Yesterday was a crazy day, especially in the sports world! With large events getting cancelled left and right, it was no surprise that FISE has officially postponed the upcoming World Cup in Hiroshima. FISE Hiroshima has been postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation. It will be interesting to see how all of this will pan out with the points deadline only two months away and the Olympic Games only four months away. Below is the announcement from FISE, the official press release from the UCI and some statements from riders that planned to attend the event in Hiroshima. 

After careful consideration and a thorough review of the Coronavirus COVID-19 situation, we have decided to reschedule FISE Hiroshima. ?

Our primary concern is always the safety and well-being of the athletes, fans and partners who are involved in our events and given the situation as it is today, we feel postponement of the event is the best option.

We will be releasing more information in the coming days – thank you for your understanding FISE Family! ? -FISE

For updates:

Following the decision of the Hiroshima Prefecture in relation to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI) must announce that the opening round of the UCI BMX Freestyle and Flatland World Cup, part of the 2020 FISE World Series, in Hiroshima, Japan – initially scheduled from 3 to 5 April – has to be postponed.

The UCI fully supports the decision taken by the Japanese authorities and reiterates that its primary concern across all its disciplines and events remains the safety of athletes, teams and all parties involved. The new date of the competitions will be announced later in consultation with the Japanese authorities and the series organizer Hurricane. -UCI

Official UCI Press Release :

“I can’t say that I was surprised, since mass events are canceled all over the world in Russia. I am a little upset because the trip to Hiroshima is one of the most exciting in a year, but I will be able to train a little longer and spend more time with my family.” –Elizaveta Posadskikh

“I expected it, due to the problem of traveling to a country so close to where the problem was generated. In Spain they have canceled all events, in Europe they are starting to cancel many too.” –Teresa Fernandez-Miranda

“I am relieved that it would not really be good to travel with the virus, it is better that we all do not take care.” –Queensaray

“Hi ok… I was starting to get really anxious about if the event was going to happen or not. I saw other events being canceled and just wanted an answer. Either way, I was ready to go… it’s nice that it’s postponed now because even though I’m healthy and not scared to get sick, it’s all the other people that I could potentially infect so it’s good.” –Cory Coffey

“I’m not shocked about the situation since Germany already closed schools, university’s and more, so I was hoping that we don’t have to travel to Japan. I’m really sad about all the changes because of the corona virus, but I guess it’s the best decision Fise / UCI could make.” –Lara Lessmann

“I think it’s a smart move, I don’t think riders should sacrifice their health or getting quarantined any more than they already have with some of the current restrictions implemented by their nations at this time.” –Nina Buitrago

“Pretty bummed to see it’s cancelled, though not surprised. It makes sense of course, but this whole Corona thing is really taking the fun away this year! Hope it’s resolved soon.” –Nikita Ducarroz

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