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Netherlands denies three golfers from competing in Olympics

Netherlands denies three golfers from competing in Olympics

The Netherlands will not allow Joost Luiten, Darius Van Driel or Dewi Weber to represent the country in the Olympic men’s and women’s golf competitions.
Luiten and van Driel earned spots in the men’s tournament via their positions in the Official World Golf Ranking on the cutoff date earlier this month. So did Anne van Dam, the highest-ranked Dutch woman in the women’s world rankings, and Weber.
But Luiten, van Driel and Weber did not meet additional national requirements laid out by the Dutch Olympic Committee and Dutch Sports Federation .
For the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, the Netherlands set a standard that players must be ranked in the top 100 in the world or the top 36 of the Olympic ranking to be allowed to compete.
If that remains their standard, Luiten fell shy at No. 40 in the Olympic ranking and No. 147 in the world; van Driel is No. 50 and No. 237, respectively.
The national sports federation does not believe that the golfers are likely to finish highly in the Olympic competition.

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