By Nitanti Alur
Photo by Golffiles
Every sport is facing postponements, shortened games and cancellations. The Hero Indian open 2020 has been the next victim of the coronavirus. Sports leagues all over the world are cancelling their matches to help reduce the spread of the virus and keep the players and officials safe. Golf is having the same effect with the BMW International Open, Open de France and others already being cancelled.
While some sports are opening back up, others cannot. Sometimes this is because of the nature of the sport and others it is because of recent spikes in infections in the region. India, in particular, has had a huge spike in coronavirus cases.
The Indian Golf Union, announced today that the open has been cancelled due to the concerns over the spread of the virus. The open which was to take place in March this year was postponed indefinitely and finally cancelled.
The open that was established in 1964 and has been sanctioned by the European Tour in 2015. Started by the Indian Golf Union, the tour is currently one of the oldest international sports in India. The open, considered one of the main events in India, received a new title sponsor in 2005 with Hero Motor Cup.
Today, the Indian union consulted the European Tour and Asian Tour upon their decision to cancel “ It was a very difficult decision, but the right one under the present circumstances of the ongoing pandemic. With no likelihood of any respite in the foreseeable future, safeguarding the health and well being of all players, officials and spectators is of paramount importance.” Acting president of the Indian golf union Lt Gen D Anbu (Retd) said.
The decision was not an easy one, but one that had to be made. Anbu in his statement added, “I would like to thank Dr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, MD and CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd. for his continued patronage, and the European Tour and Asian Tour for their support.”
This year has seen many fantastic tournaments cancelled, it will not be surprising to see a few more cancellations before the end of the year.