HONG KONG WOMEN TENNIS EVENT IS POSTPONED DUE TO PROTESTS




İrem UZUN -TDO- The WTA Hong Kong Open Women's Tennis Tournament, one the major sporting event in the territory, has been postponed. In their statement, organisers said it was postponed following the "present situation" after months of violent pro-democracy protests."In light of the present situation, Hong Kong Tennis Association and the WTA are announcing a postponement of the 2019 Hong Kong Tennis Open," a Hong Kong Tennis Association statement said.

Originally, the event was going to take place between 5-13 Octobers at Victoria Park. Victoria Park is one of the major places for sports events in the country and nowadays the biggest gathering point for the mass protests against the government.

Anti-government protests in Hong Kong started in June against proposal that allows for criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China. Hong Kong, a former British colony, has some autonomy under a "one country, two systems" deal. Although the leader Carrie Lam suspended the bill, protests evolved to include demands for full independence and protests have become increasingly violent.