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Formula E postpones China race because of coronavirus concern

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Formula E’s race in China next month officially has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The race, which was scheduled for March 21 in Sanya, has been delayed indefinitely, the sanctioning body said on Sunday.

“Given the current growing health concerns and with the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus an international emergency, Formula E has taken the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of its traveling staff, championship participants and spectators, which remains of paramount importance.” a statement on the FE’s website read.

“We are working closely with our regional partner and the local authorities in Hainan Province and Sanya Municipal Government, to continue monitoring the situation as it develops. All parties will take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates should the situation improve.”

The race postponement is one of many high-profile sporting events canceled or postponed because of the deadly virus. The World Athletics indoor track and field championships, which were initially scheduled for March in Nanjing, have been postponed until 2021.

The LPGA’s Blue Bay event, which has scheduled to be held on Hainan Island from March 5-8, has been canceled. Formula One also has stated that it is monitoring the outbreak for potential impact on its April 19 race in Shanghai.

According to NBC News, confirmed cases of the virus in China have topped 14,300,with more than 300 deaths. 

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Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.

In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.

“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”

Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.

In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.

Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.

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