With the Ballantine's Championship of the 2013 European Tour set to begin in less than three weeks in Seoul, South Korea, Spanish golfer Alvaro Quiros "feels that the European Tour should not stage the event amid growing political tensions in the region," according to Will Gray of the GOLF CHANNEL. Quiros: "I don't think it's a good moment to go there. It would be a stupid idea with the way things are." A "typically tense political situation between North and South Korea has been ratcheted up significantly in recent weeks." Quiros said, "I don't want to mess with my life just to play in a golf tournament," (GOLF CHANNEL, 4/5).
Events and Attractions
Myanmar will hold the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Asia/Oceania Zone Group III and IV Tennis Tournament in Yangon this month "aimed at promoting tennis sports standard of the country" (XINHUA, 4/6). ... The 2014 World Twenty20 Cup will begin on March 16, but the organizers "are confident that the prevailing political tension in Bangladesh will not hamper its preparations." The final has been slated for April 6 next year, and a press conference "was held in Dhaka on Saturday to mark the one-year run-up to the tournament" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 4/6).