South African sport was paralyzed this Friday (26) due to the detection of a new version of the coronavirus, with rugby teams fighting to leave the country before travel restrictions were imposed. The first event of Golf’s new DP World Tour is in jeopardy.
Four rugby teams were scheduled to face South African opponents in the United Rugby Championship, but Welsh clubs Cardiff and Scarlett have said they plan to return home before the UK-imposed travel ban takes effect.
“The situation in South Africa is changing so fast, we want to get our team back as soon as possible,” Cardiff said on Twitter.
The team concluded, “To the families and friends concerned, rest assured that our focus is on ensuring the safety and well-being of our people and keeping them updated with any developments.”
Scarlett said that she too was trying to get out as quickly as possible. “Following the news of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa, Scarlett assures families and friends that we are doing everything we can to get our team back home as quickly as possible.”
British golfers have also pulled out of the Open Joburg, the first event of the DP World Tour of Golf, which began this week.