Various business and sports activities continue to be canceled as part of measures against the coronavirus epidemic that started in the Hubei region of China and spread to at least 25 countries.
According to the news of Muhammed Kafadar from the newspaper Hürriyet; In this context, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, which is one of the most important technology fairs in the world and planned to be held on 24-28 February, was canceled. Decision; It came after giant brands like LG, Intel, Sony and Amazon announced that they would not attend the fair this year due to coronavirus concern. According to the figures announced by the Catalan government, last year 107 thousand people from 200 countries flocked to the city within the scope of the fair. With the participation of more than two thousand companies, the fair reached an economic size of 513 million dollars, while approximately 14 thousand people were employed during the event.
On the other hand, the Chinese race of Formula 1 was another important event canceled. The fourth race of the season, which is planned to be held in Shanghai, China on April 19, has been removed from the calendar. When they announced the decisions of Formula 1 and the International Automobile Federation (FIA), they particularly emphasized health concerns. Thus, while the probability of a 22-season season to close shortly becomes stronger, it is expected to cause tens of millions of dollars in economic losses along with its impact on tourism. The last cancellation in Formula history was the Bahrain race in 2011. In that cancellation on the grounds of internal turmoil in the country, the Bahraini administration still had to pay the $ 40 million hosting fee. It is stated that China will have to bear a similar cost. On the other hand, the race, planned to be held on April 5 in the Hanoi track of Vietnam, which is about 160 kilometers from the Chinese border, is also on the agenda.
The real question mark began to appear on the Tokyo Olympic Games, which will begin on July 24. However, Japanese officials insist that there is no threat to the games. Japanese investors are very concerned about the revocation gossip about the games, which have so far been billed at $ 12.6 billion and calculated to spend $ 26 billion.
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Apart from these two large organizations, the International Basketball Federation had moved the qualifying matches to the Belgrade, scheduled for February 6-9, in Foshan, China, for Tokyo qualifiers. Again in Foshan, the China-Malaysia match, scheduled for February 24 as part of the FIBA Asian Cup, was canceled. Also, Thai and Singapore games within the scope of the Women's Golf Tournament were canceled. The Chinese New Year celebrations on January 25, which are expected to cause millions of dollars of economic activity, were also dimmed in the shadow of various organization cancellations.