Chawrasia excited by golf’s return to Olympics

"Golf is back to the Olympic fold after a long time, so I am very excited. It will be wonderful to represent my country, and hopefully, I can bring back a medal," said Chawrasia.

The 38-year-old is all but guaranteed to make the cut, after a victorious run at the Hero India Open held earlier this year.   -  Getty Images

There is sure to be an extraordinary air surrounding the golf events that will be held at the 2016 Rio Olympics, for the sport returns to the fold after a gap of 112 years. This reintroduction has given professional golfers the chance to realise a dream — one that was beyond the reach of their predecessors.

For S.S.P. Chawrasia, who has already scripted a remarkable journey from caddie to one of India’s top players, a spot at Rio will be the icing on the cake.

The 38-year-old is all but guaranteed to make the cut, after a victorious run at the Hero India Open held earlier this year. “Golf is back to the Olympic fold after a long time, so I am very excited. It will be wonderful to represent my country, and hopefully, I can bring back a medal,” Chawrasia, who is competing in the Louis Philippe Cup, said here on Wednesday.

The Kolkata pro will play three tournaments in Europe before arriving in Brazil. Asked who would like to meet at the Olympic Village, Chawrasia replied, “I want to meet the track athletes, and hopefully some of the top tennis players as well.”

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