Adam Scott announced earlier this week that he will not be competing in the 2016 Olympics for Australia. His decision did not come without criticism. Jack Nicklaus and Australian gold medalist Dawn Fraser were only two of many that disagreed with Scott’s decision.
Nicklaus’s response was more sad than anything else, while Fraser was a bit more upset and swung a few punches at Scott. She took to Facebook to express her malcontent:
“Very sorry to hear that Adam Scott cannot fit it into his schedule to play for Australia at the Olympics,” Fraser, 78, wrote on Facebook.
“Well done Adam… great to put your country on hold so that you can fulfill your own schedule. How much money do you want in life? Not showing much for your country… I guess working three jobs a week to secure my place as a Olympic swimmer has given me the strength to say what I feel about sportsmen and women that do this.”
“I have always represented South Africa with pride so didn’t make my decision without a great deal of thought,” 2010 British Open winner Oosthuizen said in a statement. “I would like to wish our golfers and all other athletes competing in Brazil all the very best for success.”
While Oosthuizen makes a nice sentiment, this has brought a butt load of attention to whether or not golf should have been revived for the Olympics in the first place. Golf was brought in for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, along with rugby, with the International Olympic Committee eager to tap into new markets and win new viewers with the two sports.
But what if the top players aren’t there? That would severely diminish the viewership, bringing on the question that if the professionals don’t want to play then why should I watch? If the sport doesn’t get enough views it could be another 112 years before it’s given another chance to grow.
Thankfully there is one top golfer that will definitely be making his way to the opening ceremonies, and that person is Jordan Spieth. The poster boy for everything golf and growing the game.
“When I was really young, I always thought of the Olympians that walked in the opening ceremonies as the greatest-athletes-in-the-world type of thing,” Spieth said.
“But once I chose golf, I didn’t think it would ever be a reality. To be one of those athletes … I would never forget that ceremony and that walk, walking with the American flag … it will be awesome if I can make that team.”
Sure these golfers have busy schedule’s, but shouldn’t representing their country be more important than anything else? I just don’t understand why such an important occasion, that brings the ENITRE WORLD TOGETHER, would be something to withdraw from? Dawn Fraser has every reason to be upset with Adam Scott, as an Australian, and as a fellow athlete.
Some things should take precedent in an athletes career, and for the good of the game I think the Olympics is one of those things.