Mexico City: Former World No 1 Lorena Ochoa, who retired from the LPGA tour two years ago, wants to play a part for Mexico when golf returns to the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
"I'd like to be involved in some way because I believe it will be a unique experience," she said. I can't see myself playing but I would like to be involved, either with the [Mexican Golf] Federation or as a coach,” travel with the Mexican team."
Ochoa, who retired at the top having headed the LPGA rankings from April 2007 to May 2010, could also play a role in the Rio Games if she and Australian Greg Norman win the competition for the Olympic course design.
"Greg and I entered as a team," the 30-year-old said. “There are eight finalists fighting to win [the right] to design the golf course. In March we'll be told who the winners are and we're hoping for good news. I'll always play golf'. I would love, being Latin and Mexican, to be able to be at those Games and I hope I can," said Ochoa, who quit the LPGA Tour to spend more time with her family at her Guadalajara home in western Mexico but still plays exhibition tournaments.