Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson eyes home advantage at upcoming Saudi International

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson will be competing at the tournament that kicks off Jan. 30. (Supplied)
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Updated 15 January 2020

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson eyes home advantage at upcoming Saudi International

  • The 43-year-old Swedish athlete said he is “ready to start 2020 strong” at the tournament to be held at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City
  • Stenson lauded the quality of the golf courses in the Kingdom, but said it was people’s hospitality that made the Middle East an ideal venue for the tournament

DUBAI: Middle East-based golfer Henrik Stenson is hoping for a home-court advantage as he returns to compete for the second time at the Saudi International golf tournament, which kicks off on Jan. 30.

The 43-year-old Swedish athlete said he is “ready to start 2020 strong” at the tournament to be held at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City.

Stenson, who was former world Number Two and currently the champion of the Hero World Challenge, was hoping for a big crowd at the Saudi tournament, while recognizing how the sport has been growing in the Kingdom.

“Having played in Saudi Arabia last year it will be exciting to see how the country has developed and how much the golf course has evolved over the last 12 months,” Stenson said.

Stenson lauded the quality of the golf courses in the Kingdom, but said it was people’s hospitality that made the Middle East an ideal venue for the tournament.

“The Middle East has been my home for a number of years and the way you are welcomed is second to none,” he emphasized.

Stenson will be joined by the world’s top golfers including number one ranked Brooks Koepka, as well as Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson who claimed victory in last year’s Championship.

The four days of action on the course will also see globally recognized music acts perform, as well as a whole host of golf-related activities.


Luis Suarez suspected of cheating on Italian exam

Updated 22 September 2020

Luis Suarez suspected of cheating on Italian exam

  • The Italian exam was a first step required in order to receive a passport ahead of a possible transfer to Juventus
  • Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said a proposed deal for Suarez was unlikely to go ahead because of delays in the Uruguayan’s bid to get an Italian passport

ROME: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is suspected of cheating to pass his Italian language test with the help of his teachers, the Perugia prosecutor’s department in charge of the investigation said on Tuesday.
The Italian exam was a first step required in order to receive a passport ahead of a possible transfer to Juventus.
“The investigation showed that the subjects discussed during the exam were agreed beforehand with the candidate and that the grade was awarded to him even before the test,” the prosecutor’s department said in a statement.
Local prosecutor Raffaele Cantone, a former head of Italy’s National Anti-Corruption Authority, had been carrying out an investigation since February into University for Foreigners officials over various irregularities. Suspicions over Suarez were aroused by an overheard conversation.
“But what do you think, that we’re going to fail him? Today I have the last lesson (with Suarez) and I have to prepare it because he barely speaks a word” of Italian, Stefania Spina, one of the people targeted by the investigation, is claimed to have said according to prosecution documents cited by Italian media.
Asked by a colleague what level Suarez “should pass” in Italian, Spina reportedly replied: “He should not, he must, he will pass, because with a salary of 10 million (euros) per season, you can’t make him fail” his exam, “even if he doesn’t know how to conjugate verbs and speak in the infinitive.”
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said last week a proposed deal for Suarez was unlikely to go ahead because of delays in the Uruguayan’s bid to get an Italian passport.
The Italian champions cannot recruit Suarez otherwise because they have already reached their quota for non-EU players.