Golf News Birdies in the air: Golf back in Pakistan after 11-year hitch

first_imgAmrapali group tells Supreme Court nine properties sealed Karachi: Birds were released over fairways and ceremonial drives were struck as international golf returned to Pakistan Thursday after an 11-year absence.A full field of 132 players from around the globe were teeing up in the Asian Tour’s UMA CNS Open Championship at Karachi Golf Club, the latest thawing of relations with the militancy-hit country that has spent years in the sporting wilderness.”Coming back to Pakistan is a fantastic opportunity for us,” Robert Andrew, event director of the Asian Tour told AFP, brushing off any security concerns.Read More | Amrapali group tells Supreme Court nine properties sealed”This is the starting point for future years after the success of this event.” No major golf tour has visited Pakistan since 2007. The last scheduled tournament, in 2008, was cancelled after a wave of insurgent attacks.“It is always good to be here as people are very lovely and friendly,” said Australian golfer Marcus Both. “I came here 10 years ago. The perception is bad but in reality it is very different.” The 2009 attack on Sri Lanka’s bus in Lahore, in which eight people were killed, caused all sporting visits to be suspended.But successful military operations in the country’s northwest near the Afghan border and crackdowns in urban centres, including the restive port city of Karachi, have improved the situation.The country has twice hosted the Pakistan Super League cricket finals featuring international stars plus successful limited-over series against Zimbabwe, a World XI and Sri Lanka in the past 18 months.They cleared the way for more sports with squash, tennis and now golf having returned.Walls come down Former Asian Tour winner and Indian national Digvijay Singh said arriving in Pakistan felt like home, suggesting sport could pave the road for better relations between Islamabad and Delhi.“I am really feeling home here and we are so overwhelmingly welcomed here. We are seeing the same faces not different to us,” Singh told reporters.“Sports should bring the invisible walls down between the two countries,” he added.India-Pakistan ties, including sports and cultural contacts, plummeted after deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistani militants.While cricket remains the undisputed number one sport in Pakistan, golf is popular with the country’s powerful army, with military areas where the top brass reside frequently home to some of Pakistan’s best courses.Also Read | LIVE | Cyclone ‘Titli’ hits Odisha, Andhra Pradesh coasts; flights cancelled, shops damagedPakistan’s Navy are hosting this week’s Asian Tour event, which has a $300,000 prize fund.“There is a very overwhelming response by foreign players and that surprised us,” said Naval Commodore Mushtaq Ahmed.Pakistan hosted its first Asian Tour event in 1989, which was won by Filipino Frankie Minoza.The country’s only Asian Tour winner remains Taimur Hussain who triumphed at an event in Myanmar in 1998. For all the Latest Sports News News, Golf News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Volleyball wins one, loses one in San Diego

first_imgHead coach Brent Crouch was proud of the effort his squad displayed despite injuries and is confident in its abilities going forward. With 10 of their 20 remaining matches coming against ranked opponents, the squad will be challenged to respond to adversity as it has done early on this season if it wants to build on last year’s strong performance. “We are not 100% [health-wise],” Crouch said. “We are getting there … We are looking forward to getting everyone practicing at 100% and really [hitting] the Pac-12 schedule in stride.”  This is USC’s third 3-0 sweep this season, and it hopes to carry this momentum into Pac-12 play beginning Wednesday against UCLA. The Bruins were swept in their last two matches by No. 11 Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara, while the Trojans enter conference play ranked No. 25 in the nation. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had a season-high 18 kills along with 19.5 points against the Toreros. USC regained its strength in the second game of the week against Long Beach State. The Trojans had 15 kills and four aces in the first set, taking it 25-21. They easily won the second set 25-11 with an additional 15 kills. The third set proved to be more difficult, but USC held the lead, finishing the sweep 25-20.  The match against San Diego was a tough fight throughout the full five sets. USD won the first two sets, and USC struggled to keep up given the Toreros’ effective blocking. However, the Trojans stayed resilient after going down 2-0 and were able to battle back in the third and fourth sets to tie it up 2-2.  Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had a combined 39.5 points in the Trojans’ two games this past weekend. ( Sinead Chang / Daily Trojan) The fifth set was tight, but USC fell behind 14-11 due to an overturned call. The Trojans couldn’t come back from the deficit, losing 15-13 and ending in a three-games-to-two loss.  Lanier led the Trojans in the second match with 20 points and 17 kills. Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin had a career high with six kills, six digs and four of the Trojans’ 12 service aces.  Following its three-win performance at the Trojan Invitational — including a sweep of Villanova, which entered the game with a 5-1 record on the season — No. 20 women’s volleyball fell to San Diego 3-2 Thursday before swiftly defeating Long Beach State 3-0 Friday.last_img read more

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Kenya hosts CAF Club Licensing workshop

first_img“Club licensing is a fairly new concept to most African clubs. It is vital that its importance and the crucial role it plays in the development of the game is well articulated to all,” Mwendwa said.The workshops will see instructors provide an update on Club Licensing at CAF level to the participating Federations, with the latter also set to give updates on the situation of Club Licensing at their parent Federations.“As a country, we remain committed to both the club licensing criteria and the building of a football economy and further believe that the process will act as a catalyst to the same,” Mwendwa further explained adding;FKF Presdeint Nick Mwendwa during the Club Licensing Workshop“We are cognizant that the process is not only expensive but also highly demanding and as such continue to engage, government both at the County and National level, on the need to accelerate infrastructure development, which is the single, most expensive component for our clubs, many which are without sponsors.”Further, the workshops will also purpose to establish detailed action plans for each Member Association in order to be fully ready before the deadline for the engagement of clubs in CAF Competitions.After the first workshop on Monday, the sessions will go on to Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.The CAF Club Licensing Rules were enforced for the first time last year in Kenya after the continental governing body made it mandatory for all clubs wishing to participate in continental competitions to adhere to the strict rules.“CAF is not only particular on when our leagues should end but is also adamant that any club that will qualify for both the CAF CL and the CAF CC must have met the Club Licensing Criteria, failure to which the qualified club will not be allowed to participate in the tournament,” Mwendwa noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Delegates during the Club Licensing Workshop in NairobiNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Football Kenya Federation chief Nick Mwendwa has affirmed the federation will continue advocating for strict adherence to CAF Club Licensing rules, saying it is an avenue for local clubs to grow and reach international heights.Mwendwa was speaking on Monday afternoon when he officially opened the four-day CAF Club Licensing workshop that brings together 28 Federations, represented by their respective Club Licensing managers and Club Licensing Committee Chairmen.last_img read more

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