The Isle of Man TT has been cancelled for the first time since 2001.
The world of motorsports seems to have gone upside down over the past few days due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. After multiple international motorsport championships faced setbacks due to races getting cancelled or postponed indefinitely, another event joins the list. This time, an official statement from the Isle of Man government confirms the cancellation of all the 2020 Isle of Man TT races. This year's championship was slated to run from 30th May till 13th June.
For those not aware, the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) is an annual motorcycle road racing championship that takes place on the Isle of Man island. It's considered to be one of the most prestigious and the most dangerous events of its kind. It's been running since 1907.
‘The decision to cancel has not been taken lightly and all options, including postponement and delaying the decision, have been considered in detail...with the visitor restriction in place for the foreseeable future, we wanted to make the decision now to give businesses, visitors and all involved stakeholders time to manage the impact going forward...the decision also aims to provide reassurance for our residents and healthcare professionals that the health and well-being of the Isle of Man’s residents is the single biggest priority and focus of this Government,’ said Laurence Skelley MHK, Minister for Enterprise, Isle of Man.