06 April 2020
Asian Tour Releases Temporary Regulations
While many events have been postponed or canceled, the Malaysian Open proceeded as scheduled amid the recent outbreak of coronavirus. The US$ 1 million event was held at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club from March 5-8. Addressing concerns over the COVID-19 situation, the organizer, as guided by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, provided initial medical care in the event of illness and measures to help prevent disease transmission.
Ahead of the tournament, Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor, MGA President,said: “With this assurance given, we hope that all players and audiences don’t worry and are ready for the upcoming Malaysian Open 2020,”
The implementation of the Malaysian Open was in line with instructions released by the Asian Tour. The Tour released ‘Temporary Tournament Eligibility Regulations ’to ensure the safety of all other competitors and staff members, and also spectators, during tournaments.
“We are adopting similar operational procedures at all our upcoming events to improve the safety towards all stakeholders and participants,” Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and CEO of the Asian Tour, remarked.
According to their regulation, the Asian Tour will not permit any player who has visited mainland China within 14 days before any Asian Tour or Asian Development Tour tournament to participate. The Tour will continue to monitor the situation for the next three months and adjust its regulations as necessary.
The April to May window of events is a very important time-period on the Asian Tour so they are trying their best to avoid postponements or cancellations, provided it is safe to do so. Hopefully, the situation will not escalate abruptly during this period.