The WTA Tour has announced that a second tournament has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus epidemic. In the United Kingdom the number of infected people rose to 40, but in mainland China the death toll exceeded 3,000 people.
Governments around the world are scrambling to implement plans to deal with the virus.
In the world of sports, several sports have already been forced to cancel events and there are fears of shows like Euro 2020 and the Olympics could be hit in the summer.
In tennis, the WTA postponed the tournament in Xi’an, China, from April 13 to 19.
And today, the association confirmed that they were also canceling the Kunming Open, which is expected to be played in April.
The statement said: “The WTA has announced that the Kunming Open 2020, a 125k WTA tournament in Anning, China, scheduled for April 27-May 3, has been canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic and uncertainty. on travel and travel restrictions.
“This adds to the cancellation announced on February 20 of the WTA 125k tournament in Xi’an, China, originally scheduled for April 13-19.
“This decision was made in the best interest of our players, tournaments and WTA staff and fans.
“We can’t wait to compete in Anning in 2021 together with the events of the WTA Tour 2020 which are scheduled for this autumn.
“At this stage, there is no indication of further travel bans, nor is there any indication that Formula 1 and the teams will not arrive as usual. Formula 1 has confirmed overnight that the Australian Grand Prix is going on. “
While a spokesman for the Bahrain Grand Prix said: “The Bahrain International Circuit is working closely with all relevant government departments, including the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Interior, to mitigate the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID- 19).
“The ministries have activated a range of public health measures, including but not limited to limiting travel from high-risk areas, introducing an extensive screening program and creating quarantine facilities for suspect cases.
“It is in the context of these initiatives that the BIC is confident that its preparations will lead to a successful and safe Grand Prix later this month.”
Asked at Monday’s UEFA meetings if there are doubts that the euro will be postponed, Executive Committee member Alexey Sorokin said: “No – we don’t feel any panic. Absolutely not.
“The attention [of the meeting] obviously it wasn’t on coronavirus. At this moment, the situation with the Euro is stable. I think we need to evaluate the situation as it develops. “
FA President Greg Clarke added: “We are planning on the basis that the games will continue. If the government decides to change policy, we will obviously adhere to that policy.
“Clarity is better soon, but the facts are changing so rapidly that the government cannot be penalized for not knowing exactly what the situation will be like in a month. I understand the problem.”