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“When the French complain about Macron, I say: go to the United States or Russia, where almost everyone was kicked out of work, and stay at home»

One of the most beautiful athletes in Russia golfer Maria Verchenova told about life in France and announced her retirement.

Maria Verchenova is not only one of the most fiery beauties of Russian sports, but also a super-experienced and literate person. I’m my own Manager, otherwise I can’t be successful in Golf. Has a rich experience of living abroad: first in the US, and now in France. Together with their parents, they became pioneers for Russian golfers at the top level: first, Maria played in the Euro Tour, then managed to qualify for the Olympic games in Rio. There Verchenova lit up: she set an Olympic record, and the 16th final place is cool, considering that Golf is still exotic for Russia. Thanks to her appearance and shooting for gloss, Verchenova managed to achieve a noticeable popularity. But after the 2016 Games, she abruptly disappeared and stopped performing. Although the age allowed to qualify for participation in more than one Olympic games.

— How does France get out of quarantine?

— Since Monday, we were “released”, my daughter went to school. However, they only have seven people in the class, all sit one at a Desk, and you need to bring lunch with you from home. Children are disciplined: for example, my daughter had a toy hare with her, but no one came to pet it. They know to keep their distance. But before that, we stayed at home for two and a half months. The only thing that saved me was that there was a courtyard and a chance to go outside a little. Well, I bought a bike, like many here.

— Do the French observe all the restrictions, or do they fry kebabs like some people?

— When there were rumors that the quarantine was about to be imposed, people, on the contrary, went to hang out. In Paris, crowds sat by the river and drank champagne. And when they were told something, they replied: “We are not ill, everything is normal.” Therefore, we have introduced the most stringent measures.

Golf is almost the most safe kind of sport from the point of view of the spread of the virus. There is no contact, the distance between the players is huge…

“Yes,but it’s all closed. I tried to play in a clearing in the woods, but it was, to be honest, a mockery of Golf. Here in Russia, I heard that some fields are already open and they are playing with all their might.

— Did you lose something financially during the quarantine? And how do the authorities support their citizens in France?

— The French like to complain about their President Macron. But I say in such cases: “If you don’t like something, go to the United States or Russia, where almost everyone was kicked out in one day, and stay at home as you want.” Or here is appointed 10 thousand rubles for the child — as you want, and provide for the family.

— At the same time, I personally have not yet been able to “win” the site of public Services and issue a payment.

— Well, what about ten thousand and two months in quarantine?” Let’s say I work in the field of precious stones and am currently studying to become a gemologist. The French authorities have introduced payments of up to 80 percent of the salary for those who work for hire. My employer paid me the remaining 20 percent. In other words, I received my full salary for two months. It’s just gorgeous. It seems to me that only France and England have introduced such a system. Yes, it is difficult for the country now, I don’t know what will happen next with the economy. But France didn’t throw people away. – Verchenova says.

— Don’t you think it’s a mistake that Golf has become part of the Olympic program at all? This is a separate world, and in Rio it seemed that the leading golfers of the Game are not particularly needed — just like football players.

— In women’s Golf, all the stars came to Rio. In men’s Golf, the situation was different, but this is understandable. They earn such a lot of money that many people would rather sit at home than play Games for free. So someone started saying they were afraid of getting zika — remember when everyone was afraid of these mosquitoes? And then it turned out that these same people came to Brazil to comment on Golf for money. But I still believe that Golf should be part of the Olympic program. It has a long history — it was at the Games a hundred years ago, it is really a very active sport that requires excellent physical training. I can’t say that my debut in Rio was a failure, but I hope that everything will be even better at the next Olympics.

The quarantine continues. What will happen to the Golf season?

Forced vacations in world Golf are being extended. On March 12, the PGA tour postponed the tournaments for four weeks, canceling the Players super tour that had already begun (golfers were only able to play one round). A few days later, the number of canceled competitions increased to eight, and two “majors” were rescheduled. It should be noted that we are now only talking about the PGA tour: in other tours, such as the Korn Ferry Tour (“challenge tour”), PGA Tour Champions, PGA Tour Latinoamerica, PGA Tour Canada and PFA Tour Series China, competitions are also not held.

First, the PGA tour leaders announced the postponement of the masters, and then the PGA of America (this is the organization that holds the PGA Championship) reported that their “major” will not take place in the scheduled time. It was scheduled to take place from may 14 to may 17 in California. “Throughout the entire period, we follow the recommendations of local public health authorities. Given that all residents of San Francisco now have to stay in their homes, postponing the tournament is the best solution for all parties,” said PGA of America CEO Seth woch. “We are in close contact with PGA tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and our other partners and friends on the PGA tour to find another date for the tournament that would suit everyone. We also talk to the mayor of San Francisco. I hope that we will be able to hold the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in the summer, when it will be safe, ” woch added.

Commissioner Monahan himself said that it was very difficult for him to inform their managers about the cancellation of tournaments. “They work all year round to hold their championship. This is working within their cities and States, working with players. Such tournaments are extremely important for the regions where they are held. The other thing is that when I have to talk to them, the news of the cancellation is no longer very surprising. We all get information, we all want to make the right decisions together. This situation is really unique, I’m talking about how quickly things are changing.”

It is impossible to say exactly how and when all the tournaments will be held. This season, with the Olympics and the Ryder Cup in mind, was already going to be very busy, and now the task of preserving all the tournaments and holding them in a limited period of time seems even more difficult. However, Englishman Paul Casey does not mind at all if the “majors” will go after each other. “If we don’t risk anyone’s health by holding tournaments, and if the situation allows us to do so, then let’s try to play as many majors as possible. I don’t care how screwed up the schedule is if we have to play three majors in a short space of time. That’s fine with me. I want to win a major, so why not? Maybe I will have an opportunity to win one of these tournaments, ” Casey said.

At the moment, there is one known case of a positive test for coronavirus among golfers. South African Victor Lange passed the test at the end of the Estrella del Mar Open, which was held in South Africa, as a precautionary measure. It is reported that Lange accompanied a friend to the doctor and decided to take the test. On March 17, it became known that the result for the coronavirus was positive. The golfer has no symptoms. Lange is expected to make a full recovery. And some golfers continue to play now. Surprisingly, a three-round mini-tour tournament was held in Arizona, which was attended by 27 athletes. It was won by Anna Nordqvist, who is ranked 95th in the world ranking. PGA tour stars don’t stop playing either: Justin Thomas and rickie Fowler had several one-on-one rounds. So, on Thursday, they decided to arrange a “left-handed Tournament” and played only with the left hand: Fowler struck out 94 shots and was seven points ahead of his compatriot.

7 million to support Golf

Today it was announced that the R&A has set up a special Fund of seven million pounds to support Golf. We are talking about overcoming the consequences of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The money will be allocated to national associations and other R&A-affiliated entities, but only in the UK and Ireland. I think that it is not necessary to rush to the R&A with questions “What about the rest of the country?”. The old and Royal has spent and is spending substantial money on developing Golf around the world. Now they have decided to first support the affected clubs in their country. I am sure that all the others will not remain without support.

As Martin Slumbers, CEO of R&A, put it:”Golf is our DNA and we must do everything we can to help get out of the crisis.” Many (if not all) clubs in the United Kingdom have been severely affected by the restrictions imposed in connection with the pandemic and now money from the R&A Fund through national associations will be sent to them. The R&A is well aware that club Golf is the Foundation of Golf development in the country and that is why they want to help clubs in the first place.

I must say that even without any pandemics, the R&A has been very closely monitoring the state of club Golf in the country. A few years ago, I witnessed a very serious conversation between the management of the R&A and the municipality of a certain region, where they decided to close the municipal Golf course. As a result, the closure did not take place and the field is still open today.

Rhetorical questions “How is AGR going to support Russian clubs?» we won’t ask questions yet. And all of a sudden? For example, the President of the AGR will call together the club leaders and” in the image and likeness of the older brother ” will announce that he will return the money to the clubs for registering their members in the handicap system this year! Or even make this registration for all Russian golfers free for a year! That would be a great sign of concern for clubs and golfers!

Oh, what a sight to see on this self-isolation!!!

Phil Mickelson stood up for a colleague

In mid-June, the PGA Tour management plans to resume the season, interrupted due to the Covid-19 epidemic. the Charles Schwab Challenge tournament promises to gather a lot of star golfers, including Vijay Singh (Vijay Singh). The winner of three majors has a lifetime status on the PGA Tour, which he regularly enjoys, however, specific selection conditions will not allow him to play at the Colonial Golf club.

Singh found a great alternative and decided to show up for the Korn Ferry Tour, which will be held the same week at the TPC Sawgrass Golf club-the home arena of the 57 – year-old golfer. According to the rules, any representative of the main Tour has the right to play in the second division, but this decision of the honored veteran did not like some of his colleagues from the second League. One of the Korn Ferry Tour players spoke very negatively about this in social networks and reproached Singh that his decision to play at the Korn Ferry Challenge tournament just steals a place from one of the golfers trying to earn a living.

In the course of a heated exchange for a colleague, Phil Mickelson was forced to intercede (Phil Mickelson): “It is no secret that our relationship with Vijay is not close, but I would like to speak in his defense. Not only is he a member of the Golf Hall of Fame, he has also made a significant contribution to the development of the PGA Tour, on which the Korn Ferry Tour depends financially. So he deserves to play where and when he wants to.”

Head of the NOC of Australia: “The Tokyo games could be the greatest in history».

The head of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, shared his expectations for the summer Olympic games in Tokyo, which were postponed to 2021 due to a coronavirus.

“Since we will have to wait for these Games longer than usual, the joy of them will resemble the one that people experienced at the Olympics in 1920 and 1948.

I believe that the Tokyo Olympics can be the greatest in history. And putting aside the pride of a sydneysider, I say: I hope it will be so, ” Coates said.

Former President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Juan Antonio Samaranch considered the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney the best in history.

Golf will soon return to the UK

At the moment, the UK government is considering the possibility of easing the quarantine measures caused by the Covid-19 epidemic, and Golf fans can be among the first to feel this. Representatives of the Parliament have set up a special group that works with all interested organizations to ensure that British Golf clubs can be safely reopened as soon as possible.

“Members of Parliament are aware of how important Golf is to the UK and how much economic value it has, providing jobs for a significant number of people across the country and having a significant positive impact on people’s health,” the Chairman of the group said in a statement. “Golf was banned in Britain when lockdown was organized, but the very essence of the game implies that it can and should return immediately, provided that a number of measures are implemented to ensure social distance and other requirements of the authorities are met.”

Naturally, there is no discussion about the resumption of any level of competition, but representatives of the Old and Royal (The R&A) and the UK Golf Federation (UK Golf Federation) have agreed on a number of rules and instructions that should ensure safe access to Golf clubs when it is allowed.

Even for masters it is not easy without practice

Many bored Golf stars have recently posted educational videos on social networks for fans who want to maintain their playing form in the current conditions. The experienced Thomas Bjorn, who recorded a video for Callaway Golf Tour Tips, also joined this important case. The Dane, who led the European team at the last Ryder Cup, decided to hold a video lesson at his home in London, but something went wrong…

Thomas treated the incident with humor and added that this is exactly what happens when “you haven’t picked up a putter since February.” The representatives of the Callaway company did not stay away either, they reported on sending a set of their training balls (which are much softer than usual) to the golfer.

Raevo Golf & Country Club General Manager Iain Mcinally: the Desired goal has been achieved.

British Golf professional Ian McInally (Iain McInally) was recently appointed as General Manager of the Raevo Golf & Country Club project. His long-term experience in Golf and hotel business should be the key to successful work in Russia. Yulia Pavlova, marketing & PR Director of Raevo Golf club, spoke to Ian Mcinally about the stages of his activities in the Golf and hotel business, Russian Golf and the new Golf club in Odintsovo district.

Iain, tell us about your development in Golf.

My experience in Golf and hotel business is about 30 years. First as a Golf professional, then as a Manager of Golf clubs.
His career began with working in private clubs near London. First at the Wisley club for the first 5 years since it opened, and then I moved to Barbados and worked as the Director of Golf at Royal Westmoreland.
The next location was the exclusive 5-star Marriott country club in the UK. Then Home of Golf at the Old Course Hotel in Scotland, and then I became the Manager of the nearby Fairmont Golf resort.
Before joining the European Tour, I was the CEO of Quinta do Lago in Portugal, the prestigious Monte Rei, and then worked for Emaar at the Golf resort at the Address Montgomery hotel complex in Dubai.
During my five years at European Tour, the number of properties under my management has grown from 12 to 31 branded resorts.
In September 2019, I joined the Raevo team, which I am very happy about.

Why did you decide to work at a Russian Golf club? What was the reason for this interest?

My main goal in my career has always been to work at the highest level of facilities that are directly related to Golf. Raevo is an ideal project that combines absolute quality and high service not only in providing Golf services, but also in other areas of recreation: tennis, winter entertainment, restaurants, SPA, real estate.

Speaking of personal life and interests, my wife was born in Russia and speaks Russian fluently. We love Moscow and see a number of excellent development opportunities for our family here.

Tell us your vision of the Raevo Golf & Country Club project. What is its special feature and what are the prospects?

My role is to direct the project and the club’s team in the right direction, focusing on the absolute quality and level of services provided.

The center of attraction at the club will always be an unsurpassed Golf course, but all other aspects must also meet high quality standards.

There are many examples where the presence of a Golf course at any resort significantly increases the value of hotel accommodation, the cost of real estate on the territory not only increases significantly, but is also subject to protection from changes in the market, the possibility of rapid resale.

Why is the closed work format chosen for Raevo? Tell us about the advantages.

The word “closed” may not be quite correct in this context, but if we talk about Raevo, it will be an absolutely private club for its members, their families and guests. There is a great saying “Private clubs should operate in private” and we will try to go completely in this direction. Of course, sometimes we will go beyond the system and take part in the social life of the Golf community. However, Raevo will become a unique place for club members, where they can enjoy all the amenities, home atmosphere, attention and personal service.

You have a lot of experience working with Golf clubs, you travel a lot. Tell us, which club is considered the standard of service, quality and beauty for You?

The question of preferences is always quite subjective, but thanks to my experience with almost 40 of the best venues around the world, there are places that I admire for various reasons: the Wisley and Queenwood Clubs in London have a structure that involves private and exclusive activities. Always remaining true to this concept, they maintain high quality in service and work, respecting all the needs and desires of club members.
If we talk about the Terre Blanche resort in Provence, it has perhaps the highest quality in all its areas and is constantly striving for improvement and innovation.
Finca Cortesin in Spain continues to develop with an emphasis on absolute attention to detail. This is probably why these clubs are my favorite.

However, when visiting the famous St Andrews as a golfer, I am overwhelmed by a sense of belonging to a history and experience that has remained largely unchanged for several generations, which in this case is the ideal way to exist and operate.

What are the global advantages of managing IMG for Raevo Golf club?

Today, IMG is the world’s largest sports and event promotion company. If we talk about global impact, it is the integration of the management system, marketing coverage and access to industry information. From the point of view of the Raevo club, working together with IMG will allow club members to have special access to more than 200 Golf courses around the world, which are part of the IMG Prestige network. We are also talking about such famous sites as Turnberry in Scotland, Le Golf National in Paris, Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, Ba Na Hills in Vietnam and Monte Rei in Portugal.

In Russia IMG promotes and participates in events: Moscow Fashion Week, Taste of Moscow, UFC fights, the Kremlin Cup in tennis and others, providing exclusive participation opportunities for members of the Raevo Golf club.

How do you assess the Golf market in Russia?

Golf in Russia is still a small market in terms of the number of Amateurs playing, but it has an incredibly rich resources and opportunities that combine the high quality of Golf courses and professionals involved in this sport.

The Moscow region is the location of three Jack Nicklaus signature fields, as well as three fields included in the top 100 rating in Continental Europe, which is really unique in terms of the total number of participants in the rating.

Coronavirus and Golf: fans, tournaments and prospects

What could be more enjoyable than walking from one hole to the next, spreading your arms to the sides and greeting the fans on the left and right? Not during an outbreak of the coronavirus, which is spreading all over the world, but miraculously bypasses Russia.

Rickie Fowler, one of the most popular golfers among fans, used to regularly come into contact with Golf fans, but over the past few years, he does this less and less often.

“Periodically, I became ill. I don’t want to say that this is directly related to manual contact with other people, but now I very rarely shake hands with someone. Sometimes I can greet someone with a “fist bump”. When you regularly reach out to someone, you increase the risk of catching something. At some point I realized it, and now I understand it even better, ” Fowler said.

The opposite view is held by Billy Horschel. He believes that contact with fans is an integral part of Golf.

“This is not Golf, this is not the sport that we are used to. I just hope that the people I shake hands with know their condition, and if they are ill, they just won’t come to the field,” Horschel said.

In the English football Premier League, handshakes of players before the start of matches were previously canceled, and in the NBA, players are asked not to pick up items from fans that can be autographed.

The PGA Championship should be held in San Francisco as planned

What about the upcoming Golf tournaments?

On the European tour, some events have already been canceled, while the PGA is still on schedule. However, there is a possibility that some tournaments may be held without spectators.

“Now there are rumors that the” masters ” can not let the audience. The players have been talking about this for a couple of days. It is simply impossible to imagine the masters without Golf fans, ” Horschel added.

There were also rumors that the PGA Championship, which is scheduled to take place in San Francisco at TPC Harding Park, will be moved to another city. The Commissioner of the PGA tour, Jay Monahan (Jay Monahan) has denied these rumors.

“PGA of America executives plan to hold the PGA Championship in San Francisco at TPC Harding Park. As for the WGC stage in Austin, which is scheduled to take place in two weeks, we expect that the tournament will take place. Another thing is that the situation changes so quickly that sometimes new information appears every day or every hour. But at the moment, we have plans to hold the tournament in Austin, ” Monahan said.

Jack Nicklaus: “I don’t think the masters Golf tournament will take place».

Will the masters be canceled? Jack Nicklaus (Jack Nicklaus) admits that the first Golf “major” of the season can be canceled.

On Friday, we learned that the masters, which was scheduled for April 9-12, has been postponed. When? This question could not be answered then or now.

We know for sure that there will be no Golf in the next month. At the moment, the next start on the PGA tour is the RBC Heritage in South Carolina from April 16 to 19. Of course, its holding is now in question.

As for the masters, it has just been postponed, but it is not clear how you can change the calendar to hold all four majors, the Ryder Cup, the Olympics, the FedEx Cup playoffs, the WGC stage and other tournaments until the end of September.

Jack Nicklaus said that he spoke with the Chairman of Augusta National, Fred Ridley, even before the official announcement about the transfer of the masters.

“I think they made the right decision. I support it.

I don’t think anyone would want to come to Augusta and get sick. People come there from all over the world, and there is a high chance that someone may bring the virus with them,” Niklaus believes.

When can the masters be held?

Ridley himself, when announcing the postponement of the tournament, did not specify when golfers will still be able to play in Augusta. Experts believe that the tournament may take place in October, but the 18-time major champion is not sure that the masters will take place in principle.

“Technically, they just moved it, but I don’t know how they will be able to hold the masters later in the season. How will they manage to fit the tournament into the calendar? If it succeeds, it may not be fair to other competitions. I think the masters will probably be canceled this year. This is just my opinion, but I think there is a logic here, ” Niklaus added.

Indeed, there are no free weeks on the PGA tour calendar until the end of August. There is in September, after the end of the season and before the Ryder Cup, but, you must agree, this is a very strange time for the main tournament of the season. October seems a more reasonable solution. Accordingly, the points will go into the new season’s standings.

Is it possible to cancel some” normal “tournament in the spring or summer and hold the “masters” instead? Theoretically Yes, but as Mr Nicklaus said, it would be unfair to the organisers, sponsors and fans in a particular city who have been waiting a year for the top golfers to arrive.

Jack Nicklaus: “I don’t think the masters Golf tournament will take place».

On Friday, we learned that the masters, which was scheduled for April 9-12, has been postponed. When? This question could not be answered either then or now.

We know for sure that there will be no Golf in the next month. At the moment, the next start on the PGA tour is the RBC Heritage in South Carolina from April 16 to 19. Of course, its holding is now in question.

As for the masters, it has just been postponed, but it is not clear how you can change the calendar to hold all four majors, the Ryder Cup, the Olympics, the FedEx Cup playoffs, the WGC stage and other tournaments until the end of September.

Jack Nicklaus said that he spoke with the Chairman of Augusta National, Fred Ridley, even before the official announcement of the transfer of the masters.

“I think they made the right decision. I support it.

I don’t think anyone would want to come to Augusta and get sick. People come there from all over the world, and there is a high chance that someone may bring the virus with them,” Niklaus believes.

When can the masters be held?

Ridley himself, when announcing the postponement of the tournament, did not specify when golfers will still be able to play in Augusta. Experts believe that the tournament may take place in October, but the 18-time major champion is not sure that the masters will take place in principle.

“Technically, they just moved it, but I don’t know how they will be able to hold the masters later in the season. How will they manage to fit the tournament into the calendar? If it succeeds, it may not be fair to other competitions. I think the masters will probably be canceled this year. This is just my opinion, but I think there is a logic here, ” Niklaus added.

Indeed, there are no free weeks on the PGA tour calendar until the end of August. There is in September, after the end of the season and before the Ryder Cup, but, you must agree, this is a very strange time for the main tournament of the season. October seems a more reasonable solution. Accordingly, the points will go into the new season’s standings.

Is it possible to cancel some” normal “tournament in the spring or summer and hold the “masters” instead? Theoretically Yes, but as Mr Nicklaus said, it would be unfair to the organisers, sponsors and fans in a particular city who have been waiting a year for the top golfers to arrive.

 

Financial losses from the transfer of the Olympic games in Tokyo to 2021 will amount to more than $5.8 billion

The postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will deal a blow to the Japanese economy and lead to financial losses that will exceed $ 5.8 billion. This is reported by the British economic publication LearnBonds.

The Olympic games were supposed to be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, they were postponed to 2021.

In 2013, when the capital of Japan was chosen for the 2020 Olympics, it was estimated that hosting the Games would cost about $ 6.6 billion, but by the end of 2019, the total cost had almost doubled to $ 12.3 billion.

The organizing Committee invested 5.51 billion dollars in the Olympics. Tokyo authorities were in second place in terms of spending, spending just $ 5 million less than the organizing Committee. The Central government of Japan allocated 1.37 billion dollars.

One of the crucial factors in calculating how the postponement of the Games has hit Japan’s economy is that much of this spending has already occurred. This means that the impact of spending has already been factored into the country’s gross domestic product in recent years.

The postponement of the Games had an impact on the training of 11,000 athletes and 4,400 Paralympic athletes. Many of them trained for several weeks in countries that have now closed their borders. Their expenses for preparing for the Olympics totaling $ 3.56 billion were also attributed to losses.

The Olympics are expected to have a long-term economic impact on Japan, generating more than $ 2 billion in revenue mainly from tourism, Tokyo’s infrastructure development, and continued use of new facilities.

The projected cost of maintaining, repairing, and managing stadiums and the Olympic village will be about $ 210 million, while public relations and communications costs will be $ 91 million.

Also lost profit from sponsorship and advertising contracts in the amount of 4.4 billion dollars.

Japanese businesses had a significant share in the budget for the Tokyo Olympics. Sponsorship money totaled $ 3.18 billion, which is a record. The 2012 Olympic games in London and the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro attracted three times less money from local sponsors.

This figure does not include the partnership agreements concluded between the giant companies Panasonic, Toyota and Bridgestone and the International Olympic Committee to sponsor several Games in a row. These organizations have exclusive deals with the IOC worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

NBC set a record by selling more than $ 1.25 billion worth of ads in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic games. Although the company was insured, delaying the Tokyo Olympics would cost them a loss of advertising revenue. During Rio 2016, NBC earned about $ 250 million in advertising.