LPGA rescinds English proficiency policy

The LPGA said it will not enact punishments for players who do not speak English proficiently after facing a storm of criticism from...

The LPGA said it will not enact punishments for players who do not speak English proficiently after facing a storm of criticism from media outlets, sponsors, and civil rights groups in the last two weeks.

The announcement was made just before a news conference in which activists and legislators planned to sign a letter to demand the league reverse its policy.

On September 3, the LPGA told Advertising Age that it would stand by its policy even as civil rights organizations began speaking out against the policy.

A revised approach to the issue of English proficiency will be announced by the end of 2008, according to the league's statement.

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