BERLIN – International Olympic leaders have selected golf and rugby for proposed inclusion in the 2016 Summer Games, rejecting bids from baseball, softball and three other sports.The International Olympic Committee executive board narrowed the field to two sports Thursday from a list of seven, which also included squash, karate and roller sports.
The board will submit golf and rugby sevens – a faster-paced version of the standard 15-a-side game – for ratification by the full 106-member IOC assembly in Copenhagen in October.
The board also gave approval to the inclusion of women’s boxing in the 2012 London Olympics. Boxing had been the only summer Olympic sport without women competitors.
The golf decision opens the possibility of Tiger Woods playing for an Olympic gold medal in 2016.
IOC president Jacques Rogge said he is “absolutely” sure that Woods and other top players will compete if the sport gets final approval.
“Who is one of the major icons of the world? Tiger Woods,” Rogge told The Associated Press. “This is a very important sport.”
The 15-member board selected the proposed sports for 2016 by secret ballot over several rounds, with the sport receiving the fewest votes eliminated each time. Rogge, who chairs the board, did not vote.
Rugby was the clear winner overall, getting seven votes in the first round and a majority of nine in the second. In a separate ensuing vote, golf needed four rounds to get through. Karate led the first round with five votes, with golf getting three. Golf then got six votes in the second, seven in the third and nine in the fourth.