The following press release was distributed by the Japan Racing Association on Thursday:
In measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Japan Racing Association has announced that the public will NOT be permitted to enter JRA racecourses from Saturday, Feb. 29 until further notice. JRA races will be held without any spectators.
In addition, there will be no sale of betting tickets and payout for winning tickets on racedays or payout on weekdays at all JRA racecourses and off-track betting facilities, including WINS, Park WINS and J-PLACE until further notice. During this time, the sale of betting tickets and payout for winning tickets will be held only via telephone or online betting.
Message from JRA President and CEO Masayuki Goto:
“This is a great inconvenience to all our racing fans who look forward to the JRA races on weekends. I humbly ask for your kind understanding and cooperation.”
The Korea Racing Authority issued the following statement:
Due to the continuing COVID-19 outbreak in Korea, all scheduled race meetings at the Seoul, Busan and Jeju Racecourses have been posteponed with immediate effect up to and including Sunday, March 8.
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