British Open golf chiefs planning ‘full-scale’ championship regardless of coronavirus pandemic
In an replace to followers, R&A chief government Martin Slumbers stated the physique, which organises the event, was continuing with ‘cautious optimism’ and had contingency plans in place.
British Open organisers stated they had been planning for a “full-scale” championship in July following final yr’s cancellation as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
The 149th Open was scheduled to happen at Royal St George’s Golf Membership in Kent, southeast England, final yr.
Golf’s oldest main might be hosted on the identical Sandwich venue in 2021.
In an replace to followers, R&A chief government Martin Slumbers stated the physique, which organises the event, was continuing with “cautious optimism” and had contingency plans in place.
“We’re targeted on staging The 149th Open at Royal St George’s from 11-18 July 2021 and on delivering a improbable championship for the nation and the world of golf,” Slumbers wrote.
“I wish to guarantee you, our followers in addition to our gamers, officers, patrons, companions, contractors and suppliers that we’ll do all we will to make this summer time’s championship an enormous success.
“We’re acutely conscious that this stays a troublesome time for thus many individuals and the persevering with impression of the COVID-19 pandemic is inflicting substantial disruption to all our lives however there’s rising trigger for optimism with the fast roll-out of the vaccination programme.”
Britain, which was the primary Western nation to roll out Covid jabs within the common inhabitants, is banking on its biggest-ever vaccination programme as a approach out of a disaster that has killed greater than 113,000 individuals.
Slumbers stated the organisers of the Open had been working carefully with the federal government and medical advisers.
“We proceed to plan for a full-scale championship but in addition have strong plans in place for a decreased capability or behind-closed-doors mannequin,” he stated.
St Andrews, in Scotland, is scheduled to host the one hundred and fiftieth British Open a yr later than scheduled, in 2022.
Royal St George’s has hosted the British Open 14 instances, most just lately in 2011, when Northern Eire’s Darren Clarke gained the occasion.
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