After last year’s boycott by the world’s best golf players citing the Zika virus as their excuse not to attend the Games in Rio, the latest controversy to rock Olympic golf is the men-only rule at the private Tokyo club where the tournament is to be hosted in 2020. Despite the game of golf being reintroduced to the Olympics after a 112-year hiatus, a cause for both nostalgia and celebration for the sport, there has continued to be political difficulties surrounding its return.
The Kasumigaseki Country Club currently does not allow women to become full members or play on Sundays and it is this discrimination that has triggered a widespread backlash. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has now issued a warning that they will move the 2020 event if they do not update their policies this year.
“I respect it’s a private club but our position is clear. We will only go to a club that has non-discrimination,” said IOC vice-president John Coates.
World number one and Rio 2016 silver medallist Lydia Ko has said that she wants to see the bar to women at the club lifted, while the Japan Golf Council – a group aimed at modernising the game – has sent the IOC a letter recommending an alternative course. Luckily, in Tokyo, there are plenty to choose from. In fact, Japan is a nation that can be considered “golf-crazy”, with a big portion of the population being regular players and the country boasting over 3,440 courses within its borders.
Four of the top courses in the world are within driving distance of the capital as many classic courses were designed and built in and around Tokyo in the early part of the 20th century. A particular favourite with tourists lies about two hours south of Tokyo on the Izu Peninsula. Along Sagami Bay, the Fuji course at Kawana Hotel overlooks Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji offering a breath-taking backdrop for play.
So if you’re looking for a completely unique golfing experience or simply want to sample Japanese cuisine among the neon-lit streetscapes of Tokyo and stand atop one of the metropolis’s sleek skyscrapers with the blinking city beneath you, Turkish Airlines is ready to get you there. Book now at www.turkishairlines.com/Book-Now.
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After last year’s boycott by the world’s best golf players citing the Zika virus as their excuse not to attend the Games in Rio, the latest controversy to rock Olympic golf is the men-only rule at the private Tokyo club where the tournament is to be hosted in 2020. Despite the game of golf being […]Read More