9 Nov 2015

Sport: Vijay Singh keen to represent Fiji at Olympics

12:23 pm on 9 November 2015

Vijay Singh has offered to represent Fiji at next year's Rio Games, when golf is re-introduced to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years.

Singh's participation is contingent on him making the top rankings on the PGA circuit in the lead-up to the Olympics butif he repeats his performance this year, his selection is assured.

Fiji Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, says the Lautoka-born major winner's announcement is great news.

He says Singh is a proud Fijian who has been successfully representing his country for more than 30 years, bringing great credit to Fiji by reaching the top of the world golf rankings.

Vijay Singh during the Fiji International.

Fiji's Vijay Singh Photo: Fiji International

Bainimarama also revealed Singh has agreed to mentor the Fijian sevens rugby team, which has already qualified for Rio, and the Olympic football team.

Golf will be played at the Olympics for the first since the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis, USA.

Both the men's and women's events will have 60 players competing in a 72-hole stroke play event.

The fields will be determined by an Olympic Golf Ranking list in early July 2016 based on a player's official world golf ranking.