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WTA postpones Hong Kong Tennis Open amid large-scale protests

WTA postpones Hong Kong Tennis Open amid large-scale protests
The Hong Kong Tennis Open, which was set to get underway on October 5, has been postponed by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) due to ongoing large-scale protests in the region.

“In light of the present situation, the event will no longer take place,” WTA and the Hong Kong Tennis Association said in a statement.

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One of Hong Kong’s most prestigious sporting tournaments could be staged later this year if the “smooth running” of the tournament can be guaranteed by the organizers.

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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 Hong Kong Tennis Association said.

Large-scale protests and demonstrations engulfed the semi-autonomous territory in June after an extradition bill allowing suspects to be sent to mainland China was proposed by lawmakers.