League Notes: Hong Kong Open Organizers Ask For Government Funding To Land Rory McIlroy
Hong Kong Open organizers Wednesday "asked the government for HK$16M ($2.1M) in funding," with an eye on netting world No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy. The Hong Kong Golf Association and the European Tour met with officials from the Tourism Commission's Mega Events Fund to "voice a multimillion-dollar plea" -- give us the money so that we can get the world's hottest golfing professional, McIlroy, to return to Hong Kong Golf Club (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 9/13). ... All India Tennis Association on Thursday "urged the government to increase the financial help being given to its players" from Rs 3 crore ($542,000) to Rs 5 crore ($903,500) and also demanded that the benefit be extended to juniors as well. AITA President Anil Khanna said that the body "has drafted a proposal, which will be submitted to the Sports Ministry soon." Khanna said that the AITA needed "help from the government to bring more tournaments to the country" (PTI, 9/13). ... The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) terminated its contract with accounting firm MPCN "without citing a specific reason." The CBF will now do its accounting in-house instead of outsourcing (FOLHA DE S. PAULO, 9/13).