The Indian Golf Union, the national body for golf in India, has announced the cancellation of the Hero Indian Open 2020 due to the threat posed by the ongoing pandemic.
The tournament has already been postponed from March to later in the year, but the decision to now cancel the event was made following consultation with the co-sanctioning partners, the European Tour and Asian Tour.
Lt Gen D Anbu, Acting President of Indian Golf Union, 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 of Hero MotoCorp Ltd, for his continued patronage, and the European Tour and Asian Tour for their support.”
The Indian Open was established by the Indian Golf Union in 1964, and is one of the oldest running international sports events in India. Considered one of the flagship events in Asia, the event got a new title sponsor in 2005 when Hero MotoCorp stepped in and they have supported it since then. The tournament has been sanctioned by the European Tour since 2015.