Unrest forces postponement of Thailand Open

AMLAN CHAKRABORTY
Last updated 02:18 24/01/2014

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This year's Thailand Open has been postponed after the Thai government declared a 60-day state of emergency in the troubled Southeast Asian country, organisers of the golf tournament said today.

Emergency was declared on Wednesday with the Thai government hoping to prevent an escalation in anti-government protests now in a third month.

Originally scheduled from March 13-16 at Thana City Golf & Sports Club on the outskirts of Bangkok, the US$1 million tournament would be moved to "a more suitable date" later in the year, organisers said in a statement.

"We want to ensure the environment is stable in order to stage our world class tournament and national Open," said Rungsrid Luxsitanonda, president of the Thailand Golf Association.

"There are just six weeks to go before the tournament so it would be unwise to proceed with the current date."

The tri-sanctioned event was scheduled to be the season-opener for both OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).

Japan football club Cerezo Osaka, who signed Uruguay's Diego Forlan this week, also decided to steer clear of the troubled country.

"Cerezo were scheduled to hold the camp from Jan. 26 to Feb. 7 and are currently trying to arrange a new location and new dates," Kyodo news agency reported.

Irrespective of the situation, the Thai Premier League will begin on Feb 22, the chairman of the soccer league said.

"We cannot postpone the start of the new season," TPL chairman Ong-arj Kosinkha told local media, conceding the number of spectators would drop.

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