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Dmitry Svatkovsky: “In the next 5-10 years, the attitude to Golf in Russia may change»

Exactly 20 years ago, Dmitry Svatkovsky achieved the main achievement in his career — a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney in modern pentathlon. Soon after those Games, Dmitry finished his career, but did not leave the sport. In 2004, he became President of the European modern pentathlon Confederation, and was also the Director of the organizing Committee for the nomination of Moscow to host the 2012 Olympics and Sochi to host the 2014 Olympics. In addition, Svatkovsky is a Deputy of The state Duma, and also actively plays Golf. We talked with Dmitry about the problems of Russian Golf, its strengths and weaknesses as a player, as well as the upcoming tournament “Strong figures”.

  • Dmitry, in Russia and the former Soviet Union, there is still an opinion that Golf is a bourgeois sport only for the rich. Do you think Golf can expect a transformation in people’s minds like what happened to tennis in the 90s?
    — Such a transformation can indeed be expected, but under certain conditions! First, it is the emergence of a more developed and accessible infrastructure. There are prerequisites for this both in the two capitals and in the regions, because Golf has recently become an Olympic sport and the attitude towards it is gradually changing. Secondly, it is staffing – the appearance of methodologists, coaches with sufficient qualifications. Third, it is the appearance of Russian Champions-people who will be looked up to and whose success stories will be known. Our girls have a good chance here. When these three components add up to a single puzzle (in my opinion, this may happen within 5-10 years), we can expect a change in the attitude to Golf in our country.

— You, Svetlana Zhurova, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Vera Shimanskaya and other famous Russian athletes switched to Golf at the end of their main career. For you, Golf is just a hobby and a pleasant pastime in good company, or does your sporting nature and desire to show the best results manifest themselves in any situation?
— Of course, this is a pleasant leisure in the first place. This is communication with people who are United by one interest, one goal. I would put the sports component in second place. Although in the heat of competition, there is often excitement and emotions overwhelm, and there is a great desire to achieve a high sporting result.

  • Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses as a golfer.
  • Weak points are unstable strikes at a distance of more than 150 meters, there is still a lot of work to be done. And I will refer to the strengths of the “short” game — everything within 100 meters. I have gained confidence and psychological stability. Of course, a school of big-time sports makes itself felt: how to control your emotions as not to draw attention to the failures and to prepare for the next shot.

— The main problem of popularizing Golf in Russia today is the lack of a truly big international star, or will the mass audience still not be very interested in watching a player go through 18 holes for 4-5 hours?
— I think the issue of creating infrastructure again comes to the fore. And, of course, individual success stories attract both children and adults. In addition, holding major international competitions in our country will give an impetus to the development of Golf.

— In a recent interview, you said that Golf will at some point become closer to the people due to mass participation. Has this process already started or not yet?
— This process began and developed rapidly. Now a lot depends on the position of the state and the Ministry of sports of the Russian Federation. If a special program is created to support Golf in terms of creating conditions and schools on the ground, the process will go much faster. There are examples of many countries where Golf is a popular game.

— Do you follow the world of Golf? If so, which golfers and golfers do you like?
— I follow men’s Golf. At the top of my personal ranking, tiger woods is my age, and I have been watching him for many years, long before I came to Golf myself. A great career with UPS and downs. I will be happy to read his memoirs in the future. I am also interested in European golfers Jon RAM and Henrik Stenson. I am closely following Brooks Koepka, who is going through difficult times, and I wonder how he will cope with this situation. I am waiting for Russian golfers to appear. I think the audience of Golf in the country in this case would expand at a tremendous pace.

— Do you plan to introduce your children to Golf?
— The whole family watches my performances. The girls were already holding clubs in their hands, trying out punches. I think that this year we will go out with them on the field. I also promote Golf among my friends and try to involve them in this sport.

Organizers of OI-2020 canceled the countdown ceremony before the start of the tournament

The organizers of the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo decided to cancel the countdown ceremony before the start of the tournament, which was scheduled for July 23, reports Wtvbam with reference to the Japanese TV channel NHK.

“We cannot afford to hold such a large-scale event at this time, as there is still a risk of the spread of coronavirus,” said one of the members of the organizing Committee of the Games.

Earlier it became known that the government of Japan and the organizing Committee of the Games are considering a simplified holding of the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. The Games were originally scheduled to take place in July-August 2020, but they were moved to the same dates in 2021. Due to the risk of spreading coronavirus, the possibility of reducing the number of participants in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic games will be considered. They can also reduce the number of viewers.

Most of the residents of Tokyo have decided against holding the Olympics already migrated

More than half of Tokyo residents spoke out against holding the Olympic games in the capital of Japan, which were previously postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is reported by “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”, referring to the report of the Kyodo Agency, which used the data of local sociologists.

1030 people aged 18 to 72 took part in the survey. The opinions of the capital’s residents were divided as follows: 51.7% of respondents were against the Olympics, 46.3% were in favor, and 2% could not decide on the answer.

Recall that it was originally planned that the summer Olympics in Tokyo will be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but according to the decision approved by the International Olympic Committee, it was postponed to the same dates in 2021.

Taro Yamamoto, a former actor who now heads the Reiwa Shinsengumi party, announced his candidacy for the post of Governor of Tokyo (Japan), Bloomberg reports.

It is reported that the main point of his program in case of winning the election will be the cancellation of the summer Olympic games in Tokyo. He believes that the money that will be spent on hosting the Olympics can be used more efficiently in another area.

Tokyo’s gubernatorial election will be held on July 5. The current Governor, Yuriko Koike, has also put forward her candidacy.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympic games, which were scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, were postponed to next summer and will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

Is the Tiger Woods era over?

The most famous golfer of our time tiger woods has completed treatment for drug dependence. Will we see him again on the podium of any major tournament?
In the noughties, every housewife knew woods’s name. His successes were aware of not only those who can not distinguish between “birdie” from steam, and the bunker from the green, but even those who have little idea how to look for the Golf clubs, how many of them, and how they differ.

All these details are for professionals or at least fans of the most aristocratic (according to adepts) sport. But there was so much of woods in everyday life that it was hard to miss him. He looked at us from the covers of magazines, glossy or not, smiled from the TV screen during ads, his victories were told about in the news of sports where Golf is not very welcome, he produced his own clothes and a named video game. He also regularly topped the list of the richest athletes – his earnings exceeded a billion dollars. Ten years later, they had forgotten a little about Woods.

Eldrick Taunt wood, the sportsman’s full name, attracted widespread attention at the end of may. Then the press reported that the 14-time major winner was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and spent the night in a police station. Fried facts immediately flew to the pages of Newspapers and websites, where they began to savor the fans of sensations.

As in the old joke about Rabinovich winning a million dollars in the lottery, not all the information was correct. The details appeared a little later, and were not so scandalous. As it turned out, about three o’clock in the morning, the highway patrol in the Florida city of palm beach noticed a Mercedes standing with the engine running right on the road. Inside, the police found woods asleep, whose behavior seemed strange to them – he was slow and could not speak clearly. Naturally, with such symptoms, the athlete was immediately sent to the right place.

Woods himself denied from the start that he was drunk, and for good reason – alcohol was never found in his blood. But the 41-year-old golfer had to admit to other sins. As it turned out, he was taking medication prescribed by a doctor, including painkillers and sleeping pills. I went too far, falling asleep at the wheel. After that, he had to start a rehabilitation course. In particular, the charge of driving under the influence of drugs was reduced to just dangerous driving, which implies much less severe penalties. This story is not over yet.

Gareth Bale makes fun of himself. He performed a famous challenge with a Golf club

Real Madrid want to sell Gareth Bale. Fans are not happy with the Welshman’s performance. They have been bantering for at least a year that the forward is more interested in Golf than football. This is all not news — bale’s problems in Madrid are already tired of listening to. It seems that it is time for Gareth to leave at least in the current transfer window.

With real Madrid and Zidane, it doesn’t work out. At least in 2020. It used to be all right.

But now everything is obvious: real Madrid is ready to do anything in the summer to part with Bale. Florentino Perez accepted that Gareth, with his salary, demands and dubious prospects, was too difficult to sell. Therefore, Madrid is ready to give Bale for free. Despite the fact that the player’s contract is valid until 2022. But if a particular club agrees with Gareth himself, Real Madrid will release the Welshman as a free agent. That’s it.

But one thing is unclear-does bale still love football? Ready to tear and throw? Give 200 percent for any team in this world? Get high on football?

Not from Golf. While the world almost does not play football because of the coronavirus-a new challenge has appeared. Players mint toilet paper — a scarce product, by the way! Bale changed the rules — he used paper as a gate (well, or a hole). He used a Golf club to roll a ball into it. Also for Golf.

On the one hand, of course, it’s fun. On the other hand, Bale is constantly being told that Golf is more important to him than football. Although, of course, he’s not a Pro golfer. But a professional football player…

And so, when all the Championships were put on pause, and people have much more time on the Internet, bale first: a) Announced plans to open a bar in his native Cardiff… with two Golf courses on the roof. Par 59 will have a restaurant, two bar counters, two mini Golf courses, and 18 thousand square meters of space. “I won’t play football forever, so I’m thinking about the future. And your own, and your favorite city. Yes, the coronavirus confuses everyone’s plans, but we are optimistic, ” bale was quoted as saying.

“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.

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.