European Tour postpones events because of coronavirus concerns

Ruben Hill
February 16, 2020

The Maybank was set up for April 16-19 at Saujana Golf and also Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, while the China Open was slated for the adhering to week, April 23-26 at Genzon Golf Club inShenzhen The tour is looking reschedule both occasion for later on in the period, however the conversations are both recurring.

Title sponsors Maybank requested to postpone their tournament in Malaysia, and the Volvo China Open was also cancelled following lengthy discussions involving the sponsors, the China Golf Association and the European Tour.

The outbreak has killed more than 1,300 people and infected more than 60,000 in China after emerging late a year ago in Wuhan, the capital of central Hubei province.

"Whereas it's subsequently regrettable that the Maybank Championship and Volvo China Open have been postponed, we really feel that is the right plan of action presently. We're presently investigating different dates for each events".

Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, group president and chief executive of Maybank, said: "The decision to postpone the Maybank Championship was made after intense deliberation and careful consideration in the interest of all the players, visitors, working teams and partners".

Formula One confirmed the Chinese Grand Prix, originally scheduled to take place in Shanghai on 19 April, will no longer go ahead as planned.

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing will now take place next year instead, while domestic football at all levels in China has been halted in order to help control the spread of the virus. The LPGA Tour has recently cancelled three big Asian events over the coming weeks in Thailand and China as well as its HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore.

The Maybank Championship and the Volvo China Open have both been postponed following the outbreak in China in December, of what has now been named Covid-19 - by the World Heath Organisation - after the corona-virus spread to a number of different countries, including the United Kingdom, this month.

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