Golf player Shane Lowry ‘excited’ as he prepares for Saudi International

Shane Lowry with the cup he won in Abu Dhabi. (Supplied)
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Updated 14 January 2020

Golf player Shane Lowry ‘excited’ as he prepares for Saudi International

  • The player said the weather is perfect in the Middle East
  • Lowry commended the work of Saudi Golf in promoting the game in the Kingdom

DUBAI: Self-confessed Middle East fan, Shane Lowry said he is excited to play at the Saudi International golf tournament, at the Royal Greens and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).

And the world’s number 19, who is currently defending his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship title. said he hoped to score high in the upcoming game as he plays for the first time in the Kingdom during the tournament which runs from Jan, 30 to Feb. 2.

“It would be great to win in Saudi Arabia and start my season in a positive way as I look to achieve one of my lifelong goals to play the Ryder Cup,” the player said.

Explaining his love of the region he said the Middle East had perfect weather and pristine courses, presenting him with another reason to be excited about his pending visit to Saudi Arabia.

“A lot of the guys on tour said it was a great event in 2019 [the Saudi International] and the course was in excellent condition,” Lowry added.

The player commended the work of Saudi Golf in promoting the game in the Kingdom, which he believes will benefit the sport on the long term.

“It is great to see so many young people [in Saudi Arabia] taking up sports, whether that is golf or another sport… It will teach you to be patient but also show that work brings rewards,” Lowry said.


FIFA threatens Iran’s Football Federation with suspension

Updated 01 June 2020

FIFA threatens Iran’s Football Federation with suspension

  • The international governing body of football rejected an amended statutes sent by the FFIRI last month
  • FIFA had previously stopped the FFIRI from holding its elections over concerns of government interference in the organization

FIFA has threatened the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) with suspension if it does not comply with its rules, Iranian daily Radio Farda reported on Sunday. 
The international governing body of football rejected the amended statutes sent by the FFIRI last month and gave the football body a deadline of June 5 to comply or face suspension.
FIFA had previously stopped the FFIRI from holding its elections over concerns of government interference in the organization. 
FIFA called on the FFIRI to address eight issues, including the reduction of the role of the Iranian Sports Minister in internal FFIRI affairs.
The amended statutes did not mention the independence of the FFIRI from the Iranian government. FIFA rules decree that a national football federation should remain autonomous from the national government.
Last month Ali Kafashian, who was in charge of running the FFIRI for almost a decade, told a local radio show in Tehran, that despite FIFA's regulations, the Iranian football association had always been under the government's direct control.
“We deem that a failure to comply with this directive would result in the matter being brought to the attention of the relevant FIFA bodies for further action,” FIFA said in a letter sent to the FFIRI.