The head of the IOC has urged the world’s greatest golfers to ditch luxury hotels, saunas and restaurants and “share the Olympic spirit” by staying in the athletes’ village. Golf returns to the Olympic program in 2016 for the first time in over 100 years.
IOC President Thomas Bach cited the case of the U.S. men’s basketball team – known as the Dream Team – who famously rented whole floors of hotels during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, shunning the village.
“We don’t intend to make a whole lot of friends here,” U.S. point guard John Stockton arrogantly remarked at the time. “The Olympic spirit is beating people, not living with them.”
Bach said that arrogance soon disappeared and was replaced with regret at the end of the games.
“After the competition they made a tour through the Olympic Village,” said Bach, who was speaking at the wind-swept British Open at St. Andrews on Saturday. “We asked them how they think about this, and they said it was a great tournament, that we would like to come back definitely for the next games, but we have one condition.”
PGA TOUR pros are some of the most highly-strung athletes in sport, known for their demanding requests such as luxury cars, 5-star hotels, and top-notch restaurants. It would be unthinkable to have Bubba Watson or Rory McIlroy staying in the Olympic village, no?
Bubba Watson, recently voted the PGA TOUR’s most hated player – is known for his demanding personality and mistreatment of people he considers “below” him. This list shockingly includes his caddie, reporters and fellow players who he has had infamous run-ins since he broke out on TOUR.
One player who may enjoy the Olympic Village is Dustin Johnson, the notorious womaniser who has never turned down a good party. Johnson – who came within inches of winning the U.S. Open in June – is sure to embrace the antics that are synonymous with Olympic Villages.