Bashundhara Bangladesh Open, the lone Asian Tour golf tournament ever to be held in the country, was back on track following some assurance from the sponsors, officials said on Wednesday.
The US$300,000 tournament, which put Bangladesh into world golfing map, was thrown into uncertainty as sponsors had shown their reluctance to continue with it citing lack of exposures.
Title sponsor Bashundhara Group had signed a three-year deal with the organisers of the tournament Kurmitola Golf Club in 2015, which was scheduled to expire this year.
However, the first two editions of the tournament could generate little interest from local media, leaving the sponsors somewhat disappointed.
The tournament organisers could finally convince them to see out their contract, putting the prestigious tournament back on track.
Brigadier general (retired) Mohammad Obaidul Haque, the chief executive officer of Kurmitola Golf Club, however, denied any uncertainty with the tournament and said it would be held in time.
‘The tournament will be held as per the schedule from February 1-4,’ Obaidul told New Age on Wednesday. ‘Our preparation is going smoothly. We are now working on all the necessary arrangements.’
There was no immediate comment from the sponsors.
According to Asian Tour website, around 125 players, including the champion of past two editions Mardan Mamat of Singapore and Thitiphun Chuayprakhong are expected to participate in the tournament.
The participants include two invitees — Sam Cyr of USA and Simon Griffiths of England.
A total of 31 Bangladeshi golfers, including two-time Asian tour winner Siddikur Rahman, are also expected to participate.
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