12 Aug 2009

Woods says he'd compete at the Olympics

6:39 pm on 12 August 2009

Tiger Woods says he'd compete at the 2016 Olympics if golf was added to the Games programme after an absence of more than 100 years.

Golf is vying with rugby sevens, squash, karate, roller sports, baseball and softball and the International Olympic Committee will announce a shortlist of two sports on Friday.

In two months' time a final vote will decide whether those two sports will be part of the Games programme.

The 33-year-old world number one says if he's not retired by then he would be involved.

Woods, a 14-times major winner and arguably the greatest player of all time, has been actively involved in golf's push for a return to the Olympics.

In April, he wrote personally to the IOC member for the United States in support of the International Golf Federation's bid.

Golf, which first featured as an Olympic sport in Paris in 1900 and most recently in St Louis in 1904, failed in its latest bid for inclusion at the 2012 Games.