Japanese Grand Prix canceled due to Covid-19 pandemic

    A torch bearer runs with the Olympic flame on the Suzuka Circuit on April 7, 2021, as part of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay.

    (Reuters)The 2021 Japanese Formula One Grand Prix has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic for the second successive year, race organizers said on Wednesday.

    The cancellation of the race, scheduled for the weekend of October 8-10 at the Suzuka circuit, follows the abandonment of Singapore's October 1-3 night race.
    "Following ongoing discussions with the promoter and authorities in Japan, the decision has been taken by the Japanese government to cancel the race this season due to ongoing complexities of the pandemic in the country," Formula One said in a statement.
      "Formula One is now working on the details of the revised calendar and will announce the final details in the coming weeks."
        Japan recently hosted the Olympic Games in Tokyo without the presence of spectators, while the Paralympic competitions, scheduled from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5, will also be held without fans in attendance.