Lausanne, Switzerland: The International Golf Federation (IGF) has welcomed the news that golf is set to remain in the Olympic Games through at least 2024.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board has approved that all 28 sports from the 2016 Rio Games will return in 2024.
A statement released by the IGF said: “The IGF is gratified to learn of the IOC Executive Board’s decision to include golf in its recommendation for the Olympic Games Programme in 2024.
“We look forward to learning the outcome of the final vote at the IOC Session in September.
“We were always confident that golf would deliver exciting men’s and women’s competitions in Rio de Janeiro and even at that, it exceeded our expectations. Now, we are excited to build upon the success from last year as we prepare for the 2020 Games in Tokyo and, hopefully, beyond.”
The recommendation of the IOC Executive Board is set to be ratified by all IOC members at the 130th IOC Session in the Peruvian capital of Lima on September 13.
On that date, it will also be announced whether the 2024 Olympics will be hosted by Paris or Los Angeles.
Golf will be played in the 2020 Games at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Tokyo.
Golf made its return to the Olympics in 2016 for the first time since 1904. England’s Justin Rose and Korean Park In-bee won the gold medals while China’s Feng Shanshan struck bronze.
It had already been confirmed that golf would remain part of the Olympic programme for Tokyo in 2020. However, questions had been raised about golf’s longer-term future as an Olympic event.
Many of the world’s leading male golfers were conspicuous by their absence from the Rio Games – Rory McIroy, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth among the high-profile players to withdraw.