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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Full Swing Fiasco

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Stan Szecowka
Posted On » June 29 - July 5, 2011 (Volume:10 / Issue 26)

The Volvo Golf Champions tournament scheduled to be staged at the Royal Golf Club next January is likely to be moved to a course in South Africa.

Sources say the organisers have had ‘cold feet’ over kicking off the European Tour’s 2012 season in Bahrain because of the unrest last March and the adverse international publicity the kingdom has received in recent weeks.

Officially they say they will hold a meeting shortly to discuss its future.

Despite stating publicly that the Race to Dubai and The European Tour would ‘start in Bahrain’ featuring winners from this season, Volvo Event Management president Per Ericsson this week was on the back foot.
He told GulfWeekly: “Due to what happened in Bahrain after our tournament, we, the European Tour and Volvo Event Management-Golf, have not yet made up our minds for 2012, but will do so in August at the latest. All parties will meet in a couple of weeks in order to discuss the issue, at this time no decisions are made.”
Unofficially, the organisers fear the sport’s star players could be swamped by protests orchestrated by international activists despite the fact that a national dialogue involving all sides with an interest in taking Bahrain forward to a peaceful and prosperous future starts in the next few days.

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