Kenya Open called off over Coronavirus fears

Kenya Open called off over Coronavirus fears

Kenya's Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Friday announced that all events that involving 15 or more nations would be cancelled at least for the next 30 days due to the fast spreading Corona Virus

The organizers of the 2020 Magical Kenya Open have called off the event after a government directive to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Friday announced that all events that involved 15 or more nations would be cancelled at least for the next 30 days.

“The Kenya Open Golf Limited has received the Government of Kenya’s decision to postpone all conferences and meetings of an international nature in Kenya for the next 30 days, including the 2020 Magical Kenya Open, due to the ongoing global threat from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” Kenya Open said in a statement on Thursday, signed by chairman Peter Kanyago.

“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 Disease 2019 (COVID-19). I have conveyed the Government of Kenya decision to the European Tour and they have assured us of their full support and we will be announcing new dates for the championship in due course,” he added.

This comes just a day after the Ministry of Sports said it would not facilitate the travel of Kenya’s team for the Beach Volleyball Olympic qualifiers in Nigeria due to the virus. The tournament was to start on Thursday.

DR Congo and Cape Verde also withdrew.

With the government’s directive, the 2021 AFCON qualifier between Kenya and Comoros scheduled for March 25 now hangs in the balance as it falls inside the 30-day window.

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