Bjorn banking on his frank manner of speaking as Ryder Cup captain

The newly appointed 2018 Europe Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn holds the Ryder Cup as he poses for photographs at a hotel near Heathrow Airport, London during a media event Wednesday. (AP)
Updated 07 December 2016

Bjorn banking on his frank manner of speaking as Ryder Cup captain

LONDON: Europe captain Thomas Bjorn believes his frank manner of speaking will serve both him and the European team well for the 2018 Ryder Cup, he said Wednesday.
The 45-year-old Dane will endeavour to regain the biennial trophy in Paris after the United States inflicted Europe’s heaviest defeat since 1981, winning 17-11 at Hazeltine, Minnesota in September.
Bjorn infamously didn’t hold back when he failed to get the nod from Welshman Ian Woosnam in 2006 calling him “barmy” and “the most pathetic captain ever.”
“I think if you’re going to lead something you want the truth, you want people to be honest with you,” Bjorn told Britain’s Press Association Sport.
“I’ve never been one for liking having things around me where people are trying to just say yes to me. I want them to tell me the truth.
“I think if you’re going to be forthright yourself, then you want the same from everyone else.
“That’s the way I believe in things, and that’s what I expect for all the people I have around me.”
Bjorn, who played in three winning Ryder Cup teams (1997, 2002 and 2014), received the full backing of Woosnam when he was announced as Darren Clarke’s successor on Tuesday which he says is because sportsmen bury the hatchet easier.
“It’s fantastic to have his (Woosnam) support,” said Bjorn, who has won 15 times on the European Tour but never claimed a major.
“I’m grateful for all the past captains and the support I’ve had from them, and it’s nice for Ian to come out and be so supportive.
“But sportspeople have a way of probably putting things to bed a lot sooner than other people do.
“It’s a long time ago, so we go forward and we understand that this is about Europe, and the European team.
“So we go forward and we all get behind those 12 players that need to play, and that’s a good thing,” added Bjorn, twice a runner-up at The Open and once at the PGA Championship.

Saudi weightlifter Mansour Al-Saleem wins record 3 Asian gold medals

Updated 21 April 2019

Saudi weightlifter Mansour Al-Saleem wins record 3 Asian gold medals

  • Al-Saleem won three gold medals in the snatch, jerk and combination in the 55kg weight category
  • The competition in Ningbo, in China's eastern province of Zhejiang, will continue for the next 8 days

RIYADH: Saudi national Mansour Abdulrahim Al-Saleem won three gold medals in the snatch, jerk and combination, ranking the first in the 55 kg weight category, at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in China.

He lifted 122 kilograms to head the standings, with Kazakhstan’s Arli Chontey and Malaysia’s Azroy Hazalwafie following on 113kg and 112kg, respectively.

The clean and jerk discipline saw Al-Saleem again head the leaderboard on 140kg.

Hazalwafie lifted just four kilograms less in second, while Sri Lanka’s Dilanka Isuru Kumara was third on 135kg.

Al-Saleem’s efforts in both disciplines saw him convincingly clinch the overall title with a combined 262kg.

He finished ahead of Hazalwafie on 248kg, while Chontey placed third on 246kg.

The champion set a new achievement by winning the first Asian gold medal in weightlifting for the Kingdom.

The president of the Saudi Weightlifting Federation, Mohammed Al-Harbi, thanked King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, sports officials and the Saudi people for supporting the field, which led to “such a great achievement.”

Amidst an arena full of a host of Olympic and international champions, Saudi Arabia’s national anthem was played and the Kingdom’s flag was raised, as Al-Saleem praised the ability of Saudi sportsmen in all international and regional sports sectors.

A further eight days of competition will continue for the next 8 days in China's eastern city of Ningbo, in Zhejiang province. Medals will be won across 20 categories, 10 for men and 10 for women.