WEC Cancels 1000-Miles of Sebring Following European Travel Ban

update: IMSA 12-Hours of Sebring has been delayed. Will be moved to November 11-14.

The World Endurance Championship has announced that the March 20 1000 Miles of Sebring race has been canceled for 2020. The decision comes as a direct reaction to the US’s travel 30-day travel ban on Europe.

“Given the large number of drivers, team staff and officials who are still in Europe and who were scheduled to travel to the USA in the coming days, it would not be possible or appropriate to stage the race in their absence,” wrote the WEC in a statement.

According to Gerard Neveu, CEO of the WEC, the decision was a very difficult one.

“Our teams and officials place great value on racing at Sebring in front of its enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans,” said Neveu in a statement. “While this cancelation has been forced upon us because of the travel restrictions from Europe to USA, WEC remains committed at all times to the health and welfare of its teams, officials and race fans.”

The event was set to take place the same weekend at the 12-Hours of Sebring.

Although the WEC says the decision was taken out of its hands, it is by no means the only sporting event that has had to cancel an event as a result of the Coronavirus. Formula 1 today announced that the first race of its 2020 calendar, set to take place this weekend in Australia, has been canceled. The NBA, meanwhile, has canceled the rest of its regular-season games.

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