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This 12 months’s Australian Open Golf Championship was postponed on Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic however officers mentioned they had been hoping to restage the occasion early in 2021.
Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Membership had been attributable to host the 105th version of the historic championship, the world’s fifth oldest skilled golf match, in November.
However with the nation battling a surge in Covid-19 instances and the sport’s stars dealing with main tournaments moved to later in 2020, Golf Australia operations supervisor Simon Brookhouse mentioned they’d as an alternative take a look at a “January to March 2021 window”.
The US Masters, initially scheduled for April, will now be performed in Augusta from 12-15 November.
Coupled with Covid-19 journey restrictions and quarantine measures, which means it will be nearly not possible to assemble a world-class subject in Melbourne.
“Sadly, it’s not a easy matter of whether or not or not we might co-ordinate any worldwide stars to go to,” Brookhouse mentioned.
“The uncertainty of the quarantine necessities for any gamers coming from outdoors Australia wanted to be thought-about,” he mentioned, noting that the restrictions would additionally impression Australian gamers at the moment abroad.
“These are very difficult instances for all Australians and the uncertainty the worldwide pandemic has triggered makes it very troublesome to be definitive in relation to future dates at the moment,” Brookhouse mentioned.
Australia closed its borders to most worldwide travellers in March to curb the unfold of Covid-19, though exceptions have been made for some skilled athletes who comply with quarantine for 14 days.
Whereas many of the nation has efficiently contained the epidemic, Melbourne is struggling to regulate a second wave of the virus, closing practically all journey into town and surrounding Victoria state.
Final 12 months’s Australian Open in Sydney was tormented by smoke from unprecedented bushfires. It was received by Australia’s Matt Jones.
The postponement means 2020 would be the first 12 months since World Struggle II through which the Australian Open won’t be held.