Thomas Bach

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - SCENE -

PRES­I­DENT, IOC

Na­tion­al­ity: Ger­man

Gold medal per­for­mance: Golf was a suc­cess at the Rio Olympics, de­spite the ab­sence of McIl­roy, Spi­eth and Day, the most charis­matic play­ers in the world.

Grow­ing the game: The Ladies Euro­pean Tour, and the women’s game in par­tic­u­lar, has much to gain from a me­dia plat­form that reaches far be­yond the nar­row con­fines of the golf chan­nels. Its fu­ture as an Olympic sport de­pends on a re­view headed by Bach.

Younger view­ers: Bach is un­der huge pres­sure to bring down the av­er­age age of the peo­ple watch­ing the Olympics, which is over 50. He has the power to con­tinue the golf ex­per­i­ment, and en­able golf unions to ac­cess gov­ern­ment fund­ing avail­able only to Olympic sports.

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