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European Tour postpones two events as Coronavirus worsens

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The Maybank Championship, due to take place at Saujana Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from April 16-19, 2020, and the Volvo China Open, scheduled for April 23-26, 2020 at Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen, have both been postponed due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The European Tour and Asian Tour accepted a request from title sponsor and promoter Maybank to postpone the Maybank Championship, while the decision to postpone the Volvo China Open on the European Tour was taken following consultation with tournament stakeholders; the China Golf Association, Genzon Golf Club, Shenzhen Government, title sponsor Volvo and promoters Mitime Golf.

Discussions are ongoing with all parties looking into the possibility of rescheduling both tournaments later this season.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “The well-being of our players, spectators and staff is always our absolute priority. While it is therefore regrettable that the Maybank Championship and Volvo China Open have been postponed, we feel this is the correct course of action at this time. We are currently investigating alternative dates for both events.”

Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, Group President & CEO 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.

“The postponement of the Maybank Championship was not an easy decision to make, however, the safety of all stakeholders takes precedence, and we want to ensure that any risk of possible exposure to Covid-19 is mitigated. We will monitor the situation and work closely with the European & Asian Tours, as well as our other partners, as we plan for our return in the future.”

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Latest figures released on Friday reported 5,090 new coronavirus cases and 121 new deaths in China in the previous 24 hours.

Authorities have also reported that 63,851 people had been infected by the coronavirus and at least 1,380 people had been killed by the disease. Most of the cases happened in Hubei -the centre of the outbreak – which recorded 4,823 new cases and 116 deaths over the same period.

 

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