Chinese Formula E Grand Prix canceled due to coronavirus

PARIS: the Chinese Formula E Grand Prix March 21 in Sanya became the last sporting event to be a victim of the coronavirus , the organizers announced on Sunday.

The race, first held last year, was called off in view of the continued spread of coronavirus, a Formula E declaration announced.

He said the decision had been made after a close consultation with Hainan Province and the government authorities in Sanya, the governing body for sports, the FIA ​​and the Chinese car federation.

The deadly coronavirus epidemic has played havoc with China's sporting calendar.

All national football has been suspended and among the canceled or postponed events are the indoor athletics world championships, Tokyo Olympics Boxing and women's basketball qualifiers and cycling in the Hainan Tour.

The China Open billiards, the China Masters of badminton and the LPGA Blue Bay golf tournament are also canceled.

The Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 is also at risk, and the FIA ​​announced Thursday that it was monitoring the evolution of the situation.

Since emerging out of the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, the coronavirus has killed 304 people and infected nearly 14,500 across China and reached 24 countries.

The Formula E statement noted: "Given the current growing health concerns and with the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus an international emergency, Formula E has taken the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of its travelling staff, championship participants and spectators, which remains of paramount importance."