The Coronavirus is a serious threat around the world with over 40,000 cases of infection and 910 deaths so far. Thus, the sports industry in Asia are not taking any chances in order to protect their athletes. According to the latest Sports News, the LPGA is Cancelling 2 Tournaments as a Precaution against the Coronavirus.
Therefore, there will not be any more LPGA tournaments in Asia for the early part of the season. Thus, the Honda LPGA Thailand and the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore will no longer on the schedule.
Cancellation for All LPGA Asian Tournaments in February and March
The decision to cancel these two LPGA Asian tournaments was not taken lightly. Furthermore, the decision to cancel these two tournaments took place on Monday. For South Korean golfers, Amy Yang and Park Sung-hyun it means they will not be able to defend their titles.
According to a statement by the LPGA, they made de decision because of “health concerns and recent advisories”. Furthermore, Golf Betting Forums said health organizations are advising the cancellation or postponement of large-scale events because of the coronavirus. In order, to ensure the health and safety of their fans, players and worker it was the best decision.
In addition, the LPGA said it was a “difficult decision” and that they “greatly appreciate the understanding” of their sponsors. According to sports wagering websites, the LPGA will return to Asia as soon as the coronavirus is under control.
The LPGA tour is still taking place Australia this week for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. In fact, Korean golfer, Park Hee-young won her first LPGA title in 7 years at the all-Korean playoff in Australia. Thus, Korean golf fans are still able to see their favorite golfers in action. Furthermore, the LPGA schedule will continue March 19 with the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix, AZ.