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Pandemic restrictions force postponement of Hong Kong Open

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HONG KONG, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Golf's Hong Kong Open has been postponed until next year due to the city's stringent travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said in a statement.

A new date for the Fanling-based tournament, which was due to have been played at the end of November, would be determined after "reviewing suitable options for staging the event in early 2022", the organisers said.

Last year's tournament was cancelled due to the pandemic, while Australia's Wade Ormsby won the tournament when it was last played in January 2020.

That event had been due to be held in November 2019 but was postponed due to a long-running series of anti-government protests in the city.

Hong Kong has some of the world's toughest pandemic restrictions in place, with arrivals in the city having to undergo up to 21 days of hotel quarantine.

Reporting by Michael Church, Editing by Alex Richardson

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