Cornavirus has forced Kenya Open Golf Championship to be postponed after it was scheduled for next Thursday at Karen Country Club
Today, Kenya Open Golf Limited (KOGL) chairman, Peter Kanyago announced followed the directive from the Kenyan government to postpone all conferences and meetings of an international nature in the country for the next 30 days, due to the on-going global threat from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).
Kanyago said in a statement: “The Kenya Open Golf Limited respects the decision of the Government of Kenya and supports all efforts that safeguard our country against the possible entry of the Coronavirus.”
He said he had conveyed the decision to the European Tour, which had assured him of their full support.
“We will be announcing the new dates for the championship in due course. We will meanwhile be sending out further communications to all our stakeholders,” Kanyago said.
This is the first time the Open, which started in 1967, has been postponed because of such or similar circumstance. In 2003, the event was cancelled due to lack of sponsorship.
A field of 144 players including eight local professionals and six amateurs were due to fight for the Sh20 million winners prize