Organizers postpone Hong Kong WTA event due to protests

Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine won the Hong Kong Tennis Open title last year against Wang Qiang of China, left. (AFP)
Updated 13 September 2019
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Organizers postpone Hong Kong WTA event due to protests

  • It was scheduled to be held from October 5-13 on outdoor hard courts at Victoria Park
  • ‘Hong Kong Tennis Association and the WTA are announcing a postponement of the 2019 Hong Kong Tennis Open’

HONG KONG: Local organizers and the Women’s Tennis Association say the Hong Kong Open has been postponed indefinitely due to widespread protests in recent months.
It was scheduled to be held from Oct. 5-13 on outdoor hard courts at Victoria Park.
In a statement Friday, tournament organizers said it would be put back “in light of the present situation” but did not give a new date for the event.
A summer of protest has rocked the region, led by campaigns against a proposed extradition law which would allow Hong Kong suspects to be sent to China for trial.
“In light of the present situation, Hong Kong Tennis Association and the WTA are announcing a postponement of the 2019 Hong Kong Tennis Open,” the statement said. “We strive to maintain a high standard of the event for all participants, players and the fans in particular.
“However, after extensive discussions with our key stakeholders, we conclude that a smooth running of the tournament can be better assured at a later time.”


Neymar’s Champions League ban cut to 2 games

Updated 31 min 12 sec ago
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Neymar’s Champions League ban cut to 2 games

  • Neymar was suspended for abusive language to a referee or assistant
  • The ruling clears Neymar to play for Paris Saint-Germain at Club Brugge on October 22

LAUSANNE, Switzerland: Neymar’s ban from the Champions League for insulting match officials has been cut to two games.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the three-match suspension to the minimum of two games for abusive language to a referee or assistant.
The ruling clears Neymar to play for Paris Saint-Germain at Club Brugge on Oct. 22.
Neymar remains banned for PSG’s match against Real Madrid on Wednesday, and from playing at Galatasaray in two weeks.
UEFA found the Brazil striker guilty of abuse on social media after PSG was eliminated by Manchester United in the last 16 in March. Neymar, who was injured and did not play, published profane comments about video review officials after United got a decisive stoppage-time penalty.