The Canadian Formula One Grand Prix was supposed to be held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on June 13th. But, the event has been called off as reported by the CBC Radio on Thursday.
Canada is currently struggling with the third wave of Covid-19 and new variants of the virus. As a result, the Montreal Public Health authorities have decided to scrap the event completely as even holding it without spectators involves a great deal of risk.
According to CBC, F1 officials wanted to bypass the compulsory 14-day quarantine for all the involved staff, crew members and drivers. They wanted to rely on private medical staff and have the entire event run inside a bubble.
“We are continuing our discussions with the promoter in Canada and have no further comment” an F1 spokesperson told Reuters.
Canada currently has some of the strictest policies regarding travel these days. It requires its citizens and tourists to self-isolate for 14 days after entering the country.
International arrivals have to quarantine for at least three days in a hotel.
Canada was hoping to host Formula 1 this year, with it being one of the biggest sporting events of the country. This is the second consecutive year that the Grand Prix was removed from F1 schedule due to spreading of the virus.
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