Hero Women’s Indian Open 2020 stands cancelled due to Covid-19

Gurugram, June 30: Covid-19 has claimed another major sporting event, as the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI) today announced the cancellation of the Hero Women’s Indian Open, scheduled for October 1-4, 2020. The event, which is the most high-profile women’s sporting event in India, was to be held at the DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurugram. The annual $ 500,000 event, which has been held uninterrupted since 2007, will now be held in October 2021.

According to the statement released by the two Tours, this has been done keeping in mind the health and safety of everyone involved with the event.

Mrs. Kavita Singh, President, Women’s Golf Association of India, said, “It was a very difficult decision, but the right one under the present circumstances of the ongoing pandemic. With no likelihood of any respite in the foreseeable future, safeguarding the health and well being of all players, officials and spectators is of paramount importance.

“I would like to thank Dr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman & CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd. for his continued patronage, and the Ladies European Tour for their guidance and support. Together, with our sponsors, including DLF, Castrol and others, we hope to return next year with another stellar edition of the Hero Women’s Indian Open in October, 2021.”

Ms Alexandra Armas, Chief Executive, LET, said, “It is incredibly disappointing to miss a year of the Hero Women’s Indian Open, one of the biggest professional women’s golf events of the Tour. But we look forward to being back next year. This was a tough decision for everyone involved, but we feel it is the most responsible course of action following consultation with all stakeholders.

“I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank WGAI President Mrs Kavita Singh and Dr Pawan Munjal, the driving forces behind the growth of this event and the development of women’s professional golf in India, for their continued commitment. We look forward to continuing to increase the stature of this event in 2021.”

The Hero Women’s Indian Open has been held each year since 2007. It was co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET) in 2010 and became a part of the calendar on the LET. The tournament has been held at the DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurugram each year except in 2013 and 2014, when the course was undergoing a re-design. The defending champion is Christine Wolf of Austria.

The only Indian to have won the event is Aditi Ashok in 2016 and the defending champion was Christine Wolf.

 

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