IGU’S Dilip Thomas to represent Olympic GolfOctober 24th, 2011 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Indian Golf Union (IGU) council member Dilip Thomas will sit on the International Golf Federation’s board of directors, which is charged with overseeing golf’s reintroduction at the Olympic Games in 2016.
“I am honoured to serve on the board of directors of the IGF,” said Thomas. “Golf’s reintroduction to the Olympic Games will provide a catalyst for golf to grow throughout the world and no more so than here in India where the potential is so large.”
IGF Executive Director Antony Scanlon said: “When the IGF board of directors was established, we aimed to draw on expertise throughout the golf world. Dilip brings with him a great deal of experience not just from his tenure with the IGU, but also the years he has served as the secretary general of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation.”
Indian Golf Union President Manjit Singh said: “We in India are very proud of Dilip being nominated on the board of IGF. This gives worldwide recognition to the Indian golf and will go a long way in promoting the game in India.”
The IGF is recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the international federation for golf. Founded in 1958, the IGF was established to encourage international development of golf and, in 2008, with support from across the amateur and professional game, led golf’s bid for reintroduction into the Olympic programme.
This goal was realised in October 2009 when the IOC confirmed golf’s participation in the Olympic Games from 2016.
The IGF board of directors includes:
· Peter Dawson, president of the IGF and chief executive of The R&A;
· Ty Votaw, vice president of the IGF and executive vice president of the PGA Tour
· John Byers, director of Rules and International Affairs of the Brazil Golf Confederation
· Mike Davis, executive director of the United States Golf Association
· Tim Finchem, commissioner of the PGA Tour
· George O’Grady, chief executive of the European Tour
· Joe Steranka, chief executive officer of the PGA of America
· There will also be a senior official from the LPGA (an appointment will be made shortly to replace Jane Geddes who formerly held this post).
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