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Vietnam F1 Grand Prix gets go-ahead despite virus fears

first_img Read Also: UCL: Leipzig shot-stopper Gulacsi relishes Tottenham test The fee has been picked up in full by the country’s largest private conglomerate, VinGroup, which is hoping to dazzle with a night race on a street track. The commitment to hold the race will likely be welcomed by Formula One chiefs who are scrambling to fit the postponed Shanghai race into this season’s schedule. The Chinese GP, scheduled for April 19, last week joined the World Athletics Indoor Championships and European Tour and LPGA golf tournaments in being shelved because of the deadly outbreak. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Vietnam’s inaugural Formula One Grand Prix will take place in Hanoi in April as planned, organisers told AFP on Tuesday, avoiding the fate of the Chinese Grand Prix which was postponed over the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The virus, which has killed more than 1,800 people in China, has trashed Asia’s sporting calendar, forcing the postponement of top events including the Hong Kong Sevens rugby. Vietnam is preparing to stage its first Formula One race in Hanoi But Vietnamese authorities said the country’s inaugural F1 race would go ahead as “scheduled” on April 5, Le Ngoc Chi, CEO of Vietnam Grand Prix told AFP. That flies in the face of mounting fears over the spread of the virus from neighbouring China and the risk of transmission among the crowds expected to make the journey to the Vietnamese capital. “The time for the… F1 race will not be postponed or delayed,” Tran Trung Hieu, deputy director of Hanoi’s tourism department was quoted as saying by state media Tuesday. “Although this is a sports event, it has a very huge impact on Vietnam and Hanoi’s tourism,” he said, adding all measures will be taken to ensure safety. AFP reporters saw workers building stands at the racetrack as construction continued this week. Last week, Vietnam became the only country outside of China to enforce a mass quarantine of a community to contain a cluster of virus cases. Checkpoints have been set up around the six villages that make up Son Loi, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) outside Hanoi after six people were detected with the virus there. Vietnam, which shares a porous border with China, has 16 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including those in Son Loi. Promoted Content8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Loading… It banned all flights to and from mainland China in a bid to stop the virus from spreading. It also suspended new tourist visas for Chinese nationals or foreigners who had been in China over the past two weeks. The communist country will get its first taste of the glitz and glamour of Formula One with the Hanoi race, as the sport attempts to reach new markets in Southeast Asia. Hanoi has bet big on the event’s popularity, signing a 10-year, multi-million-dollar deal with Formula One last year which state media said would cost Vietnam $60 million per year.last_img read more

Badgers pick up second victory in blowout of Chattanooga

first_imgFor the second time in three days, the No. 3 Wisconsin men’s basketball team has a 30-point victory under their belts.After the Badgers took down Northern Kentucky 62-31 Friday night, UW (2-0) followed that up by blowing out Chattanooga (1-1) Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center 89-45.Preseason First Team All-Big Ten selection Sam Dekker led the way for the Badgers scoring a game-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists. The Big Ten’s preseason Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky added 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to pick up his second double-double in as many games. Traevon Jackson (16) and Nigel Hayes (15) followed after Dekker and Kaminsky in the scoring column for UW.Hayes continued to show prowess on the glass, adding 13 rebounds to pick up his first double-double of the season. He also knocked down his much-anticipated first career three-pointer in the first half.The Badgers jumped out to an early lead on the Mocs scoring the first eight points of the game en route to a 20-4 advantage a little more than five minutes into the contest. UW shot 58.1 percent (18-for-31) from the floor including 54.5 percent (6-for-11) from beyond the arc and took a 52-21 lead into halftime.Four Wisconsin players hit double figures in the first half with Sam Dekker leading the way with 13 points. Hayes finished the first half with a double-double, going for 10 points and 10 rebounds. UW outrebounded the Mocs 26-8 and held them to only 28.6 percent shooting in the first half as well. Wisconsin ended up outrebounding Chattanooga 49-21 over the course of the game.“Wisconsin’s a great team. I really like their team,” Chattanooga head coach Will Wade said. “They did a phenomenal job. We’re a team that relies a lot on offensive rebounding and obviously you’re not going to get a lot of those when you play Wisconsin.”It was much of the same in the second half as the Badgers dominated the Mocs on the glass and offensively, outscoring Chattanooga 37-24. The Mocs finished the game shooting only 32.1 percent (18-for-56) and just 27.3 percent (6-for-22) from three. After shooting just 23.5 percent from three in their opening game against Northern Kentucky, UW bounced back and shot 44.4 percent (8-for-18) from beyond the arc Sunday.“That’s 24 points on 18 shots. That’s what you want,” Ryan said.Chattanooga is well-known for their up-tempo offense and “chaos” defense that forces turnovers which leads to fast break points. The Mocs scored 110 points in their first game of the season but the Wisconsin defense held them to no fast break points Sunday as they committed just nine turnovers, largely taking Chattanooga out of their preferred style of play.“They can create some chaos and that’s what they advertise,” Ryan said. “I thought our guys stayed really solid. We had three turnovers there in the last couple of minutes which we shouldn’t of had. But other than that, for about 36 minutes, 37 minutes, I thought we did a real good job of getting looks that we wanted.”“You can’t run it against Wisconsin,” Wade said of his offense. “They would’ve scored 130 points on us if we would’ve run it against them, so we had to back off of it.”Sophomore forward Vitto Brown once again came off the bench and provided valuable minutes in the absence of fellow forward Duje Dukan. Brown finished the day with six points and was third on the team with nine rebounds. In two games so far this season, Brown has played 34 minutes and contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds.“I just want to come in and make a positive impact on the game,” Brown said. “I think getting offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds allows our team to have more opportunities to score.”“It’s real simple in the way we play. Play defense and rebound and take your scoring opportunities when they come,” Ryan said of Brown. “So he’s done that in his first two games but we’ll play against bigger teams where some of our bigs will be challenged more inside. But he’s brought great energy off the bench.”Wisconsin will continue their four-game home stretch to open up the season when they take on Green Bay Wednesday night at the Kohl Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.last_img read more