Protest-delayed Hong Kong golf gets January slot

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Aden - Yasmin Abdel Azim - Protesters clash with riot police officers near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in November. Image Credit: New York Times

Hong Kong: Golf’s Hong Kong Open has been rescheduled for January after its postponement over violent anti-government protests, organisers said on Friday — although it will not be sanctioned by the European Tour.

The tournament, one of Asia’s oldest and biggest golf competitions, was originally slated for November 28-December 1, but was postponed as the city wrestled with months of pro-democracy protests.

The $1 million event will now be held from January 9-12, and will be sanctioned by the Asian Tour but not the European Tour which has the South African Open in the same week.

“We are pleased to announce the 61st Hong Kong Open will now be the curtain-raiser for our 2020 season,” Asian Tour commissioner and CEO Cho Minn Thant said in a statement. “As our season-opening event, there will be an undoubtedly strong Asian Tour field with players eager to get their seasons off to a fast start.”

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