The Chinese Grand Prix is unlikely to take place as scheduled on April 19 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Formula One chief Chase Carey told Reuters today.
Yanqing was set to host a round of the FIS World Cup over 15-16 February, but the event was cancelled by the governing body amid the growing concerns, with the World Health Organization having declared coronavirus as a global emergency.
The flu-like virus has killed more than 1,100 people and infected more than 44,000 in China after it first emerged in the central city of Wuhan late a year ago.
The change to the calendar means there will be a four-week break between the inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix on April 5 and the return of the Dutch Grand Prix on May 3.
"The FIA and Formula 1 continue to work closely with the teams, race promoter, CAMF and the local authorities to monitor the situation as it develops".
Several British media outlets ran unsourced reports on Wednesday saying the Shanghai race, the fourth of the new season, will be either postponed or cancelled. The Blue Bay LPGA, scheduled for the start of March on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, will now also not take place due to the continued health concerns in the region.
"But we don't know what it will be in a week or two".
"The Chinese Grand Prix has always been a very important part of the F1 calendar and the fans are always incredible", Formula 1 said in a statement.
The only triple-header in F1 history took place in 2018, when the Austrian, French and British Grand Prix where held in the space of 14 days.
The time available is short, however, and organisers of any such one-off race would also likely expect their hosting costs to be underwritten. The BWF said it hoped the flagship Badminton Asia Championships could still go ahead in Wuhan from 21 to 26 April.
Other virus-enforced cancellations or postponements range from soccer and Olympic qualifying events to golf tournaments.
The Chinese Football Association said domestic games at all levels would be postponed. But many Olympic qualifying events are in disarray, with Chinese athletes not free to travel outside the country to participate.