PGA and Sky TV implicated in Cyprus Golf Scandal

The following post was copied from Cyprus44 and alleges that pressure from the GC government forced the cancellation of a Sky TV Europro Tour Golf Event in Northern Cyprus.

Dear Sir,

I am the Chairman of an organising committee set up to promote a Sky televised, Europro Tour Golf Event in Northern Cyprus. Event negotiations had moved to contract signature last week when the promoters, Barry Hearn’s Matchroom organisation, on behalf of the European PGA, cancelled the event. The background to the cancellation was political, at the same time as Matchroom were negotiating with Korineum in North Cyprus they were also talking to a Republic of Cyprus golf club, Aphrodite Hills. The latter club also agreed a contract for an event later in the year. On signature they then threatened/blackmailed Matchroom to pull out of the Korineum agreement. This was clearly racial and religious discrimination on the part of Matchroom and the PGA who could have run both events but decided to support the Greek Cypriots and disregard¬† the Turkish Cypriots and all previous negotiations held.

Background

In October 2009 Korineum Golf and Country Club, North Cyprus (Turkish Cypriot Administered), advised Matchroom (Mr Sam Piggott), promoters of the Eurpro Tour, a third tier championship in the European PGA that they wished to host an event. There were some concerns on the part of the organisers because of the political situation in Cyprus. The PGA were contacted (Mr Simon Higginbottom) and their support for the event sought. Korineum Management and the North Cyprus Golf Federation were encouraged to organise the event, which would be a first for Cyprus, and negotiations commenced.

Last week shortly after the organisers of the Korineum event had agreed a contract, they were advised that it had been cancelled. It later transpired that Matchroom had also agreed to organise a similar event in the Republic of Cyprus (Greek administered) later in the year and when the organisers of that event heard about the Northern event, threatened Matchroom. The promoter subsequently pulled out of the Northern Cyprus event.

Summary

It appears that this withdrawal, on the eve of contract signing, was politically and racially motivated with Aphrodite Hills Golf Club putting pressure on the PGA and Matchroom to withdraw, or else!

It appears incongruous that while the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders of the Cyprus people seem to be committed to reuniting Cyprus, the Republic of Cyprus is doing everything in its power to isolate Northern Cyprus from anything approaching normality.

In addition, an organisation that exists to promote sport, appears to be happy to get involved in the complicated politics of Cyprus.The collective result is, a huge number of people in the Northern part of the Island will no longer have the opportunity to host and be involved in the eagerly anticipated event, into which a great deal of time and effort had already been invested.

These actions are a disgrace and should not be tolerated in any civilised society, never mind the EU.

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Date: Wednesday, 10 February, 2010, 14:17

Dear Sir,

I am the Chairman of an organising committee set up to promote a Sky televised, Europro Tour Golf Event in Northern Cyprus. Event negotiations had moved to contract signature last week when the promoters, Barry Hearn’s Matchroom organisation, on behalf of the European PGA, cancelled the event. The background to the cancellation was political, at the same time as Matchroom were negotiating with Korineum in North Cyprus they were also talking to a Republic of Cyprus golf club, Aphrodite Hills. The latter club also agreed a contract for an event later in the year. On signature they then threatened/blackmailed Matchroom to pull out of the Korineum agreement. This was clearly racial and religious discrimination on the part of Matchroom and the PGA who could have run both events but decided to support the Greek Cypriots and disregard….

StGeorgeI

Joined: 27/08/2009
Posts: 268

Message Posted:
12/02/2010 09:32

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….the Turkish Cypriots and all previous negotiations held.

Background

In October 2009 Korineum Golf and Country Club, North Cyprus (Turkish Cypriot Administered), advised Matchroom (Mr Sam Piggott), promoters of the Eurpro Tour, a third tier championship in the European PGA that they wished to host an event. There were some concerns on the part of the organisers because of the political situation in Cyprus. The PGA were contacted (Mr Simon Higginbottom) and their support for the event sought. Korineum Management and the North Cyprus Golf Federation were encouraged to organise the event, which would be a first for Cyprus, and negotiations commenced.

Last week shortly after the organisers of the Korineum event had agreed a contract, they were advised that it had been cancelled. It later transpired that Matchroom had also agreed to organise a similar event in the Republic of Cyprus (Greek administered) later in the year and when the organisers of that event heard….

StGeorgeI

Joined: 27/08/2009
Posts: 268

Message Posted:
12/02/2010 09:33

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Message 3 of 7 in Discussion
….about the Northern event, threatened Matchroom. The promoter subsequently pulled out of the Northern Cyprus event.

Summary

It appears that this withdrawal, on the eve of contract signing, was politically and racially motivated with Aphrodite Hills Golf Club putting pressure on the PGA and Matchroom to withdraw, or else!

It appears incongruous that while the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders of the Cyprus people seem to be committed to reuniting Cyprus, the Republic of Cyprus is doing everything in its power to isolate Northern Cyprus from anything approaching normality.

In addition, an organisation that exists to promote sport, appears to be happy to get involved in the complicated politics of Cyprus.The collective result is, a huge number of people in the Northern part of the Island will no longer have the opportunity to host and be involved in the eagerly anticipated event, into which a great deal of time and effort had already been invested.

…..

StGeorgeI

Joined: 27/08/2009
Posts: 268

Message Posted:
12/02/2010 09:34

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Message 4 of 7 in Discussion
….

These actions are a disgrace and should not be tolerated in any civilised society, never mind the EU.

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