Women’s Sport: Coronavirus fears lead to the cancellation of Women’s World Championship

HSBC Women's World Championship - Day Four

Ongoing worries concerning the spreading Coronavirus has led to the cancellation of two women’s golf events.

The Women’s World Championship, due to be in Singapore and the LPGA Thailand event has both been abandoned due to advice which warned of the impacts of large-scale events in Asian countries. 

The LPGA said that the health and safety of those participating was their highest priority.

"Due to the continued health concerns and recent advisories in some Asian countries that large-scale events should be cancelled or postponed as a result of the coronavirus, the LPGA and its partners have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Honda LPGA Thailand and the 2020 HSBC Women's World Championship," a statement said.

“While we are disappointed that these tournaments will not take place this season, we look forward to returning to Asia soon." 

These cancellations come after the Blue Bay event in China was also abandoned, meaning all three early-season events in Asia have fallen victim to the fears concerning the virus.

Singapore has already banned the entry of travellers who had been to China recently and have now stepped up its disease alert level to the second-highest level possible.

There have been more than 40,000 cases of the virus globally, with 908 deaths recorded in China so far.

China’s domestic football season, Snooker’s China Open and the World Indoor Athletics Championship have all been cancelled as well.

The LGPA said that they are disappointed that these events will not take place, but look forward to returning to Asia soon.

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