawn Fraser reignited the de­bate about whether golf de­served to be part of the Olympics af­ter she crit­i­cised com­pa­triot adam Scott’s ( de­ci­sion to skip the Rio Games. a gold medal­list at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics, Fraser ac­cused the world num­ber seven golfer of putting money ahead of na­tional pride. “Very sorry to hear that Adam Scott can­not fit it into his sched­ule to play for aus­tralia at the Olympics,” Fraser, 78, wrote on Face­book. “Well done Adam... great to put your country on hold so that you can ful­fill your own sched­ule. How much money do you want in life? Not show­ing much for your


country... I guess work­ing three jobs a week to se­cure my place as an Olympic swim­mer has given me the strength to say what I feel about sports­men and women that do this.”

Scott an­nounced dur­ing the week he would not com­pete in rio, where golf will re­turn to the Olympic pro­gramme af­ter a 112year ab­sence, be­cause of sched­ul­ing con­flicts “and other com­mit­ments, both per­sonal and pro­fes­sional”.

Golf was brought in for the rio de Janeiro Olympics on­wards, along with rugby, with the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee ea­ger to tap into new mar­kets and win new view­ers with the two sports.

Scott is one of three high-pro­file golfers to have with­drawn from the Games. Fiji’s for­mer world num­ber one Vi­jay Singh and South african Louis Oosthuizen have also pulled out.

“I have al­ways rep­re­sented South africa with pride so didn’t make my de­ci­sion with­out a great deal of thought,” 2010 Bri­tish Open win­ner Oosthuizen said in a state­ment.

“I would like to wish our golfers and all other ath­letes com­pet­ing in Brazil all the very best for suc- cess.”

Not all top play­ers have turned their backs on the Olympics, how­ever, with world num­ber two Jor­dan Spi­eth of the United States hop­ing to make the jour­ney to Rio.

“When I was re­ally young, I al­ways thought of the Olympians that walked in the open­ing ceremonies as the great­est-ath­letesin-the-world type of thing,” Spi­eth said.

“But once I chose golf, I didn’t think it would ever be a re­al­ity. To be one of those ath­letes ... I would never for­get that cer­e­mony and that walk, walk­ing with the Amer­i­can flag ... it will be awe­some if I can make that team.”

Euro­pean Sol­heim Cup player Melissa reid also har­bour hopes of mak­ing it to Rio.

“I’d love to be a part of the Olympics,” the part-time snow­boarder and foot­ball player told Reuters.

“I pride my­self on be­ing a bit of an ath­lete and to be part of some­thing as spe­cial as the Olympics would be the high­light of my ca­reer.”

The rio Olympics take place from 5-31 au­gust with the men’s golf tour­na­ment end­ing on 14 Au­gust. — Reuters

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