Respecting the decision of the canadian olympic Committee (COC) not to send any athletes for the olympic Games to Tokyo if they were organized this summer, Corey Conners and Adam Hadwin have breathed a sigh of relief. The report of Games to the next year only destroys more of their dream.
The two golfers canadians had stepped up its efforts to rise to the top of the world rankings for the past two years. The pandemic of the COVID-19 would have thwarted their plan, as well as thousands of athletes.
“This is only a postponement to 2021, launched from the outset Conners in a telephone interview with The Journalist andthe of Montreal from his home in Palm Beach, Florida. After the announcement of the COC, I was expecting that other committees that we follow and the Games are released. This is the right decision to organize it next year. ”
Since the Kansas, Hadwin crossed the fingers for a report. Wish.
Not without having hardly digested the news Sunday evening, Conners understood that the sport was not a priority in this period viral. The Ontario 28-year-old was thought, however, to the athletes who have worked hard in this olympic cycle. Like them, he planned to wander around the stage in Tokyo under the colors of canadian. The realization of his dream will be in the summer of 2021, if he maintains his world ranking.
Plan to come
On this subject, after the announcement of the postponement official Games, the international golf Federation (FIG) has not yet issued any response as to the new terms and conditions of the qualification process that had to be concluded at the end of June.
“According to me, the qualification period will be postponed, reported Hadwin, contacted by The Journal. It will all depend on the FIG and circuits. ”
“This is the big question mark, said Conners. We all worked hard for two years to participate. I would be happy that the period ends as planned on the 22 June. But this could be at the end of the year 2020. Thus, it would be fair to all. “
In men, the cut-off date was set at June 22. In the current context, the cancellation of eight tournaments on the PGA tour and the postponement of three tournaments, including two major championships, will limit the flare-ups in the standings.
Hadwin and Conners, respectively 55th and 66th on the global scale, were the representatives of Canada among the plateau of 60 golfers.
“Since the golf is back in the olympic program, I wanted to experience a taste. I remain excited to represent my country and to fulfill a dream, ” said Hadwin, who élancerait on the course is 7466 yards from the magnificent club Kasumigaseki.
In women, Brooke Henderson led the charge in the company of Alena Sharp. Henderson, 7th golfer in the world, represents an excellent chance to medal for Canada, all the more that it is successful on the journey of Asia.
She has declined all interview requests since the announcement of the COC, Sunday.
Ironically, the bad luck is bent on the Games of summer since the return to golf program in 2016 after an absence of 112 years. You will recall that in Rio, the virus Zika had scared a large number of athletes. Many celebrities from the world of golf stood out by their absence during the olympic tournament. This time, it is the turn of the COVID-19 to sow fear.
It is important to remember that after Japan, the golf tournament will also be presented at the Games in Paris in 2024.