LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (July 6, 2021) – The names of the 60 men and 60 women who will represent their respective countries at the Tokyo Olympics have been confirmed with the publication of the final odds for the tournaments at Kasumigaseki Country Club. The men will compete from July 29th to August 1st and the women from August 4th to 7th.
After the Final Olympic Golf Rankings were set with the completion of the recent Men’s US Open and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the National Olympic Committees (NOKs) had to approve the athletic courses they used as each NOK has its own criteria for the final nominations . The IGF, in turn, reassigned all unused quota places before yesterday’s sports registration deadline for Tokyo 2020.
“We are delighted with the strength and diversity of both the men’s and women’s fields that reflect the continued growth and popularity of golf,” said Annika Sorenstam, president of the International Golf Federation, which oversees the Olympic golf competition. “We have such wonderful stories to share, be it Jon Rahm and Nelly Korda, who both won major championships in the final week of qualifying to become number one in the world, or the variety of lesser-known but equally inspiring stories from Olympic athletes. “who represent their respective countries.”
With 36 countries for women and 35 for men, the composition of the Olympic fields underlines the broad global interest in golf and the opportunity to reach a new audience on all continents through extensive coverage of the Olympic Games. In the two competitions, Europe has 53 qualified players, Asia 30, America 26, Oceania six and Africa five.
Golf is keen to build on the success of its return as an Olympic sport at the 2016 Rio Olympics, having achieved internationally significant numbers after more than 100 years of absence and being seen by a younger, more gender-neutral audience than this generally reached for professional golf events. In fact, golf ranked the seventh most popular sport in Rio in terms of fan engagement around the world.
Click here to view the final fields for the men’s and women’s Olympic golf competitions.