The National Monument Square in Central Jakarta (Photo:Medcom.id/M Rizal)
The National Monument Square in Central Jakarta (Photo:Medcom.id/M Rizal)

Formula E Race in Jakarta Postponed due to Coronavirus

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Wahyu Dwi Anggoro • 11 March 2020 11:57
Jakarta: Formula E has confirmed that a Formula E race in Jakarta will be postponed due to escalating number of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Indonesia.
 
"As instructed by the Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan - and in consultation together with Formula E, the FIA, Ikatan Motor Indonesia (IMI) and the Organising Committee of the Jakarta E-Prix - it will no longer be possible to race in Jakarta on the scheduled date of June 6, 2020," it said in a press release issued on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
 
"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," it stated.

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The organization will continue to monitor the situation closely with the relevant authorities and the Organising Committee of the Jakarta E-Prix, in order to assess the possibilities of rescheduling the race at a later date.
 
“With the growing number of COVID-19 cases in countries where Formula E currently has events scheduled to be held, we are evaluating contingency plans to lessen the potential impact of coronavirus and maintain the highest possible number of races on the calendar for season six," Alberto Longo, Co-Founder of Formula E, was quoted as saying.
 
"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," he was quoted as saying.
 
According to him, some alternative options 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.
 
(WAH)

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