Civic unrest prompts postponement of Thailand Open

Anti-government protesters wave national flags as they block the street in front of the Department of Civil Aviation during a rally in Bangkok on Wednesday.
Anti-government protesters wave national flags as they block the street in front of the Department of Civil Aviation during a rally in Bangkok on Wednesday. ( Getty Images )

Thursday, January 23, 2014

BANGKOK – The Thailand Open was suspended today after civic unrest in the Thai capital led the government to declare a 60-day state of emergency.

The OneAsia Tour event had been scheduled for March 13-16 at Thana City Golf & Sports Club. Organizers intend to reschedule the $1 million tournament for later in the year.

“We want to ensure the environment is stable in order to stage our world-class tournament and national open,” said Rungsrid Luxsitanonda, president of the Thailand Golf Association.

Weeks of protests against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's administration, which opponents allege is rife with corruption, have brought Bangkok, a city of 6.5 million, to a virtual standstill. Since November, nine deaths and more than 500 injuries have been reported.