The event was due to take place next week March 5 – 7 in Yas Island, in Abu Dhabi, where some cases have been reported in the last few days.
Although the Abu Dhabi authorities are working on measures for the safety of all the athletes, coaches and officials participating in the event, due to the new World Health Organization recommendations and the spread of the virus, ITU and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council have jointly agreed to postpone the event.
The organisers are hoping to reschedule the event later on in March or April.
Around 300 elite athletes and more than 2500 age group athletes were planned to race all the different WTS Abu Dhabi events next week. All participants will be immediately informed of the postponement, and will be advised of the new dates as soon as agreed.
This follows ITU’s decision to move the 2020 Chengdu ITU Mixed Relay Olympic Qualification Event to Valencia in Spain due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding the 2019-nCoV Coronavirus outbreak in China.