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Jakarta postpones Formula E race amid coronavirus concerns

The coronavirus outbreak has claimed another scalp in the events sphere with the news that the Formula E race scheduled for June 6 in Jakarta, Indonesia has been postponed.

The 10th round of the championship is the third in the series to be postponed, in addition to races in the Chinese city of Sanya and Rome, Italy.

Formula E, motorsport’s global governing body the FIA, Ikatan Motor Indonesia (IMI) and the organising committee of the Jakarta E-Prix (OC) consulted with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan before making the decision, with the option left open of rescheduling the race for a later date.

A statement from Formula E said: “Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and the escalating number of cases in Indonesia and Jakarta, the decision has been taken as the most responsible course of action, to protect the health and safety of championship participants, staff and spectators.”

There have been 27 cases of Covid-19 in Indonesia, with some reportedly being treated for the virus in Jakarta, Reuters reports.

Alberto Longo, co-founder of Formula E, said: “It is a fluid situation, developing on a daily basis and we remain realistic and flexible in our approach to alternative options, which will be communicated in due course.

“These include adding double-headers to existing events, using permanent facilities and racing behind closed doors if necessary and advised to do so by local authorities in any given location.”

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