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Thorbjorn Olesen wins reinstatement to European Tour

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Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, who faces 3 criminal counts relating to a 2019 incident on an international flight, will be able to return to the European Tour during a delay in the U.K. court calendar.

Danish golfer, who faces 3 criminal counts stemming from an incident on a flight in 2019, can compete while the U.K. court system encounters delays because of the coronavirus pandemic

Thorbjorn Olesen can return to the European Tour during a delay in his criminal trial stemming from an incident on a 2019 flight, the tour announced Thursday in a news release.

Olesen, 30, of Denmark, was suspended Aug. 6, 2019, after he was arrested and charged with disrupting a flight from Nashville, Tenn., to London on July 29. He pleaded not guilty to three criminal counts: sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault (“Olesen incident adds to world’s turbulence,” Aug. 8, 2019).

With the disruption of the U.K. court calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic, Olesen’s trial had been delayed until at least Dec. 6, 2021. Because of the extraordinary delay, the European Tour agreed to lift the suspension immediately. His status will be reviewed upon completion of the legal process, the tour said.

Olesen, a five-time winner on the European Tour and a member of Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team in 2018, was returning to his home in London after the PGA Tour tournament in Memphis, Tenn. He was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after he allegedly groped a female passenger and accused of urinating in a first-class aisle of the British Airways flight.

“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,” Olesen said in a statement. “Obviously, the case itself is still on-going, so I will continue to make no comment about it.”

Under its revised schedule, the European Tour resumes play this month.

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