Euro chief concerned about unrest in Bahrain

Keith Walters (left) and George O'Grady of the European Tour.
Keith Walters (left) and George O'Grady of the European Tour. ( Getty Images )

Monday, April 18, 2011

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – European Tour chief executive George O’Grady says organizers will wait several months before deciding whether to hold the Volvo Golf Champions tournament for a second year in Bahrain.

Authorities in Bahrain have cracked down heavily on dissent since anti-government protests began Feb. 14. The unrest has left 30 people dead, including four opposition supporters who died in custody, and forced Formula One’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix to be called off.

Bahrain is due to host the first tournament of 2012. In an interview with The Associated Press, O’Grady said Monday that this year’s inaugural event, held in late January, was problem-free and deemed a success.

O’Grady says “Bahrain is being monitored all the time.” readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.