“There Have Been Some Half Lame Excuses For Not Going” Nordqvist On Olympics

Anna Nordqvist's Thoughts On The Olympics - "There Have Been Some Half Lame Excuses For Not Going"

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The Olympics starts in just under a month's time, with a number of high profile names deciding to skip the games in Tokyo.

"There Have Been Some Half Lame Excuses For Not Going" Nordqvist On Olympics

The Olympics is the pinnacle for any athlete and, after golf's return at the 2016 Rio games, all eyes will now be drawn to Tokyo later this month.

With the games being held every four years, a number of players have decided not to participate, with Sweden's Anna Nordqvist (opens in new tab) believing there have been "a number of half lame excuses for not going."

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Dustin Johnson announced in March that he wouldn't be partaking in the Olympics. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The 34-year-old, who finished in a tie for 11th in 2016, went on to say: "I know how much the Olympics means for so many sports and I know how hard they try to make it there.

"For someone to go 'oh no, I'm not going to go,' I just don't get it. I think if it continues like this then golf is going to be looked upon as one of the sports that might not be considered to be in the Olympics, because if not all the best players are going, or don't really care about it, then what's the point of it even being there.

"I don't think there's a greater honour as an athlete, than playing in the Olympics. I'm 34-years-old so I don't know how many (chances) left I'll be playing.

"But after having a great experience in Rio, it's one of the coolest things you'll ever do as an athlete and to be a two-time Olympian is definitely something that I would look back on in my career and be very proud of."

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Nordqvist with Minjee Lee and Suzann Pettersen at the 2016 Olympics. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Japan has seen a new wave of infections hit in April, with cases continuing to rise. Of the 2,180 new Covid cases reported on Wednesday, 920 were in Tokyo.

Related: Tokyo Olympics To Be Held Without Fans Amid Covid-19 Emergency (opens in new tab)

Although a number of male Tour players are set to skip the games, including two-time Major champion, Dustin Johnson, the women's entry sheet is crammed full of Major champions, including Nelly Korda (opens in new tab), Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson (opens in new tab) and Lydia Ko.

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.