The wrong decision
Winning an Olympic Gold has always been the pinnacle of most sportsmen’s dreams. You always had to be of amateur status to be eligible, but those days are sadly gone. I had my doubts when tennis got included purely on the basis that a Grand Slam was the dream, more so than a Gold Medal, which shouldn’t be the case. I cheered with the rest of the country when Andy Murray won, but it is obvious his main focus is on winning more Slams.
As such, including golf as an Olympic sport just doesn’t seem right either. The Zika virus has obliterated the field anyway with a number of high-profile absentees, but listening to several players, it is obvious that winning a Major is more important!
I just wish the Olympics bypassed professional sports where big money is already king. It doesn’t seem morally right and surely it detracts from the sportspeople who train for years just for the chance to represent their country, often at their own expense. Simon Thorpe, Southampton Finally: Henrik Stenson kisses the Claret Jug