Chinese Grand Prix postponed by F1 organizers due to coronavirus

F1 postpones Chinese Grand Prix due to coronavirus

F1: Chinese GP set to be called off due to coronavirus concerns

Formula One has become the latest sport to be impacted by the outbreak of coronavirus, with April's Chinese Grand Prix now postponed.

"The FIA, together with the F1, have jointly made a decision to accept this official request from the promoter and postpone the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, originally scheduled for 19 April".

The flu-like virus has killed over 1,100 people and infected more than 44,000 in China after it first emerged in Wuhan late a year ago.

"As a result of continued health concerns and with the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus as a global health emergency, the FIA and Formula 1 have taken these measures in order to ensure the health and safety of the traveling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains of primary concern".

"The FIA and F1 continue to work closely with the teams, promoter, CAMF and local authorities to monitor the situation".

FIA added: "The Chinese Grand Prix has always been an important part of the F1 calendar with many passionate fans".

It seems like a solution has been found, according to QIAN Jun, who had previously reported all sporting events in China were to be postponed and a meeting with the FOM was due to be held about the Grand Prix.

Formula One released a statement on the Chinese race today.

A cancellation as a result could mean a financial hit for the sport's U.S. owners Liberty Media.

The last time a race was postponed was 2011, when the Bahrain Grand Prix was affected by the Arab Spring uprisings. The event, though, was eventually scrapped after organisers in Nur-Sultan declined to take up the role of replacement hosts.

Asked about the possibility of reviving races that have fallen off the calendar as one-off events to take China's place, Carey said Formula One was evaluating all contingencies. The BWF said it hoped the flagship Badminton Asia Championships could still go ahead in Wuhan from 21 to 26 April.

Other virus-enforced cancellations or postponements range from football and Olympic qualifying events to golf tournaments.

The Tokyo Olympics open on July 24 and organizers have repeatedly said the games will not be cancelled or postponed.

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