The first Rounds of the 2020 Ice Gladiators Speedway World Championships due to be held in Europe have been cancelled due to health risks associated with the Coronavirus. Rounds 7 and 8 were due to be held in Inzell, Germany this weekend, but the German government has said that all public gatherings over 1000 people must be cancelled because of the risk of the virus spreading through the population.
A similar ruling in Poland means that the European Ice Speedway Championship, which was due to take place in Tomaszów Mazowiecki on 21 March in has also been cancelled.
The domestic season in Sweden has been interrupted by extremely warm weather for the time of year, so the Coronavirus outbreak is a further blow for riders and fans alike.
As the future developments in regard to the disease are unknown it remains to be seen if the final rounds of the World Championship, which are due to take place in the Netherlands on 4 and 5 April will occur or not.
The Russian trio of Danill Ivanov (above,104 pts), Dmitry Khomitshevich (100 pts) and Dinar VaIeev (95 pts) currently lead the competition with the top placed westerner, Austria's Harald Simon in sixth place with 58 points.