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Tiger Woods said he would definitely like to play at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

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Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have both expressed their desire to make their Olympic debuts at Tokyo 2020.

Woods, who ended an 11-year major title drought by winning a fifth Masters crown at Augusta National last month, missed golf’s return to the Olympic programme at Rio 2016 due to injury.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, meanwhile, declared he would play for Ireland at Rio 2016 before citing concerns over the Zika virus as a reason for pulling out.

Speaking prior to the United States Professional Golfers' Association Championship at the Bethpage Black Course on Long Island in New York, where action begins today, 15-time major champion Woods claimed he would definitely like to play for the US at Tokyo 2020.

"I've never played in the Olympics," he said.

"I am sure that I won't have many more opportunities going forward at 43-years-old now to play in many Olympics.

"So, yes, that would be a first for me and something that I would certainly welcome if I was part of the team."

The Olympic qualification period began on July 1, 2018 and ends on June 22, 2020.

Woods is currently the fourth-ranked American on the Olympic golf rankings list - behind Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas - and is sixth overall.

The maximum number of players a country or region can qualify to the Olympic tournament is four.

It is only possible to qualify that many if all the players are ranked within the top-15, otherwise a maximum of two players from each nation can play in each event.

"Getting there and making the team is going to be the tough part," Woods added.

"How many events do I play? Do I add a couple more to get in?

"These are all questions that will be answered going forward."

Four-time major winner McIlroy’s announcement that he hopes to qualify to represent Ireland at Tokyo 2020 comes just two years after he said he resented the Olympics and felt no connection to either the British or the Irish flag.

In a remarkable u-turn, he said: "I'm excited to be going to the Olympics and I'm excited to play for Ireland."

"I think as a young boy it was always my dream to play for Ireland.

"It's the same as the rugby players - there's players that play for Ulster but they want to play for Ireland, because it's seen as a whole island sport.

"So, when you put the Olympics into the equation and there's a choice to be made, you really have to start thinking about your values and your beliefs.

"You have to delve a bit deeper.

"It's not just a superficial decision.

"It's something that you have to really believe in.

"I've thought about that for a long time, and in the end it came down to when I was a little boy and I got that first call up to the Ireland national squad.

"So, it's going to be a great experience and probably a bit nostalgic because it will take me back.

"It's going to be cool."

Current world number two Justin Rose won the men's gold medal for Great Britain at Rio 2016.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson was the silver medallist, while the US’s Matt Kuchar took the bronze.

The Tokyo 2020 tournament is due to take place at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe City in Saitama.

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2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.

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