The biennial amateur competition had previously been moved from Hong Kong to Singapore due to political unrest.

"This unprecedented decision was due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty that this has caused to ensuring that the 2020 WATC could be staged successfully," International Golf Federation Executive Director Antony Scanlon said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Most importantly, it was made to safeguard the health and safety of all athletes, officials and volunteers at the 2020 WATC."

RIGHT: The Eisenhower Trophy for men was scheduled from October 21-24 in Singapore. PHOTO: Warren Little/Getty Images.

Scanlon added that scheduling and logistical issues had made it impossible to move the event to 2021 and that the IGF was looking forward to staging the competition successfully in 2022.

The golf calendar has been ravaged by the outbreak, with three of the sport's four majors re-scheduled and the Open Championship cancelled.

The inaugural Women's Amateur Latin America Championship, scheduled for September 3-6 in Buenos Aires, has now been put back a year until September 2-5 in 2021.