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Protest concerns force PSA to postpone Hong Kong Squash Open

HONG KONG, CHINA - OCTOBER 6: A pro-democracy protester throws a Molotov cocktail during a clash With police at a demonstration in Wan Chai district on October 6, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.(Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

The Professional Squash Association announced the postponement of the Hong Kong Squash Open, citing security concerns due to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

The event was due to be played on December 2-8 at the Hong Kong Squash Centre and the West Kowloon Cultural District, but will now be postponed to next year.

No date has been specified yet on when the rescheduled event will take place.

This marks the latest of several sporting events to be called off or postponed due to the protests, with the Hong Kong Tourism Board announcing last week that the Cyclothon, a cycling event that draws top global cyclists and about 10,000 participants annually, was cancelled. The event was to be held along the Tsim Sha Tsui East promenade along with two races for local riders on October 13.

The board explained that the Cyclothon routes covered a number of major roads, tunnels and bridges, and was not confident that there would be enough time to set up for the race if there were protests the night before.

Other events that have been called off include the Hong Kong Tennis Open in early October, and the Clearwater Bay Golf Open, which was to start on October 17.

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