The Hong Kong Squash Open has turn into the most recent worldwide sports activities occasion to be known as off due to the unprecedented political unrest gripping town.
The worldwide hub has been shaken by 4 months of huge pro-democracy protests which have seen more and more violent clashes between hardcore demonstrators and the police, in addition to common disruptions to move.
A string of high-profile leisure and sports activities occasions have been cancelled in consequence, and Hong Kong’s premier squash occasion, scheduled for December, grew to become the most recent casualty on Tuesday.
“Hong Kong Squash has decided, after careful consideration and extensive discussions with our key stakeholders, to postpone the 2019 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open… to next year,” organisers mentioned in an announcement.
The annual Hong Kong Squash Open is likely one of the Skilled Squash Affiliation’s world tour platinum occasions. It was final cancelled in 2003 through the SARS outbreak.
The wave of protests in Hong Kong was sparked by opposition to a now-scrapped proposal to permit extraditions to mainland China, however have since morphed into a bigger motion for democracy and police accountability.
The town enjoys distinctive rights underneath the phrases of its handover to China by Britain in 1997, together with freedom of expression and an unbiased judiciary, however many consider these are underneath menace from an more and more assertive Beijing.
Road battles between riot police and small teams of protesters — whose vandalism has focused firms they think about to be pro-Beijing — have turn into a weekly prevalence, hammering the already struggling financial system, spooking vacationers and undermining Hong Kong’s repute for stability.
The disaster has already compelled the cancellation of the WTA Hong Kong Open tennis event and the postponement of a soccer pleasant at dwelling in opposition to Malaysia.
A number of high-profile leisure occasions — from pop concert events and stand-up comedy reveals to award-winning musicals — have been scrapped as properly.
Organisers of the combined martial arts occasion HK4 additionally introduced on Wednesday a postponement to March subsequent 12 months, citing security issues through the ongoing protests.
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