Home > Sport > Motorsport
Tuesday March 25, 2014 MYT 8:39:00 PM
Tuesday March 25, 2014 MYT 8:43:46 PM
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP): A concert to mark Malaysia’s Formula One Grand Prix weekend which was set to feature US star Christina Aguilera has been cancelled due to a passenger jet crash, its sponsor said on Tuesday.
State oil company Petronas, which sponsors the Mercedes F1 racing team and the annual concert, said it called off the show as “a sign of respect to the families and next-of-kin of the crew and passengers of flight MH370”.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced late on Monday that the Malaysia Airlines flight, which went missing on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard, had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.
The concert was to be held Friday and Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers and feature Aguilera, South Korean star Rain and R&B musician Craig Davis.
“It is truly a tragedy and we are deeply saddened about the crew and passengers of flight MH370,” said a statement by Petronas on the concert’s Facebook page.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who arrived in the Malaysian capital earlier, said on Twitter that “all my prayers go to friends & families of the passengers on # MH370”.
Malaysia will also host a EurAsia Cup golf tournament and the prestigious Laureus sports awards this week.
Laureaus World Sports Academy, which will honour last year’s top sports figures on Wednesday, said it would have a reduced programme because of the disaster.
Academy chairman Edwin Moses said a football friendly between past greats would be dedicated to those hit by the disaster.
Tags / Keywords:
Formula One, F1, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Christina Aguilera, Laureus, Malaysia, Petronas, Twin Towers, concert, Edwin Moses
F1 is dead? Protest banner provides a talking point
Jazeman among the points in Hungary Formula Renault race
Nabil on a hot streak in German F3 series
Zulfahmi scores two points at San Marino GP
Kobayashi returns for Monza
Another local rider to taste action at Malaysian GP
‘The Fish’ revels in wet San Marino GP practice
Title rivals relishing 'challenge' of radio silence
F1 wants teams to get the message on radio use
Ericsson looking to the long run
Ferrari chairman quits to leave Fiat's Marchionne in driving seat
San Siro to host 2016 Champions League final
Mid-autumn joy in Summerton
Arab Bank never backed Hamas, lawyer tells U.S. trial
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)