The official statement reads: “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 today confirms that the suspension on Danish golfer Thorbjørn Olesen has been lifted”.
According to the Tour, Olesen’s suspension began on 6 August, 2019 after he was arrested and charged on three counts following an alleged incident on a flight from Nashville to London on 29 July, 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 11 May, 2020.
The statement reads: “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 6 December, 2021 at the earliest, a total of 854 days from 6 August, 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”.
Olesen said: “While my team and I initially agreed that I would not participate in Tour events while the legal proceedings were outstanding, I am naturally grateful to the European Tour for allowing me to continue my career following the lengthy adjournment of my trial. Obviously, the case itself is still on-going so I will continue to make no comment about it.”