Deadly Isle of Mann TT races cancelled by coronavirus

  • Deadly Isle of Mann TT races cancelled by coronavirus

Deadly Isle of Mann TT races cancelled by coronavirus

We all knew it was probably inevitable, but the Isle of Man government officially announcing that the 2020 IOMTT is canceled due to COVID-19 concerns still hits especially hard. By completing team objectives players will win special rewards that will help them progress to the next level.

The last time the IOMTT races were cancelled was in 2001, when the United Kingdom was suffering an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, and Isle of Man officials ordered the races cancelled to prevent spread of the disease at that point.

The Department for Enterprise will also issue full refunds for all tickets purchased, including grandstand tickets, hospitality packages and other official event experiences purchased through the official Isle of Man TT website.

It is the latest major motorsport event to have been abandoned because of the pandemic.

It is thought the North West 200 in Northern Ireland, due to take place in May, is also set to be cancelled. "Representatives from the Isle of Man Government will now discuss the implications with all relevant businesses, stakeholders and individuals affected by this cancellation, which it recognises will be significant", said Laurence Skelly, Isle of Man Minister for Enterprise.

At present, August's Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT events have not been put on hold.

"We wanted to make the decision now to give businesses, visitors and all involved stakeholders time to manage the impact going forward", reads a statement.

The UK is now seeing the early stages of what appears to be a serious infection, and therefore the Isle of Man's government shut down the races, even though there's no known cases of COVID-19 on the island.

"In these unprecedented times, this decision, taken to protect the health of the residents of the IOM, is a decision that is absolutely necessary ahead of any sporting, economic or commercial factor", says Paul Phillips, who represents the TT in the Isle of Man government.