LPGA backs down on English requirement

UNDATED (AP) -- The LPGA Tour has backed off plans that would have suspended players who could not efficiently speak English.

The policy was widely criticized as discriminating against players, with most of the attention on Asians.

LPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens said Friday the tour would announce a revised plan by the end of the year. That plan would not include any penalties.

Bivens said there are other ways to achieve the tour's objective of "supporting and enhancing the business opportunities for every tour player."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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