R&A: no fears over Open despite Brexit woes

By Peter Winter


By Peter Winter



THE R&A has moved to dampen fears over the delivery of the Open Championship in Portrush amid uncertainty over Brexit.

Last week under the headline ‘I wish I'd axed ‘Open in NI over Brexit woe', the Belfast Telegraph reported that Chief Executive Martin Slumbers would have preferred a venue other than Portrush while facing the prospect of no-deal exit form the EU.

However the controversy that followed prompted a further statement from the R&A boss insisting his organisation would deliver an “outstanding” event.

“We are determined to deliver an outstanding Championship at Royal Portrush and stage the biggest ever sporting event ever to be held on the island of Ireland,” he said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that it is going be an historic occasion and fans will be able to look back on this year’s Championship as one of the great sporting events. 

“It is a privilege to be bringing The Open back to Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951 and we are all looking forward to it very much. We are working with our partners and the local agencies in Northern Ireland to stage a fantastic Championship of which everyone will be proud.”

*Read more on this inside this week's Chronicle.

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