Coronavirus: Australian Grand Prix called off

first_imgThe Australian Grand Prix has been called off, two senior Formula 1 sources have told BBC Sport. There has been no official confirmation from F1 or governing body the FIA but the news follows a McLaren team member testing positive for coronavirus. The situation has rapidly developed throughout Thursday night in Melbourne but an announcement that the race will not take place is expected. The decision throws into doubt the rest of the Formula 1 season. F1 and the FIA have come in for criticism for their handling of the situation. World champion Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday at the official F1 new conference he was “very, very surprised” the sport had pressed on with plans to continue with the race while the outbreak of the virus worsened and other sports suspended or cancelled events. An initial meeting of team bosses with F1 and FIA officials on Thursday night, after a tense day in the paddock at Albert Park, broke up with an agreement to carry on with Friday practice as normal and review the situation later that day.But the plans changed later in the evening as several insiders – including leading drivers – expressed their concerns about the idea of racing amid the risk of further cases of coronavirus in the tight-knit F1 paddock.The decision was reviewed at later meetings and eventually, at around 0200 Friday local time (1500 GMT on Thursday), the decision was made to call the race off.In total, eight F1 workers have been assessed and tested for Covid-19.Seven were cleared on Thursday but an eighth, from McLaren, tested positive.Australian Grand Prix organisers said in a statement a ninth person had been assessed and tested, with the result pending. This person was “not associated with any F1 team, the FIA or associated suppliers”, the statement said.There is yet no sense of the knock-on effects of the Australian Grand Prix being called off, but the Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled to be the second race of the season on 22 March, is now in serious doubt.A decision is also expected imminently on the Vietnam Grand Prix, scheduled for 5 April, after the government in Hanoi banned travel into the country for anyone who has been in Italy – among other locations – in the previous 14 days.F1 chief executive Chase Carey was in Hanoi on Thursday trying to find a way around the restrictions.The Chinese Grand Prix, scheduled to be the fourth race, was postponed in February after government officials said it could not go ahead.The Australian Grand Prix is the second race to be called off over coronavirus concernsRead Also: BREAKING: Man City v Real Madrid, Juve v Lyon matches postponedThere are now serious questions as to when – or if – the F1 season will start at all.The next race after Vietnam is scheduled to be the Dutch Grand Prix on 5 May, the start of a run of three races in four weekends that also includes the Spanish and Monaco events.But with the coronavirus situation developing by the day, and countries imposing tighter restrictions on travel, it is impossible to know at this stage whether any of those races can go ahead.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsThese Are India’s 7 Most Stunning Models9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Advertisementlast_img read more

Women’s hockey: Roque takes home Rookie of the Week honors at right time

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team just keeps collecting regular season accolades as freshman forward Abby Roque earned Rookie of the Week honors after her three-point performance in the weekend sweep of Bemidji State University.This is Roque’s third Rookie of the Week award this season and second multigoal game with her first also coming against BSU in early November.The freshman’s outstanding play comes at the most opportune time for the No. 1 Badgers as they host the No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in their home season finale this weekend and look to go into the WCHA playoffs as the top seed. Head coach Mark Johnson spoke in a press conference Monday on how highly he looks at this freshman class and their poise going into their potential first WCHA and NCAA tournament.Women’s hockey: Top two matchup awaits Badgers at homeAfter two solid wins against Bemidji State University (9-16-3) last weekend, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team extended their Read…Even with a dominant underclassman unit, the Badgers have an absolute wealth of talent as Roque is tied for fifth on the team in total points (22) and is one of 12 players with double-digit assists. The Michigan native’s third weekly award, however, simply speaks to how deep this Wisconsin team is and how much potential they have in the postseason to snag the program’s first-ever national championship.Roque’s leadership on Friday helped the Badgers to something even better than a weekly honor as they earned the program’s 500th win, a mark that even more impressive considering the program has only been around since 1999. After it was revealed early last spring Johnson would remain as the UW women’s head coach and pass up the UW men’s coaching job, it became clear to most of the country Wisconsin hockey was here to stay.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin hits the road for Bemidji State seriesWith a 10-game winning streak behind them, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team heads out to face the Bemidji Read…Now, with one of the biggest match ups of the year only a few days away and the allure of holding onto the number one ranking from the duration of the season, the intensity is beginning to build and those around women’s hockey are starting to take notice. Johnson and the Badgers will need underground players like Roque to step up and send their seven seniors off the right way in what should be another rowdy crowd in Labahn Arena.The matchups are set for 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.last_img read more