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Sport 'Nothing wrong' with Saudi Asian Tour investment: Casey

12:27  19 january  2022
12:27  19 january  2022 Source:   afp.com

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"Look, investment is investment . Every tour needs investment , that's plain and simple," said Casey , currently world number 27. "The revenues are amazing on the PGA Tour , and I'm part of the PGA Tour . I'm proud of that, but I'm also excited about the investments in the other tours around the world. "It's a big deal. The fact that they got more events and more money to play for. Nothing wrong with that," said Casey , who has also committed to playing the Saudi International that starts in two weeks. South Korea's Kim Joo-hyung, who leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit, said he was looking forward to

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: The Asian Tour will present the strongest field in its history when the 2022 Saudi International powered by Softbank Investment Advisers takes place at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club from February 3-6. The landmark occasion will bring together household names across rece Also in the starting line-up will be American Xander Schauffele, gold medallist in last year’s Olympic Games tournament, and English Ryder Cup stalwarts Paul Casey , Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.

English golfer Paul Casey on Wednesday defended Saudi Arabia's $200 million cash injection to revive the Asian Tour, following criticism of the deal over the oil-rich kingdom's human rights record.

Paul Casey has committed to playing in the Saudi International that starts in two weeks © Giuseppe CACACE Paul Casey has committed to playing in the Saudi International that starts in two weeks

Speaking ahead of this week's SMBC Singapore Open, where he finished tied-second in 2019, Casey welcomed the funding from LIV Golf Investments, which is majority-owned by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund.

"Look, investment is investment. Every tour needs investment, that's plain and simple," said Casey, currently world number 27.

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Saudi Arabia saw a significant decline in foreign investments from long-time allies like the United States from 2020 to 2021, prompting the Gulf Kingdom to turn its eyes east to China. In fact, Saudi Aramco announced last week the establishment of a “Non-Metallic Excellence and Innovation Center” (NEXCEL) in the Chinese capital, Beijing, which will promote an alternative to metal in construction projects. To give us more detail into this blooming economic relationship is the President of Prochain Capital David Tawil.

As for the Saudi addition to the Asian Tour , Norman pointed to his experience in that part of the world, mainly due to his golf design companies and other business. "I see what has been needed there," Norman said. "I see the development of the game of golf, and all through the Pacific Rim there, specifically Vietnam. So whatever Monahan and the Tour ends up deciding regarding releases for players to play in the Saudi International, which is opposite the PGA Tour 's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, remains to be seen. And there will be plenty of players and others in the golf world watching.

"The revenues are amazing on the PGA Tour, and I'm part of the PGA Tour. I'm proud of that, but I'm also excited about the investments in the other tours around the world. So that is a good thing," he added.

Casey said fellow players were upbeat about the cash infusion.

"It's a big deal. The fact that they got more events and more money to play for. Nothing wrong with that," said Casey, who has also committed to playing the Saudi International that starts in two weeks.

South Korea's Kim Joo-hyung, who leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit, said he was looking forward to playing in Saudi Arabia.

"It's going to be a very good experience for many of the players, including myself. I have never been to Saudi Arabia," the 19-year-old said.

The SMBC Singapore Open is the season-ending event on the 2020-21 Asian Tour schedule.

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On Sunday Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will begin a 21-day investment junket to Asia , visiting Japan, Malaysia, China, and Indonesia, countries that are becoming The large coterie could signal the importance of Asian support to Riyadh. Research fellow Makio Yamada, at the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies, said that Tokyo and Riyadh "have begun to cooperate on the creation of more diverse economic ties between them," as Japan seeks to further secure Saudi Arabia as its chief supplier of oil.

The tribe was broken up, some stayed in the East and they merged with other tribes to form a bigger tribe called the Mongols. A significant portion of them moved westward and they conquered and merged with the other tribes in Central Asia and then Eastern Europe. China has made huge investments in Kazakhstan and its neighbours over the last few decades. The Uyghurs playing up in and around Almaty is a concern for China.

The Saudi International will kick off the 2022 programme when it gets underway at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club on February 3.

Saudi Arabia is increasingly playing host to major sporting events including a Formula One Grand Prix, but critics say the country is seeking to "sportswash" its human rights record.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has overseen a reform drive since he was appointed by his father King Salman in 2017, but authorities continue to crack down on dissidents and potential opponents, ranging from preachers to women's rights activists, according to rights groups.

The country faced international condemnation following the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in October 2018.

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