MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 08th March, 2020) Two stages of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix, which were to be held in Spain and France throughout March, have been canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the event's organizing committee said in a press release on Sunday.
"The situation of the Coronavirus virus - COVID 19 in France leads the Organizing Committee to cancel the 34th edition of the Internationaux de Thiais scheduled for next March 28 and 29, in view of the risks that this could cause the foreign delegations taking part and the public many who attend the event. Several delegations have already canceled their participation in the Brno Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend as well as in the Marbella Grand Prix [in Spain] scheduled for next week. They will do the same for the Grand Prix de Thiais [in France]," the statement read.
Meanwhile, in France, the number of COVID-19 cases is approaching 1,000, with 16 reported fatalities.