Queensland's Royal Pines golf course "may be a royal pain after all," according to Brent Read of THE AUSTRALIAN. Amid fears the "host course for this year's Australian PGA could be slaughtered by some of the hottest players on the planet," PGA Tour of Australasia officials on Tuesday insisted the "resort layout on Queensland's Gold Coast would more than hold its own when the tournament starts next week." As insurance to protect the course from "Adam Scott and co, the tour has lengthened and narrowed the fairways, and added unseemly length to the rough." PGA of Australia Tournaments Dir Andrew Langford-Jones said, "To be honest with you, I don't think they're going to find it easy. I don't know what the winning score will be but the course has had near 180m added to it, there would be seven new tees and we have certainly grown the rough on each side so the fairways are now under 30m (wide) in most places. They were 45 meters in most places" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/30).
Bundesliga club FSV Mainz's "plans to remove the standing-room stand at its stadium and build a new administrative building in its place are becoming more detailed," according to Michael Erfurth of the ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG. Mainz President Harald Strutz "has applied for a corresponding building license at the city because the current building code does not allow such a building." The city council "will decide on the proposal, which would initiate the project, on Wednesday." However, the club "is still very cautious about the project." FSV Manager Christian Heidel said, "The project will be only implemented if it has reliable finances that don't interfere with the club and its other investments such as league competition" (ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG, 10/26).
Hong Kong Badminton Association Chair Tong Wai-lun said on Monday that the "design proposal for a multi-purpose indoor arena on the former Kai Tak airport site" in Hong Kong would "deny thousands of fans access to high-profile events," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Although the government's "new facility could accommodate up to seven courts, it would seat just 4,000 fans," 1,600 less than the Hong Kong Coliseum, which is the "existing principal venue for top events" such as the annual int'l Badminton Superseries. The Coliseum has room for "only four competition badminton courts, which has been deemed inadequate by the sport's world governing body." Tong said he felt "let down." Tong: "We need an indoor venue of at least 6,000 seats to host international events and had specified this on the record of our request." Tong "understood the new venue was still in the planning stage" as it was scheduled to open in '19. Tong said, "We sincerely hope the government will consider our needs. We don't think it will cost a lot more money to expand the venue to 6,000" (SCMP, 10/28).