TOKYO: The Olympics going forward in Tokyo this 12 months is “highly unlikely”, the boss of Asian golf instructed AFP, and continuing as deliberate may value gamers the possibility to qualify.
The Worldwide Olympic Committee mentioned this week it was “fully committed” to holding the Video games from July 24 regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, however acknowledged there was no “ideal” answer as strain mounted for a postponement.
Asian Tour Commissioner and CEO Cho Minn Thant confirmed that each one tournaments throughout the continent had been suspended till at the least the tip of Could, according to the US PGA and European Excursions.
“I think everyone right now is more in a state of shock, just trying to figure out what they do with themselves,” mentioned Cho, talking by phone from Asian Tour headquarters in Singapore.
With the prospect of scarcely any aggressive golf earlier than the Olympic rankings qualifying cut-off on June 22, Cho mentioned it might be harsh on gamers from unheralded golf nations.
“Our plan initially was to have about 16 or 17 tournaments before the Olympic cut-off,” Cho mentioned. “Today, we probably have only about four or five Asian Tour players eligible for the Olympics.”
Olympics ‘highly unlikely’
On present rankings, solely Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and Gunn Charoenkul, the Indian pair of Rashid Khan and Udayan Mane plus Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines would characterize the Asian Tour within the 60-strong Tokyo subject.
“Given the amount of golf that was left to be played, we were hopeful that more players from nations like Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines would have the opportunity to get into the Olympics over the next two or three months,” mentioned Cho.