Swedish Golf Federation Won’t Renew Stenson’s Contract - Hakansson
Following Henrik Stenson’s decision to join Saudi-backed LIV circuit, the Swedish Golf Federation have announced that they would not renew contracts with golfer.
Stenson was removed as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain in July shortly after signing with LIV Golf, funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which has drawn criticism from human rights activists concerned about Saudi Arabia’s record.
The Swedish federation’s Secretary General Gunnar Hakansson told newsmen: “We believe that Henrik, given his involvement with LIV Golf, can no longer act as a role model for Swedish junior golfers.” He added that the decision had been discussed since Stenson announced he was joining LIV and the development meant he wasn’t “appropriate as a role model in our junior and paragolf activities” .
Stenson had previously acted as an ambassador for the federation’s paragolf efforts and hosted competitions for both junior golfers and paragolfers.