Golf in the Paralympics - Dr. Haruhisa Handa's High Hopes for 2020

Dr. Haruhisa Handa (photo:
Over the years we've written about Haruhisa Handa... and his unique dedication to golf... on quite a few occasions.

Through his International Sports Promotion Society, the Japanese businessman has sponsored numerous events across numerous tours; The European, Ladies European, Senior European, Asian, Japan and Australian Tours have all benefited from his benevolence and his superlative support for the Legends Tour has many senior LPGA players referring to him as the "father" of their tour.  

Clearly, Dr. Handa has a passion for golf, and more than anything else, he's dedicated to making the sport accessible to all people, particularly those with physical challenges.  To that end, the tenacious philanthropist established the Japanese Blind Golf Association and was instrumental in the formation of the International Blind Golf Association.  Which brings us to his latest challenge: securing a spot for golf in the Paralympic Games.  

While golf will once again be an Olympic sport in Rio four years from now, it won't be part of part of the 2016 Paralympics. For that, Dr. Handa has his sights set on the 2020 games. 

This laudable effort is yet another reason to see Dr. Handa as The Quintessential Golf Ambassador.  The video below offers an inspiring glimpse of para-athletes on the golf course. You may recognize Manuel De Los Santos, the extraordinarily talented Dominican golfer who took up the game after he lost his leg in an accident.