Rising number of Covid-19 cases may disrupt ARRC season opener

PETALING JAYA: The rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country could derail plans to hold the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) season opener at the Sepang Circuit in June.

Malaysia Motorcycle Racers Association (MMRA) president Shahrol Yuzy admitted he was worried over the current situation especially with the Hari Raya holidays just around the corner.

The number of new cases in Malaysia has risen from just under 1,000 to almost 3,000 new daily cases over the past 30 days.

“Yes, I am worried. Hari Raya is coming soon and I fear that we will go back to movement control order (MCO) and we will not be able to go anywhere, ” said Shahrol.

“We were quite relieved to have been able to run two rounds of the Petronas Malaysia Cub Prix Championship so far.

“But at the same time we also have the ARRC coming up in June when teams from all over Asia will be coming here (Sepang) to race.

“We have already received the green light from the Sports Ministry, Health Ministry, National Security Council and Sepang International Circuit, to organise it under a bubble concept.

“But I am scared that if the number of cases continues to rise in June, it will become a big problem for us, ” Shahrol added.

Sepang is scheduled to host back-to-back rounds of ARRC on June 4-6 (Round One) and June 11-13 (Round Two) with competing teams and officials set to be housed at nearby hotels in Sepang using a quarantine-based approach.

Shahrol urged all Malaysians to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) and do their part to help the country control the virus from spreading.

“I pray and I hope that all Malaysians, not only the motorsports community, will do their best to adhere to the SOPs in place.

“When you talk about the economy being affected by Covid-19, it is not just the shops who are affected.

“Motorcycle racers are also greatly affected as their income depends on the races happening. Without races, they earn nothing.”

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