The Hong Kong Open golf tournament has been postponed as the city has faced months of sometimes violent pro-Democracy protests.
The postponement of the event, which was slated to begin last week, was announced in a statement by both the European Tour and the Asian Tour. They said they will try to reschedule the tournament for early next year.
“The unpredictability of the current situation in Hong Kong makes it very challenging to sanction the tournament, especially with the safety of everyone of utmost importance. However, we are optimistic that once the situation in Hong Kong stabilizes, we will be in a better position to sanction the 61st edition of the Hong Kong Open in the very near future,” said Asian Tour CEO Cho Minn Thant in the statement.
“As the safety of our players, staff, stakeholders and everyone involved in each and every one of our tournaments around the world is our top priority, we feel this is the correct, but unfortunate, course of action,” added European Tour CEO Keith Pelley.
The protests began in response to a now-shelved extradition bill, but have grown into a larger pro-democracy movement. Among the protesters’ demands are universal suffrage and an independent investigation into alleged police brutality.