Several golfers have withdrawn from the second round of the Joburg Open in Johannesburg on Friday.

They did this because of the flight ban following the outbreak of a new corona variant.

The Dutch cricket team is also currently in South Africa and may not be able to return yet.

Seventeen British and Irish golfers have withdrawn.

138 players are still active in the tournament, including the Dutch Darius van Driel, Lars van Meijel and Daan Huizing.

Half a day after the United Kingdom and Israel imposed a no-fly zone, it was announced that the Netherlands no longer allows flights from southern Africa.

The ban applies to travelers from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini.

Huizing writes on Twitter on Friday that he is in uncertainty.

"I'm focused on today's second round, where I want to make the cut. Suddenly you see the news about the new variant and the travel bans. What's going to happen? Are the next events being played? Can we go home? How ? When? Who knows... Just wait and see!"

The European Commission also wants to minimize travel from southern Africa to the European Union, President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Friday.

Daan Huizing in action on Thursday on the first day of the Joburg Open.

Daan Huizing in action on Thursday on the first day of the Joburg Open.

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Dutch cricket team is also in South Africa

The Dutch cricket team is also currently staying in South Africa.

Three matches with South Africa were scheduled in Pretoria, of which only the first has been played.

"Based on the information now available, it is highly unlikely that the Dutch team will be able to leave South Africa earlier than planned," reports KNCB cricket association.

"We are investigating all possibilities, with the physical and mental health of the players being the first priority."

The last two games are scheduled for Sunday and Wednesday.

"A decision to continue the races will be made in the next 24 to 48 hours. All possible flight options are still being studied," the union said.

Several British rugby teams are also trying to leave South Africa in haste.

"Now that the situation in South Africa has changed so quickly, we are trying to repatriate our players and staff as soon as possible," Cardiff said.

"To family and friends who are concerned, rest assured that our focus is on the health and safety of our people, we'll keep you posted."

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