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Evian Championship: the underside of a cancellation

1 Why this decision now?

Hope has evaporated. The Evian Championship (July 23-26), postponed for the first time (August 6-9) to give itself a chance to exist in 2020, obviously had to resolve within eight weeks of the event.

A decision taken in consultation with the LPGA, the female professional circuit. “We have just reached the deadline for operational decisions,” said Franck Riboud, president of the Haut-Savoyard tournament. A sentence that did not need to wait for future announcements related to phase 3 of the deconfinement (June 22) in view of the international dimension of an event built for 120 players from 25 different nationalities. A plateau with a strong Asian and American concentration, where the best golfers on the planet come from. “Between the uncertainties around the opening of borders, health regulations and quarantine, there were not enough reliable answers,” said Riboud.

2 Why did a postponement precede the cancellation?

The Evian Championship, before seeing the ax fall, had accepted in March the LPGA’s request to upset its calendar and thus give itself a chance.

Why ? The desire to group and rationalize all of the circuit’s trips in Europe.

Evian canceled, remains to be seen if the Scottish Women’s Open (August 13-16) and the British Open (August 20-23), another Major, will suffer the same fate.

3 Why not have opted for a French-French tournament?

Faced with uncertainty regarding the opening of borders, the track of a national tournament, like the proposals made in tennis, was not envisaged by Franck Riboud.

“When you organize one of the most important tournaments in the world, you have to maintain this quality. “

On the other hand, the president of the tournament does not rule out the idea of ​​organizing events intended for the next generation such as the Haribo Cup or the Grand Prix Jeunes. “We will try to save this thanks to our exchanges with the Federation and the strong support of our partners. “

The latter, some of whom have been weakened by the crisis, have all agreed to extend their engagement for a year without asking for compensation due to the cancellation.

This solidarity enables the tournament to keep its commitments to associations like ELA.

4 What will be the consequences?

The next world. Franck Riboud wants to draw the consequences of the current era and make the tournament of 4.1 million dollars (3.66 M €) of prize money an ever more eco-responsible meeting. “If we look to the future, the model can no longer last. For four days of competition, it takes a month of assembly and a month of disassembly to throw away 80% of the materials used. It is not sustainable. This year, we already planned to return to something much more natural with less waste and less expense. We will continue on this path. “