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Agrees with Tutu that he's too close to Burma regime

By unknown | Oct 09, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Khangale Makhado

Khangale Makhado

Golfing legend Gary Player has been kicked out as Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (NMCF) annual invitational fundraising golf eventset for next month.

This follows an international campaign driven by Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu for the isolation of the Burma regime and individuals associated with it. Player has come under severe criticism because a golf course he has designed is being used by members of the ruling junta.

The Burmese regime has been under fire for its oppressive practices against human rights violations in that country.

Player has been a host of the seven-year-old tourney that raise funds for the NMCF and the Gary Player Foundation. However, his charity remains a beneficiary. The yearly event attracts top golfers from around the world.

"Gary player , because of his links to golfers and his intimate knowledge of the game, has traditionally been host and guest of honour although it must be stressed that the Nelson Mandela Invitational is an ongoing, independent initiative not permanently tied to any individual golfer," said the NMCF.

"In the light of the controversies surrounding Player's reported interests in that country, the NMCF has subsequently asked Player to step down both as a host and a guest of honour to the tournament."

President Mbeki was criticised by some people for awarding Player national honours two years ago. Critics cited his support of some initiatives by the apartheid goverment.


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