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"Lord Moynihan wants Royal and Ancient to accept women members"

The outgoing British Olympic Association chairman has called on the Royal and Ancient Golf Club to open up its membership to women, making the remarks on BBC Radio 5 to Eleanor Oldroyd. (Thanks to reader Chris for this.)

Moynihan added: "It is remarkable that Augusta has changed, but the Royal and Ancient is still there having not entitled and allowed complete equality of opportunity for women in this country.

"It should be an embedded characteristic of 21st century sport, especially when you see the contribution the athletes make.

"Let's get real and let's get on with the job of providing equality of opportunity across sports, sports administration as well as sporting opportunity."

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Reader Comments (7)

Who cares? Seriously, who cares?
11.8.2012 | Unregistered Commentercypress
What is the benefit of being in the R&A? St. Andrews is owned in trust by the city. ANGC membership obviously brings access to a course, but other than drinking with a bunch of old white guys in an old building, why would anyone join?
11.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric
Bridgit Moynihan plays golf?
11.8.2012 | Unregistered Commentersmails
Is it asking too much for people of influence to actually do their homework on this subject before sticking their oar in? Where's the profit in females joining a club that doesn't even have a bleedin' golf course? Not only that but, technically, the "Royal & Ancient" Golf Club no longer administers the game although I accept this may be considered a moot point given there remain close ties between club and The R&A.

Far better to go after the clubs that have golf courses attached and, if I had my way, the Hon. Company would be top of my hit list.
how bout we let people make their own decisions about who they associate with socially?
11.8.2012 | Unregistered Commentersmails

Club is running smoothly. Let's not mess with it.
11.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
Why should golf get a pass on discrimination?
11.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBuffett

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