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Asian Tour stars hail strategic partnership with China Golf Association

Asian Tour stars believe the recently-announced strategic partnership between the China Golf Association (CGA) and Asian Tour will be a massive boost for the growth and development of professional golf in the region.

Under this new and exciting collaboration, golfers will enjoy increased playing opportunities as the CGA and Asian Tour plan to stage up to four new events in China this year where earnings will count towards the Asian Tour Order of Merit and China Tour Order of Merit.


Cricket Australia to introduce wage parity as part of Gender Equality initiative

Cricket Australia (CA) has presented a revamped financial payment structure that will enable the women cricketers to have a fully professional sporting career at both international and domestic levels, it was announced on Tuesday.

CA CEO James Sutherland said the offer was for a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and contained a number of landmark features. Through a financial package, CA "will achieve gender equity by ensuring that the minimum and average hourly pay will be the same for state men and women in 2017/18".


PGA TOUR, LPGA and Topgolf Growing Golf with Topgolf Junior PLAY

Kids across the nation are gaining accessibility to the game of golf, thanks to an alliance with Topgolf®, the PGA TOUR and the LPGA. On March 19, junior golfers (ages 6-17) from The First Tee and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf enjoyed an afternoon of free game play, golf instruction, food and beverage at Topgolf venues in Jacksonville, Fla., Gilbert, Ariz., Alpharetta, Ga., Dallas and Denver. At the first annual Junior PLAY event, Topgolf announced it is now offering free game play for charitable organizations committed to youth leadership and mentorship, in addition to any high school golf team.

“The PGA TOUR and LPGA are collaborating with Topgolf on developing initiatives to help grow the game,” said Ty Votaw, PGA TOUR Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. “PGA TOUR Charities is excited to bring LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and The First Tee together to experience a free Topgolf event through Topgolf Junior PLAY. Topgolf is having tremendous success attracting golfers and non-golfers alike by providing a fun, casual atmosphere at its venues. Alongside this event, Topgolf is announcing free game play at Topgolf for charitable organizations committed to youth leadership and mentorship, in addition to any high school golf team. Collectively this speaks to the commitment of our respective organizations to grow our sport.”


Canadian Olympic Committee welcomes six new members to its Athletes’ Commission

Six summer Olympians were elected to the Canadian Olympic Committee’s (COC) Athletes’ Commission to represent all Olympic and Pan American Games athletes in Canada.

Elected by their fellow Rio 2016 Olympians and Toronto 2015 athletes, the six new members of the Athletes’ Commission are Martha McCabe (Swimming), Oluseyi Smith (Athletics), Will Dean (Rowing), Rosie MacLennan (Gymnastics - Trampoline), Mark Pearson (Field Hockey), and Iñaki Gomez (Athletics).


US Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny resigns amid sexual abuse scandal

The President and CEO of the US Gymnastics, Steve Penny, has quit following intensified pressure on the organisation over its handling of allegations of sexual abuse over the years.

"We all care deeply about the safety of our athletes, which is fundamental to a rewarding experience at any level of gymnastics," Xinhua news agency quoted Penny as saying in a statement.


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