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07 Sep 2015
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President Bach welcomes top women golfers to IOC headquarters

A group of the world’s best women golfers visited the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters today to discuss golf’s return to the Olympic Games with IOC President Thomas Bach and to teach him some fundamentals of the game.

Golfers Shanshan Feng (CHN), Julieta Granada (PAR), Fabienne In-Albon (SUI), Caroline Masson (GER) and Paula Reto (RSA) participated in a roundtable discussion with the IOC President before playing pitch and putt with him in the IOC gardens. The athletes were taking time out from preparations for The Evian Championship 2015 from 10 to 13 September in Evian, France, as they gear up for the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016.

"For women’s golf, it will be a spectacular stage in Rio de Janeiro to promote your sport and to be in the limelight,” President Bach told the athletes with regard to golf’s return to the Olympic programme next summer after a 112-year absence. “It will be an exposure you have never experienced before. You will reach another level with your sport.”

The athletes said that they were looking forward to joining the Olympic family and meeting all the athletes from the other sports. They added that they hoped being part of the Olympic Games will change how people view their sport.

The five golfers earlier took part in a “closest to the pin” contest at The Olympic Museum and helped unveil an exhibition called “Swing!”, which will be on show free to the public in The Museum’s Galerie from 9 December 2015 to 31 January 2016. The exhibition will celebrate golf’s return to the Olympic programme and will focus on six themes: golf today; the equipment; the game; golf’s main courses; golf and its champions; and golf at the Olympic Games.

The delegation from the International Golf Federation (IGF) was led by IGF Executive Director Antony Scanlon. IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell also attended the discussions.

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