Sports are supposed to be a reprieve from the real-life issues that face us as a world society. However, the current political climate in the East as it pertains to North Korea’s threats of nuclear war had an impact that crossed over into the sports world on Friday.
The Japan Tour’s ANA Open had a bizarre stoppage of play resulting from a missile launch by North Korea.
Well this is a first. We currently have a suspension of play in Sapporo Japan due to North Korea launching ballistic missiles ????
— Matt Griffin (@MattGriffinGolf) September 14, 2017
The second round of the Japan Golf Tour’s ANA Open was temporarily suspended after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the country.
According to reports, the missile, the second North Korea has fired over Japan airspace, reached an altitude of 470 miles and travelled 2,300 miles before landing in the Pacific Ocean.
Australian Matthew Griffin was quoted in the Herald Sun as saying, “We woke this morning to an alert text message that said North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.
“They’ve suspended play at the course for a while and we’ll just wait and see what they decide to do.
“Fortunately, it flew well over the top and fortunately it’s not too close to us at this stage.
“Over the last few months I guess tensions just gradually increased and you keep thinking or you hope that nothing will ever happen.”
The second round was completed at the Sapporo Golf Club.
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