Chinese GP set to be cancelled due to Coronavirus

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

The Chinese GP is reportedly set to be cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

The Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 draws large crowds for the race and for practice and qualifying over a three day schedule.

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Officials are still deciding whether to cancel or postpone the race, but an official announcement is set to be made on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

F1 officials could find it difficult to find a suitable time to re-schedule the three day event because of a congested mid-season schedule.

The Chinese GP is set to be cancelled. (Getty Images)

A straight swap from the Chinese GP and another race was ruled out from F1 boss Ross Brawn.

The cancellation of the Chinese GP would be yet another major sporting event to be affected due to the Coronavirus.

Events cancelled

Amid growing concern at the spread of the new virus outbreak in China, international sports have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments taken elsewhere.

The international ski federation on Wednesday cancelled the first World Cup races scheduled for testing the mountain venue for alpine skiing at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

A men's downhill had been scheduled for February 15 at Yanqing to start a two-race weekend.

"Due to the outbreak and continuing spread of the Novel Coronavirus, FIS, the Chinese Ski Association and its Yanqing Local Organising Committee, have jointly decided to cancel," the races, FIS said in a statement.

The federation said it would advise later if the downhill and super-G races were to be rescheduled.

That followed a decision by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to postpone Pro League games in China, and qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled in February in soccer, basketball and boxing being moved outside of China.

Supporters attend the Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix 2019 at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 14, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Hou Yu/China News Service/Visual China Group via Getty Images)

The Chinese women's field hockey team was due to host Belgium for two games on February 8-9 in Changzhou.

Those were postponed on Tuesday by the FIH citing "current uncertainties around the outbreak of the coronavirus in China".

The Lausanne, Switzerland-based governing body said it was "following the recommendations of the World Health Organization," ahead of future matches.

China is scheduled to host Australia for two games on March 14-15.

Also under threat is the March 13-15 indoor track and field world championships in Nanjing.

Olympic qualifying events scheduled in China in February to help decide entries for the Tokyo Games have also been affected.

Women's football and women's basketball games were moved to Australia and Serbia.

The football games had already previously moved from Wuhan, at the center of the outbreak, to Nanjing. Boxing tournaments for the Asia and Oceania regions will be held in Jordan in March.

With AAP