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Australia cancels men’s and women’s Opens due to COVID-19

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MELBOURNE, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Australia has cancelled its men’s and women’s Open tournaments in a hammer blow for the struggling home recreation as COVID-19 and journey restrictions proceed to chunk.

Organisers had deliberate a late-January, early-February window for the men’s Australian Open in Sydney after its authentic November schedule proved untenable.

But Golf Australia boss James Sutherland mentioned enduring journey curbs and the nation’s obligatory 14-day quarantine had left organisers with no alternative however to cancel the flagship occasion for a second 12 months in a row.

“The international element means shifting quarantine and travel restrictions wreak havoc on planning and, with our marquee players living abroad, the challenge is even greater,” Sutherland mentioned in an announcement on Thursday.

“The pressure and risk on host venues and organisers is also high – these are small businesses who have already faced huge disruption due to the pandemic.”

The women’s Australian Open, a cease on the elite LPGA Tour, had been scheduled for February in Adelaide.

Australia’s borders are successfully shut and unlikely to open to non-residents till 2022, whereas the two-week isolation is laying aside the nation’s prime gamers from coming residence from the U.S. and European excursions to help the home recreation.

The nation’s different marquee golf occasion, the Australian PGA Championship, will plough forward in Brisbane from Jan. 13, although many home-based professionals can be unable to attend.

Queensland state, of which Brisbane is the capital, has shut its borders to southeastern states which can be battling COVID-19 outbreaks. learn extra

Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Stephen Coates

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