Athletes and K-pop stars give Hong Kong a miss

Top News | Sophie Hui and AP 25 Sep 2019

PGA Tour Series-China is canceling its tournament in Hong Kong next month due to safety concerns over the unrest.

The season was supposed to conclude with the Hong Kong event, which was scheduled to be held from October 17 to 20 at the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.

Instead, the 13th and final tournament will be held from October 10 to 13 at the Macau Championship.

Hong Kong is in its fourth month of protests, with many descending into violence.

Greg Carlson, executive director of PGA Tour Series-China, said safety was at the forefront of the decision. "We have analyzed this situation from every angle and we determined that canceling the 2019 Clearwater Bay Open is the best decision," he said.

Carlson said an alternate site for the tournament was looked into, but none were deemed suitable.

The PGA Tour Series-China held two official events at Clearwater Bay in 2016 and 2018, as well as an unofficial one in 2017. Carlson said the tour expects to return to Hong Kong.

Another sporting event, the Hong Kong Tennis Open, has also been postponed because of the unrest.

The tournament was due to take place from October 5 to 13 at Victoria Park, but earlier this month it was postponed "in light of the present situation," according to organizers

"As the winner of the WTA International Event of the Year Award in 2018, we strive to maintain a high standard for all participants, players and fans in particular," a Hong Kong Tennis Open statement said. "However, after extensive discussions with our key stakeholders, we conclude that a smooth running of the tournament can be better assured at a later time."

The South Korean music awards show - Mnet Asian Music Awards or MAMA- will be moved to Japan after six consecutive years of the event being held in Hong Kong. Despite growing trade tensions between South Korea and Japan, the organizer said the awards ceremony will be held at the Nagoya Dome on December 4.

In August, it was reported that the organizer believed it would be difficult for the event to take place in Hong Kong this year due to safety concerns. MAMA is one of the K-pop industry's major annual awards and has been staged since 1999.

It has been held outside of South Korea since 2010.

The show was held in three locations in Asia last year - Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, Saitama Super Arena, and AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong.

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