Formula 1 Postpones Grand Prix of China Because of Outbreak Coronavirus

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Motorsport federation FIA decided on Wednesday that the Grand Prix of China will be postponed because of the virus 2019-nCoV, motorsport federation FIA decided on Wednesday. The race in Shanghai was scheduled on Sunday, April 19.

“In consultation with health organization WHO and the Chinese motorsport federation, Formula 1 and the FIA have taken this measure to guarantee the health and safety of participants, employees and fans”, reports the FIA in a statement. The Formula 1 management is looking for alternative dates, but the race stables already complain about too much work pressure due to the many trips. Various options to move China to another date have already failed. The FIA says it is working with local authorities and the teams to find an alternative date. “All concerned will take the necessary time to study potential alternative dates if the situation in China improves”.

Other canceled sports events

In the past few weeks several other sports events that would be held in China have been cancelled as well. For example, the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing will not be held, as will Olympic qualifying tournaments in boxing, football and basketball. Also the race in Formula E, the electric racing class, has already been postponed. It was scheduled for 21 March in the south of China.

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