Coronaviruset stoppar Longines Masters

Longines Masters hopptävlingar i Hong Kong ställs in på grund av coronaviruset.

Coronaviruset som härjar i Asien och nu har krävt 170 människoliv påverkar även sporten. Förutom Hong Kong Maraton och inomhus-VM i friidrott i Nanjing som ställts in, kommer nu även Longines Masters of Hong Kong att bli inställt.

De som köpt biljetter kommer att få tillbaka sina pengar. Ryttarna kommer att kontaktas individuellt.

Även mässan Asia Horse Week som hålls i anslutning till Longines Masters ställs in.

I Hong Kong utlystes igår nödläge och myndigheterna väntar sig en ökning av sjukdomsfall när många kommer hem från firandet av det kinesiska nyåret.

 

Arrangören skriver (på engelska):

Originally taking place on 14 – 16 February at the AsiaWorld-Expo, EEM, the founder, owner and organiser of the event, announced today that Longines Masters of Hong Kong will not take place. This decision is a precautionary measure following the recent developments in the 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak which is currently affecting the city of Hong Kong, Mainland China and across the APAC region.

“With more than 35,000 people expected from Hong Kong, Asia and around the world, the safety of our audience, athletes, visitors, exhibitors, service providers, internal teams, as well as that of the horses taking part in the events of the Longines Masters Series, is an absolute priority”, says Christophe Ameeuw, Founder and President of EEM. “Considering the uncertainty surrounding the 2019-nCoV Coronavirus outbreak, and in order to guarantee the welfare of our guests, partners and stakeholders, it is without hesitation that we decided not to hold the event from 14-16 February 2020. Our loyal partners, which include Longines, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation, DBS Bank, Hong Kong International Airport, AsiaWorld-Expo, the Hong Kong Tourism Office and TVB Pearl, who have already been informed, showed their understanding and support.”

The riders involved of the Longines Masters of Hong Kong will be contacted individually by EEM in the coming days. Members of the public who have already booked tickets will be reimbursed. Ticket holders can contact Cityline’s customer service hotline at (852) 2314 4228 (Monday through Friday from 10am to 8pm) or visit www.cityline.com. For other enquiries and further information, please call (852) 5984 9936 (office hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 7pm)..

The Longines Masters Series is an intercontinental series of prestigious show jumping competitions, recognised by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). For the past five seasons, the Longines Masters Series included the Longines Masters of Hong Kong, the established Asian leg of the series. Elite riders and horses around the world take part in this Series.

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