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Asian Tour members face fine, ban over OneAsia events

The Asian Tour has been accused of jeopardising their players' livelihoods by threatening to fine members and ban them if they compete in the upcoming Volvo China Open without permission.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2009 19:07 IST

The Asian Tour has been accused of jeopardising their players' livelihoods by threatening to fine members and ban them if they compete in the upcoming Volvo China Open without permission.

Earlier this month, the Asian Tour said its players had unanimously agreed not to take part in next month's tournament in Beijing which is being co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the new OneAsia Super Series.

But the entry policy does not fully reflect that position, according to OneAsia, which has taken over the running of the event from the Asian Tour.

Top Asian players like Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Shiv Kapur of India, who qualify through the European Tour, will be allowed to tee-off as will Chinese stars Liang Wenchong and Zhang Lianwei, AFP has learned.

But other Asian Tour players who accept spots in the field will be slapped with a fine of USD 5,000 and have their memberships suspended for the remainder of 2009 if they line-up without an official release.