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COPENHAGEN – Golf will make a return to the Olympics in 2016. On the final day of the 121st Olympic Congress, the IOC members voted 63 to 27 in favor of bringing golf back for the Summer Games in Rio.
 
The golf delegation was led by Ty Votaw and Peter Dawson, with Padraig Harrington, Suzann Pettersen, Michelle Wie and Matteo Manessero joining them at the Bella Center in Copenhagen. All six addressed the IOC and there were video messages from Ernie Els and Tiger Woods, taped at the Presidents Cup.
 
There had been some skepticism from certain IOC members ahead of golf's presentation. Richard Pound from Canada, was angered that the IOC Executive Board had not given IOC members the chance to vote on all seven proposed sports, instead of the two that the Executive Board recommended during their session in August. Anita Defrantz of the United States was concerned that some of golf's current major championship venues adopt discriminatory policies towards women, calling the practice 'harmful to our (Olympics) image.'
 
Despite these concerns the members decided to allow golf back into the Olympic frame, meaning there will be 28 sports for the Summer Games in Rio.
 
The golfers on show in Copenhagen were delighted by the news. Padraig Harrington said 'to win a gold medal would be the rarest achievement in golf' and that he had 'always dreamed of being an Olympic golf medalist'.