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Thorbjorn Olesen's European Tour ban lifted due to trial delay

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Thorbjorn Olesen's European Tour suspension has been lifted due to an “unprecedented delay in court proceedings” due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Danish golfer was set for a court date in May following an alleged incident on a flight between Nashville and London following the St Jude Classic last year but that court appearance has now been pushed back to next year.

Olesen, who denies the claims against him, will now be allowed to compete again but the European Tour will review his ban following the trial.

"Due to the unprecedented delay in court proceedings in the UK caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, and following discussions with his legal team, the European Tour confirms that the suspension on Danish golfer Thorbjørn Olesen has been lifted," the European Tour announced in a statement.

"Olesen's suspension began on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 after he was arrested and charged on three counts following an alleged incident on a flight from Nashville to London on Monday, July 29, 2019. He has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

"It was initially mutually agreed between the European Tour and Olesen that it would be inappropriate for him to continue to participate in Tour events until the conclusion of his trial, which was originally fixed for Monday, May 11, 2020.

"However, all parties have now been informed by the UK courts that, following the disruption caused by the pandemic, Olesen's trial will not now take place until Monday, December 6, 2021 at the earliest, a total of 854 days from August 6, 2019.

"Due to this significant and unparalleled delay in the legal process, the European Tour has agreed that his suspension be lifted with immediate effect, allowing him to compete while he continues to contest the case.

"This will be reviewed following the conclusion of the legal process, but as this is an on-going legal matter the European Tour will be making no further comment at this time."

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