The LPGA cancelled an upcoming event in China over fears of the coronavirus, which has spread throughout the country and worldwide this month, the LPGA announced on Thursday afternoon.
“Given the current health concerns and significant travel restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus in China, the LPGA along with our partners in China have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Blue Bay LPGA”, the women’s tour said in a statement posted on its website.
A statement issued by the LPGA read: “Given the current health concerns and significant travel restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus in China, the LPGA along with our partners in China have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Blue Bay LPGA, which was scheduled to take place March 5-8 on Hainan Island”.
At least 269 people in China have died from the virus, mostly in Hubei, with nearly 10,000 cases nationally.
Organisers of the event, due to be staged on Hainan Island, said the health and safety of players, fans and staff was their “highest priority”.
Several large showing off occasions arranged to be presented in China this year are under hazard, with the World Athletics Championships now delayed up until following year due to issues over the infection which has actually now declared over 170 lives.
The LPGA plans to return to Blue Bay in 2021.
“The Volvo China Open from April 23 to 26 in Shenzhen is still on our calendar, but we continue to monitor the situation closely”.
The European Tour have actually revealed they are “monitoring the situation” prior to they take into consideration calling off the Volvo China Open in Shenzhen in April, however the Blue Bay LPGA is now off the girls’ timetable.
The golf tournament is the latest sporting event to be impacted by the virus.
Football’s world governing body FIFA says it is monitoring the situation in China, with the nation due to play two 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March, at home to the Maldives on 25 March and away to Guam on 31’March.