Olympics Postponed to 2021 Due to Coronavirus
The 2020 Olympic Games, which was set to include golf, will be postponed to 2021 due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus across the globe.
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“These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organization of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in a statement.
The Olympics will now take place starting on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
“The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020 also have the added benefit that any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum. Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented,” the IOC added.
The postponement comes as there are more than 345,297 cases of coronavirus across the globe, including 35,146 in the U.S.
Golf is scheduled to be part of the summer olympics for just the fourth time in history.
Golf in the Olympics
Golf was featured in the Summer Olympics in 1900 and 1904, before disappearing from the games for more than 100 years.
At the IOC session in Copenhagen in October of 2009, golf was restored in the olympics, making its debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Justin Rose won the gold medal, Henrik Stenson took home the silver and Matt Kuchar got the bronze.