Portuguese, Italian WRC rounds postponed due to virus

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Portuguese, Italian WRC rounds postponed due to virus

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3/24/2020

Portuguese, Italian WRC rounds postponed due to virus

The fifth and sixth rounds of the world rally championship in Portugal and Italy have been postponed due to the coronavirus, organisers said on ...

close breaking news Sport The fifth and sixth rounds of the world rally championship in Portugal and Italy have been postponed due to the coronavirus, organisers said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Jun 13, 2019; Alghero, Sardegna, Italy; WRC driver Sebastien Ogier (FRA) drifts a corner during the shakedown stage on day 1 of Rally Italia Sardegna. PHOTO: Reuters/ Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports 25 Mar 2020 01:55AM Share this content Bookmark REUTERS: The fifth and sixth rounds of the world rally championship in Portugal and Italy have been postponed due to the coronavirus, organisers said on Tuesday. Portugal would have been on May 21-24 while the Italian round in Sardinia was scheduled for June 4-7. Advertisement Advertisement Three rounds of the championship have taken place so far with Argentina postponed. Portugal last week declared a state of emergency to stem the spread of the virus while Italy, which has seen more fatalities than any other country, is in lockdown. The next race on the calendar after Italy is Kenya's Safari Rally on July 16-19 but the East African country has cancelled flights and barred entry to people from countries affected by the outbreak. "All parties will work to identify potential alternative dates for the postponed rallies later in the season should the COVID-19 situation improve," said WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla in a statement. Advertisement Advertisement He said this would also depend on championship logistics, the ability of competitors to travel and the country's ability to host the event. Six times world champion Frenchman Sebastien Ogier leads Toyota team mate Elfyn Evans of Wales by eight points in the championship. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris) Source: Reuters Read more: CNA

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