Another golf event has been postponed due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus that has impacted many sports events across the world in recent weeks.
The Bangabandu Cup Golf will now be staged at a later date due to increasing concerns about the coronavirus in Dhaka, where the competition was scheduled to start at the Kurmitola Golf Club on the 25th of March.
It was set to become the highest paid golf event in Bangladesh with a cash-prize of $400,000.
South Africans Jaco Ahlers and Neil Schietekat recently qualified for the Asian Tour and would’ve been competing at the event at Dhaka.
In a statement released by the tour organizers, Commissioner and CEO Cho Minn Thant viewed the decision as a precaution given the travel restrictions currently in place.
‘Several new cases of COVID-19 have recently been discovered in Dhaka and travel restrictions are being imposed on incoming and outgoing travellers for the immediate future to prevent further spread of the virus.
‘In view of this global outbreak, a request has been made by the Bangladesh Golf Federation (BGF) to postpone the event and we have also decided that it is in the best interest of all the players, staff and officials to postpone the event.
‘The Asian Tour will continue to work closely with the BGF to identify a new date for the event once it is deemed safe to travel.’