By Leroy Carter and Peter Simpson

Two of Scotland’s most popular sports golf and rugby union are set to return to the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced.

The IOC voted to include the two sports in the 2016 games at their Congress in Copenhagen on Friday.

Gordon Mckie, the Scottish Rugby Union‘s Chief Executive, welcomed the decision, saying that “rugby will be given a massive global boost as a consequence of this decision”.

Both sports have appeared at the Olympics in the past. Golf was only played twice, while 15-a-side rugby was part of the programme until 1924.