Vietnam cancels 2020 F1 race due to COVID-19 pandemic

Vietnam cancels 2020 F1 race due to COVID-19 pandemic

FILE PHOTO: A man wears a protective mask as he guards at the construction site of Formula One Viet
FILE PHOTO: A man wears a protective mask as he guards at the construction site of Formula One Vietnam Grand Prix racing track in Hanoi, Vietnam March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Kham

HANOI: The organiser of Vietnam's first Formula One grand prix on Friday (Oct 16) said it has cancelled the race, having already postponed the event initially scheduled for April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This has been an extremely difficult but necessary decision to reach in view of the continued uncertainty caused by the global coronavirus pandemic," Vietnam Grand Prix Corp said in an emailed statement. It said it will refund all tickets sold.

The Southeast Asian country has recorded more than 1,110 COVID-19 infections, with 35 deaths, Ministry of Health data showed.

In July, Hanoi city authorities said the race could be held in November.

Later in July, Formula One scrapped all four of the season's races in the Americas due to the pandemic and added three in Europe.

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Source: Reuters

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