09 October 2017
Permit Approval Denied, LPGA Event Canceled
The Alisport LPGA Tournament, which was scheduled to be played in Shanghai from October 5-8, has been canceled. LPGA officials announced the cancellation stating that the tournament was unable to obtain permit approval from the local district government to hold the event.
“Unfortunately, we have just received word that the tournament was unsuccessful in obtaining approval from the local district government,” said LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a statement, as quoted by the Golf Channel.
Mike Whan expressed his dismay to Golf Digest, “The hardest part about this news is that we have a title sponsor, a tournament operator, a TV production group and a host venue all set to go. However, in China, sporting events of this nature cannot take place without approvals at multiple levels, and the local approval was denied.”
Any further details about why the event was denied the permit approval by the local government haven’t been shared. However, the Alisport LPGA Tournament is not the only event which has had to be canceled in China. In 2013 the Reignwood Pine Valley Classic in Beijing was canceled 10 weeks ahead of the event, and plans for an event in Guangzhou were also revoked in 2011.