Anna Nordqvist (36, Sweden), who has won 9 times on the LPGA Tour, has ended her sponsorship contract with Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil company Aramco.
Nordqvist said in an interview with Swedish TT news agency on the 13th (Korean time) that she was harshly criticized for her contract with Aramco and said, “I wasn’t ready to receive that much hate from people who didn’t even know me.”
Aramco is an oil company owned by the Saudi Arabian government that has recently been pouring trillions of capital into sports. Last year, it established LIV Golf, a men’s golf league, and took out some PGA Tour players. Aramco is also one of the largest sponsors of the LET Tour. Critics accuse the Saudi regime of ‘sportwashing’ to hide human rights concerns, and human rights group Amnesty International called Nordqvist “very wise” in suspending her sponsorship deal with Aramco. .
“I accepted her role because I thought it would be a great opportunity for women’s golf, especially for the European Women’s Golf Tour,” said Nordq Beast, who served as Aramco’s ambassador last year. “But it didn’t turn out the way I thought it would, and it didn’t feel good,” she added. 슬롯사이트
Nordqvist has suspended her contract with Aramco, but will compete in the LET Aramco Saudi Ladies International on the 16th, when Aramco will be her title sponsor. “Because playing in the Solheim Cup is a big goal, she has to participate in four European tours before August,” he explained the reason.
“I think it’s important to play all over the world and influence the younger generation to dream big,” he said.