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article imageWimbledon says no to Vuvuzela's

By Kim I. Hartman     Jun 17, 2010 in Sports
Wimbledon - Wimbledon is gearing up for the opening men's and women's singles matches to begin Monday, June 21. Officials from the All England Club have taken steps to ensure the half million spectators expected to attend are told Vuvuzela's are banned.
With the chorus of complaints being drowned out by the sound of the Vuvuzela's at the World Cup in South Africa, Wilmbledon organizers are determined to silence the trumpeting of horns at this year's tennis championship in England.
The plastic horns which have provided a constant, irritating drone at the World Cup, have been banned from the Grand Slam tournament that starts Monday at the All England Club.
The popularity of vuvuzelas has climbed to the point that the word is now one of the top searches on the Internet. People can also download ring tones and apps that showcase vuvuzela noises.
With more than one million vuvuzelas sold at this year's World Cup, the All New England club felt it necessary to be proactive and announce the horns would not be allowed inside the facilities for any reason.
"Out of courtesy to the players and their fellow spectators, we make a point of asking spectators not to bring items which could either cause a distraction or interfere with the enjoyment of the occasion," All England Club chief executive Ian Ritchie said in a statement Thursday. "Rattles, klaxons and vuvuzelas all fall into that category and they will not be allowed into the grounds. Our message is do not bring them in the first place."
According to the Telegraph, "The plastic trumpets, which can produce noise levels in excess of 140 decibels, have become the defining symbol of the 2010 World Cup."
Many supporters, broadcasters and players have complained the high-pitched noise – which has been compared to the drone of millions of bees – is ruining their enjoyment of the tournament as well as their hearing.
Football’s world governing body FIFA has come under increasing pressure to ban the horns from grounds during the tournament but has so far resisted, insisting it's an integral part of the South African game.
Officials from the All England Club said the World Cup games will not be broadcast on the big screens or scoreboards on the Wimbledon grounds, but this has nothing to do with the noise on the television broadcasts of the matches. Instead, it's as a result of Wimbledon's policy with all World Cup matches and European Championships since 1998.
"We fully appreciate that a number of our visitors will be interested in the football World Cup," Ritchie said. "Equally, however, the tennis is our first priority."
Despite the measures, the World Cup will be sure to have an impact on Wimbledon, as many of the players are fans and supporters of their national teams and will be asking about the scores constantly during the two-week grass-court championship.
The 2010 Wimbledon Championships will take place from June 21 to July 4, with the men's and women's singles matches scheduled to begin on Monday.
A spokesman for the tournament said of the vuvuzelas: "From a noise point of view they could be very distracting to the players and spectators. We think the fans will understand that the number one rule here at Wimbledon during matches is - Quiet Please!"
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