On March 2, Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced that the MotoGP motorcycle race in the country will be delayed due to COVID-19 respiratory infection.
According to the original plan, the event will take place from March 20-22 in Northeast Thailand. Last week, Thailand’s MotoGP organizers were optimistic that the event would take place with the application of strict medical measures such as body temperature tests, masks and the use of antiseptic water.
However, on March 1, the Thai Ministry of Health announced that a 35-year-old man infected with COVID-19 in the country had died.
Speaking to the press, Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced that because the situation had changed and COVID-19 had become a major epidemic, it needed to ensure the national interests and the participants of the event. MotoGP will be delayed until further notice.
A day earlier, Qatar canceled the opening event of the MotoGP season scheduled for March 8. The International Motor Federation (FIM) stated that due to Qatar’s travel restrictions for several countries, including Italy, it has prevented the first-class drivers from attending the Losail race.
However, the other two world championship motorcycle races, Moto2 and Moto3, will continue as planned, as both runners and groups will be present in the Gulf state from February 22-24. just now to prepare for the event.
According to FIM, starting March 1, all passengers arriving in Doha on a direct flight from Italy or already in Italy in the past two weeks will immediately be quarantined for 14 days.
In the context of widespread disease, Italy is currently the most affected country in Europe with 34 deaths and more than 1,600 cases. In MotoGP, Italian drivers play a very important role in the championship. There are six excellent Italian riders, including Valentino Rossi who won the world championship seven times.
MotoGP is the latest sporting event to be canceled due to an epidemic. Previously, Formula One Grand Prix motor racing was originally scheduled for April 19 in Shanghai and Formula E scheduled for March 21 in Sanya, China was canceled. However, the Formula One Grand Prix in Vietnam will still take place on April 5 as expected.