Coronavirus: Maybank Championship and Volvo China Open postponed
The European Tour are forced to postpone two championships in April on account of this epidemic.
The Maybank Championship at Kuala Lumpur and the Volvo China Open have both been pulled in the schedule, with all the Tour”exploring alternative dates to the two events”.
Title patrons Maybank asked to postpone their tournament and the Volvo China Open was cancelled after discussions between the China Golf Association, the patrons and the European Tour.
“The well-being of the players, spectators and staff is obviously our absolute priority,” stated European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley at a statement.
“While it is therefore unfortunate that the Maybank Championship and Volvo China Open have been postponed, and we believe that this is the correct strategy at this moment. We’re currently exploring alternate dates for the two events.”
Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, Group President & CEO of Maybank, included:”The decision to postpone the Maybank Championship was made after intense deliberation and careful attention in the interest of all the players, visitors, working teams and partners.
“The postponement of the Maybank Championship wasn’t a simple decision to make, but the safety of stakeholders takes precedence, and we would like to make certain any risk of possible vulnerability to Covid-19 is mitigated.
“We will monitor the situation and work closely together with the European & Asian Tours, as well as our other partners, even as we plan for our return in the future.”
The LPGA Tour have cancelled a variety of tournaments in the Asia area since fears over the coronavirus continue to effect lots of sport.
While organisers of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo later this season stay determined that their showpiece will go ahead as scheduled, the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix has been recently cancelled.