Tiger says he'd play in Olympics

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Updated: August 12, 2009 06:39 IST
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Tiger Woods is interested in winning an Olympic gold medal.

Woods has indicated he would play in the Olympics if golf became part of the program in 2016. The International Olympic Committee executive board is to meet tomorrow in Berlin to recommend two sports for inclusion in the 2016 games. Golf and rugby sevens are considered the favorites.

Golf has not been part of the Olympics since 1904. Woods, who has completed the career Grand Slam three times, felt it should have been an Olympic sport a while ago. He then was asked if he would compete.

"If I'm not retired by then, yeah," Woods said at the US PGA Championship. Asked again if he would play, Woods nodded his head and said, "Yep".

It was his most definitive comments about his participation in the Olympics. Woods will be 40 for the 2016 Games.

Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Annika Sorenstam and other players have helped promote golf's bid to get into the Olympics. It would be a stroke-play competition over 72 holes if accepted.

"I think that golf is a truly global sport, and I think it should have been in the Olympics a while ago," he said.

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