first_imgSpeculation is mounting that Ballyliffin Golf Club are set to make an approach to the European Tour regarding the possibility of them hosting the prestigious Irish Open event in 2019.  Ballyliffin Golf Club has already staged top quality events in the form of the Challenge Tour and a number of European Senior tour events.The course is highly regarded throughout Ireland, the stunning course boasts two championship links courses – The Old Links and The Glashedy Links. It’s Ireland’s most northerly golf course, and has drawn acclaim for its spectacular setting and outstanding presentation standards throughout the year.The Inishowen club is considering making an approach amid speculation that Royal Portrush could stage the 2019 British Open.If the Irish Open was to be held in Ballyliffin, it would represent a major boost to the local economy in Inishowen, and would be welcomed by the tourism sector in the county.BALLYLIFFIN GOLF CLUB HOPING TO HOST IRISH OPEN IN 2019 was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:approachBallyliffin Golf ClubBritish OpencourseEuropean TourIrish OpennewsSportlast_img read more

CCI orders probe against Athletics Federation of India

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) The Competition Commission has ordered a detailed probe against Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for alleged abuse of dominant position, following a complaint by the Sports Ministry. The investigation has been ordered after the fair trade regulator found prima facie evidence of competition norm violations by AFI. The Department of Sports, under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, filed the complaint after AFI decided to take action against state units, officials and athletes who encourage unauthorised marathons without taking the federations permission. This decision was taken at AFIs annual general meeting held in April 2015. AFI works towards promoting athletics in the country and the government provides financial assistance from time to time for its functioning. Besides, the body generates a large sum of money through sponsorship and royalty while organising various national and international athletic events.For this case, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) considered “provision of services relating to organisation of athletics/athletic activities in India” as the relevant market. “It appears that by virtue of its dominance in the relevant market, the opposite party (AFI) is trying to impose discriminatory conditions like mandatory permission for conducting national and international marathon meets and it is thereby restricting the entry of new entrants into the relevant market,” CCI said in its order dated March 16. According to the regulator, AFI is dominant in the relevant market, considering its control over managing athletic activities in the country and its wide reach with 32 affiliated state and institutional units. Ordering an investigation into the matter, CCI said the conduct of the federation prima facie appears to be abuse of dominant position. The regulators investigation arm — Director General (DG) — will probe the case. In case AFI is found to have contravened competition norms, the DG will also investigate the role of the officials and persons in-charge at the time of violations. According to the watchdog, AFI has been engaged in organising various national and international athletic events and generating revenue out of such activities through various means such as royalty and sponsorship. “The said activities of AFI can be aptly termed as economic activities and hence, AFI stands covered within the meaning of enterprise in terms of the provisions of Section 2(h) of the (Competition) Act,” it said. AFI is affiliated to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and the Indian Olympic Association. PTI PRJ RAM ARDadvertisementlast_img read more