Shanghai Formula 1 GP at risk of being suspended for the coronavirus
The Shanghai Formula 1 Grand Prix runs the risk of not being able to be held in mid-April after the city announced the suspension of all sporting events due to the coronavirus epidemic in China.
In a statement, the Sports Federation of the economic capital of the country said they suspend "until the end of the epidemic" all sporting events, "performances, forums, exchanges abroad and other activities."
Likewise, the Municipal Sports Office will stop organizing sporting events while the coronavirus outbreak is still active.
The decision of the Shanghai authorities comes at a time when the specialized press speculates about the possible cancellation or delay of the Shanghai Formula 1 Grand Prix.
According to various media, the authorities of Formula 1 will meet today to decide whether the event, scheduled for the weekend of April 17 to 19, continues or not.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has recently announced the suspension of the Formula E race scheduled for March 21 in the island city of Sanya, in the south of the country.
In the statement published last Sunday, the organization explained that it made that decision "to ensure the health and safety of the traveling staff, the participants of the championship and the spectators, who remain vitally important".
The FIA said it will continue to monitor the situation and remain in communication with the Chinese authorities to study a possible future date for the race "in case the situation improves."