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Agronomic leadership opportunities at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Friday 10, Jan 2020


Agronomic leadership opportunities at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics


With 6 months to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the International Golf Federation (IGF) is inviting experienced Turf Managers to be part of the historic Olympic Games by leading Course Management crews.

Applications are now being sought from Australian Sports Turf Managers Association members to undertake leadership and support roles for the Course Management team at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Tokyo, host of golf events at the 2020 Olympic Games.  Applications can be submitted here

The International Golf Federation (IGF) was founded in 1958 and is the recognised International Federation within the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.  Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, the IGF has the objectives and responsibility to promote Golf as an Olympic and Paralympic Sport and the administration of golf within the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

A significant part of this approach to administration is the management and co-ordination of the Course Management team for golf tournaments at Olympic venues.  Collaborators, Leaders and Volunteers are "the face" of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, and the success of the Games depends on their contribution.

The Olympic and Paralympic committee welcome and encourage the participation of people with a passion to contribute to the success of the Games, people who wish to experience the event operation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games held in their own country, and people who want to help spread the excitement of the Tokyo 2020 Games!

Golf made a spectacular return to the Olympic programme at Rio 2016 and will be a major attraction at Tokyo 2020.  Hosted at the outstanding Kasumigaseki Country Club, and facilitated by the IGF and Olympic Committee, the IGF are extending an offer to assist in the Course Management preparation for the Golf competitions at 2020 Olympics. 

With airafres, meals and accomodation covered - various opportunities open for experienced Superintendents including leading sections, managing teams for a range of functions across course set up, mowing crews, technicians or greens preparation.  If you are an experienced Turf Management leader and have always wanted to be part of the course management crew for an Olympics event – this is your opportunity. 

As the IGF will be leading the Agronomy Team at Kasumigaseki Country Club for the Olympics world-wide, and expressions of interest to be part of the Course Management team are likely to be competitive – so please ensure all applications are completed in full, and submitted by the Close date of 31st January 2020. 

Further information


  • The IGF are asking all collaborators to commit for the dates July 20th – August 9th.  These dates include an initial practice period by both men and women, followed by a typical 7 day, 72-hole competition by the men, a three day practice session by the women and then the final 72-hole women’s competition.  
  • The golf competition is scheduled to finish on August 8th, with an additional day to complete competitions by the closing ceremonies on August 9th in case of suspensions of play.  
  • Depending on your home base, travel time to Japan will be two days and one long day back to Australia or New Zealand.
  • If you travel to Japan and leave Australia/NZ on Saturday, you will arrive in Japan on Sunday afternoon.  If you leave Japan on Sunday you will arrive back in Australia/NZ on Sunday.  So if you plan to travel from Australia/NZ, you must leave on Saturday June 18th in order to be at the course on Monday July 20th.


For full details including Funding Support and ASTMA Member Application Information  please click here