Event Notes: Jumeirah Golf Estates Named Ninth European Tour Destination
Jumeirah Golf Estates, the venue for The European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, "has been named on Monday as the ninth European Tour destination, marking an expansion into the Middle East for the growing network of venues under the European Tour Properties banner." The announcement "coincides with the launch of the second state-of-the-art European Tour Performance Institute" located at the venue (GULF NEWS, 10/21). ... The Qatar Sport Press Committee opened the exec committee meeting of the Int'l Sports Press Association (AIPS) on Monday. The four-day meeting "will be held on the sidelines of the FINA Swimming World Cup currently being held at Hamad Aquatic Centre" (THE PENINSULA, 10/21). ... Australia and New Zealand "seems odds-on to host" the next Rugby World Cup, "but the game's traditional strongholds will be forced to wait until January for confirmation" as the Rugby League Int'l Federation also considers a bid from South Africa. The trans-Tasman rivals are strong favorites to host the '17 tournament, "but South Africa has offered an alternative submission" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/22). ... Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV) President Peter Schröcksnadel "is not quitting his fight to bring a World Cup event to Vienna." In addition, he calls for an Olympic bid of the Austrian capital. Schröcksnadel: "The mountains are closer to the city than in other Olympic cities" (KURIER, 10/20).