Ryder Cup: Vassiliou sends 'good luck' message to Team Europe
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for sport, has sent a 'good luck' message to 'Team Europe' ahead of the 2012 Ryder Cup tournament in which the 12 best European golfers take on their counterparts from the United States. The tournament, held every two years, is taking place at the Medinah Country Club, Chicago, from September 28-30.
Commissioner Vassiliou said: "This is the only major sporting fixture in which Europe plays as a single squad rather than as separate nations, so it's a chance for all European sports fans to get behind the same team. And, as everyone knows, when Europe plays as a single team, we are a match for anyone! I wish the best of luck to Europe Captain José María Olazábal and his players. "Since 1979, Team Europe has won the Ryder Cup eight times outright and retained the trophy once by tying, with Team USA winning seven times. Team Europe won the last Ryder Cup, held in 2010 at Celtic Manor in Wales. The European Commission has proposed a sport chapter as part of Erasmus for All, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. The proposed budget for sport is €34 million a year on average in 2014-2020. Support will focus on transnational projects aimed at boosting the exchange good practices, non-commercial European sport events of major importance and work to strengthen the evidence base for policy-making. The main beneficiaries will be public bodies and civil society organisations active in grass-roots sport.