Sat, 21 May 2022

NAIROBI, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Kenya will host the 2022 Ladies European Tour (LET) season opener in February after a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic, organizers said on Thursday.

LET CEO Alexandra Armas said the Magical Kenya Ladies Open will be held in the coastal city of Mombasa from Feb. 10 to 13 with organizers stepping up preparations for the opening leg of the 31-tournament international women's golf tour.

"After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, we couldn't be more excited to return to Vipingo Ridge, a superb venue, where we will enjoy the highest level of competition and get to know the new players on tour," Armas said in a statement issued in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Armas said they are all set for the tournament and excited to see it return after a COVID-enforced two-year break and thanked the Kenyan government and sponsors for working to ensure the return of the tournament.

The tournament was first held in 2019 and has received support from the country's Sports Act and Development Fund that has provided 38.8 million shillings (340,875 U.S. dollar) prize money.

"We look forward to welcoming the players, organizers, and spectators to experience the wonders that Vipingo Ridge (in Mombasa) has to offer," Alastair Cavenagh, the chairman of Vipingo Ridge noted.

Organizers U.COM Events managing director Dirk Glittenberg said entry will be limited to 96 players.

"The event will be produced for live TV coverage across four days with the world feed being distributed to 69 countries worldwide," Glittenberg said.

He said the event shall adhere to all health and safety protocols in place to combat COVID-19.

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