G4D Tour with three Italian Paralympic athletes

Riccardo Bianciardi, Angelo Colussi and Luisa Ceola are the three Italian Paralympic athletes participating in the G4D Tour @ Ras Al Khaimah Championship

by Andrea Gussoni
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G4D Tour with three Italian Paralympic athletes
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Riccardo Bianciardi, Angelo Colussi and Luisa Ceola are the three Italian Paralympic athletes participating in the G4D Tour @ Ras Al Khaimah Championship, scheduled for 22 and 23 January, on the Al Hamra Golf Club course in Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates .

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This competition represents the second stage of the 2024 G4D Tour, which is now in its third season. The first stage was held in December in Australia. The G4D Tour is a circuit dedicated to players with disabilities and is promoted by the DP World Tour with the aim of promoting inclusiveness in golf, a sport open to all.

This year, the tour features eight events, an increase from seven in 2021 and nine in 2022, and introduces new NET tournament categories to provide more opportunities for golfers with various disabilities. The tournament in Ras Al Khaimah will feature ten players, eight men and two women, selected from the NET division of the World Ranking for Golfers with a Disability (WR4GD).

All of them make their debut on the G4D Tour. In addition to the Italian athletes, there will also be other international participants, including the Canadian Kevin Delaney, the South Africans Robin Singh and Iglin Grobbelaar, the Austrian Philipp Ritzinger, the Irish Kevin Cassidy and Kenji Motoki, the first Japanese to compete on the tour.

Among the female participants is the Englishwoman Michelle Lau. It should be noted that in 2023, Luisa Ceola distinguished herself by winning the women's category in the 23rd Italian Open for Disabled People - Sanofi in April, obtaining the title of "Best Woman" of the tournament.

Furthermore, in October, Riccardo Bianciardi triumphed in the Net category of the RSM Strokeplay Net & Stableford Play Off. The rules of golf are relatively complicated compared to other sports because they are applied outdoors, close to nature and animals.

Respect for the rules is a basic element in the game of golf, which, almost always based on the self-control and free conscience of the players, often sees distorted results, consciously at times, but often unconsciously or through carelessness, due to non-compliance on the part of many players of the game rules.

In addition to rules, golf adheres to a code of conduct, known as etiquette, which generally means playing the round with due respect for the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an essential component of this sport.

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