sport news Chinese Grand Prix on April 19 is POSTPONED due to the outbreak of coronavirus

Chinese Grand Prix on April 19 is POSTPONED due to the outbreak of coronavirus... but race could be rescheduled later this year The Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed because of the coronavirus The race, which was scheduled for April 19 in Shanghai, could be rescheduled Shanghai is 500 miles away from Wuhan, where the virus broke out last month  With 21 other races in the calendar, it remains unclear if F1 will be able to fit it in

By Jonathan Mcevoy for MailOnline

Published: 12:25 GMT, 12 February 2020 | Updated: 12:32 GMT, 12 February 2020

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The Chinese Grand Prix has become the latest sporting event to fall victim to the coronavirus after Formula One confirmed that it has been postponed. 

The race, which was scheduled to be held on April 19 in Shanghai, will no longer go ahead due to growing fears over the outbreak.

However, it could be rescheduled for later in the year 'should the situation improve', according to an F1 statement.  

The Chinese Grand Prix in April has been called off by Formula One due to coronavirus fears

The Chinese Grand Prix in April has been called off by Formula One due to coronavirus fears

The virus outbreak began last month in Wuhan, 500 miles away from the track in Shanghai

The virus outbreak began last month in Wuhan, 500 miles away from the track in Shanghai

The statement read: 'The Chinese Grand Prix Promoter, Juss Sports Group, officially requested the postponement after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People's Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports.

'Amid continued health concerns and with the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus as a global health emergency, Formula 1, together with governing body the FIA, jointly decided to accept the postponement request in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans.

'Formula 1 and the FIA will continue to work closely with the teams, race promoter, CAMF and the local authorities to monitor the situation as it develops, with all parties studying the viability

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