Thailand hopes to hold its MotoGP race in late November after an eight-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Wednesday as they announced a bid to host until 2025.The kingdom’s third fixture on the premier motorbike racing calendar was slated for March 20-22, but the event was axed as the disease started spreading rapidly around the world. Officials have since gradually reopened the country’s borders to business travellers and medical tourists, with some restrictions. Organizers are now eyeing a rescheduled race for November 21-22, said deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Traisaranakul. “It depends on conditions like flights, the opening of airports and the readiness of the people” entering the country, she added. Thailand will also submit a bid to continue hosting MotoGP for five more years, with the government paying for half of the 50 million euro ($56 million) copyright, Traisuree said. The sleepy northeastern city of Buriram hosted its first MotoGP race in 2018. Besides attracting thousands of motorsport fans to Thailand, it brought in three billion baht ($96 million) each of the last two years it was held, according to official figures.Thailand has recorded around 3,100 COVID-19 cases since the start of the year — a low toll given it was the first country outside of China to detect the disease.This year’s virus-delayed MotoGP season will finally begin on July 19 at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Topics :
“It teaches us the art of time management and encourages us to eat right. Athletics also help us to cultivate the value of perseverance and give us unique opportunities to forge friendships across cultural and national boundaries,” the governor said.Speaking on the initiative of the Warri Peace Marathon, Okowa urged the youths and communities to live in peace and harmony.“Both in your conduct and speech consider it worthwhile to use whatever means necessary to draw attention to the ills of anti-social behaviour and the exigencies of peaceful co-existence and unity.“It is my sincere hope that in no distant time the Warri Peace Marathon will attract international recognition and draw global attention not just to the sporting talents that abound in Nigeria but to the tourism potentials that exist in our beloved Delta State,” concludes the governor.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, is set to flag off the Warri Peace Marathon billed for Saturday, May 28.The 10km race is first of its kind in Delta State and Okowa in a message to the participants and organisers, stressed the need for healthy living through exercise and perfect dieting.“Marathon races have become a growing part of the 21st century. The good thing about participating in sporting activities like this is that they help us stay in shape, instills discipline in us.