Hong Kong Open postponed attributable to protest violence: organizers

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Law enforcement officials are seen outdoors the Hong Kong Polytechnic College (PolyU) in Hong Kong, China, November 20, 2019. Information/Thomas Peter

HONG KONG (Information) – The Hong Kong Open golf event has been postponed after violence from anti-government protests escalated this week, the Asian Tour and European Tour stated on Wednesday.

The 60th anniversary version of the event had been scheduled to be performed from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.

“An try can be made to reschedule the event to early 2020,” the European Tour and its co-sanctioning accomplice on the Asian Tour stated in a joint assertion.

“The choice has been taken as a result of ongoing stage of social unrest in Hong Kong,” European Tour chief govt Keith Pelley stated.

“As the security of our gamers, employees, stakeholders and everybody concerned in every one in every of our tournaments around the globe is our high precedence, we really feel that is the proper, however unlucky, plan of action.”

A number of different sporting occasions, together with final month’s Hong Kong Tennis Open and the Hong Kong Open squash championships, have been canceled as a result of civil unrest.

An prolonged, violent siege at Polytechnic College, the place police have encircled college students and activists, have raised tensions within the metropolis to a brand new excessive over the previous week.

Pelley had stated earlier this month that the event wouldn’t be affected because the Hong Kong Golf Membership in Fanling was removed from the town heart the place a lot of the clashes between protesters and the police occurred.

The Asian Tour’s CEO Cho Minn Thant stated they had been “optimistic” of organizing the occasion when the state of affairs in Hong Kong stabilizes.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Modifying by Andrew Heavens & Simon Cameron-Moore