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LPGA's English-only Policy Retracted

Korea Daily, News Report, Posted: Sep 08, 2008

Facing raucous protests, the Ladies Professional Golf Association announced Friday that it would rescind the English-only policy,reports Korea Daily. According to the Korean language newspaper, LPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens said that instead of suspending golfers who could not speak English in media interviews, acceptance speeches and tournaments by 2009, it would recommend other measures to encourage foreign players to acquire English speaking skills. Those ideas will be outlined in a revised policy by year's end. When LPGA announced the English-only policy last month, it was soon bombarded with criticism across the country, especially from the Korean American community, which considered the policy a discrimination against South Korean players, who are significantly represented in the LPGA membership. Despite the policy shift, at a press conference held Friday in Los Angeles, a coalition of Asian, Latino and black politicians still denounced the LPGA's action.

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