The Japan Women's Open, one of the leading Asian tennis tournaments, was canceled for the first time due to an outbreak Corona Virus, according to the event's organizers and moderators.
The cancellation of one of the Premier's tournaments scheduled for November and Naomi Osaka won their title last year, a week after the cancellation of all tennis matches in China for 2020.
The "Pan Pacific" session will stop for the first time since 1984, leaving South Korea's October open session as the only women among the calendar for the year devastated by "Covid-19".
This is a fresh blow to hosting sports in Japan after the Summer Olympics postponed from 2020 to the summer of 2021.
"We were trying to find ways to keep the tournament, like playing without an audience or limiting the number of spectators," the organizers said in a statement.
They added, "But we reached a difficult conclusion that we had to cancel the course due to the difficulty of ensuring its safety."
The session was postponed from September to November, in light of the organizers' desire to preserve the hope of holding it.
Last year, Osaka became the first Japanese to win the title on home soil since Kimiko Dati in 1995, when she was crowned in her hometown.
The tournament became the latest sporting competition to be canceled due to the virus that disrupted and canceled most of the world events.
Last Friday, the professional and professional associations announced the cancellation of all competitions scheduled in China until the end of the year 2020.
Among the canceled events were the Wuhan Open Championships, which were promising a strong symbolic impact in the first city in the world affected by the new Corona virus at the end of last year, as well as the final Masters Championships in Shenzhen.
The same decision was taken by men, in particular, to cancel the Shanghai Masters and the China Open (men and women) in Beijing.
The women's competition is scheduled to resume on August 3 in the Italian Palermo tournament.