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Golf – The Evian – The Evian Championship canceled

Already postponed in August, The Evian Championship, the only major golf course contested in France, is finally canceled. The Evian Championship will have lasted a long time on the calendar. But the global health crisis finally got the better of the only female Major disputed in France. The decision to cancel it has just been made official. In a press release, the organizers of the tournament specify the reasons. And it is the persistent uncertainty concerning the opening of borders, in particular with Asia and the United States, which poses a major risk for the organization of such a competition. Justin Rose supports the players of the LET Not easy to welcome serenely and in less than eight weeks 120 players from around the world from more than 30 countries. “In France, restrictions on the presence of the public in outdoor demonstrations seem to be gradually easing,” the statement said. But the LPGA and the Organizing Committee of the Evian Championship can only note that the conditions are not met to envisage a serene and risk-free event, up to the expectations of the public, the players, the organizers and their partners. The sports calendar does not allow to shift the date (already postponed a few weeks ago from July to August), the Tournament will be played in July 2021. “Franck Riboud, the president of The Evian Championship, did not hide not the immense sadness that such a decision inspired him: “We waited as late as we could for organizational issues to make this decision with Mike Whan (boss of the LPGA, editor’s note) and the LPGA. But it was unfortunately unavoidable in the context of American travel to continental Europe. Our absolute priority is obviously to protect the health and safety of all. We are all very touched, in the teams, by the forced cancellation of our Major but we must not lose sight of the essential. […] Here I would like to thank the organizing team who worked to the end to try to maintain our meeting and our Greenkeeper and his teams who, despite the circumstances, prepared an exceptional course for the tournament and the season. The Scottish Women’s Open (August 13-16) and then the AIG Women’s British Open (August 20-23) therefore become the first tournaments on the calendar, always very vague, for both the LET and the LPGA. The two female towers will soon communicate on their respective occasions.