Chinese Grand Prix Postponed
By Samuel Victor Akpan
The spread of the Covid-19 virus has forced the postponement of the Chinese Grand Prix.
The event was initially scheduled for April 19th in Shanghai.
In a statement by the Formula One governing body (FIA), the “health and safety" of drivers, staff and fans forced the decision to postpone the race.
FIA also says potential new dates would be discussed by all parties after “appropriate amount of time” has been taken.
"The Chinese Grand Prix has long been an important part of the F1 calendar with many passionate fans."
"The FIA F1 community looks forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wishes everyone in the country the best during this difficult time," said the statement.
Since the global outbreak of the virus, there has been more than 40,000 cases of the epidemic worldwide, and it has been declared a global health emergency.
Last week, Ross Brawn, F1’s Managing Director stated that plans to reschedule the race were in place should it fail to hold on the initial date.
Sporting activities in Shanghai were suspended earlier in the month on the recommendation of the Shanghai Sports General Association.
Organisers of the 2020 Olympic Games in neighbouring Tokyo, Japan have already expressed “serious concerns” about the impact of the virus on the games. The event is scheduled to commence on the 24th of July.
The death toll in China now stands at over 1100.