The most feared and dangerous Autosport activity in the world, recording over 206 casualties between 1907 and 2019 is the ISLE OF MAN TT which involves hyper motorcycles racing at top speeds.
The Isle of Man TT is a high-casualty motorsport and the most dangerous in the world
It's 2020 edition, meant to hold between 30th of May to 30th of June, has been canceled- not postponed - because of the Corona Virus breakout in the world. This is is not surprising as this same challenge has led to the abrupt cancellation of Auto shows and other events worldwide. It has also severely impacted auto manufacturing as well as forcing drivers in Nigeria and around the world to figure out how car owners and drivers deal with the COVID-19 scare.
Here is a video showing how fast the Isle of Man TT race can go...watching it alone will trigger your hormones!
Isle of Man TT race video
This lastest Coronavirus casualty in the Auto industry is one of the British affiliated small country, Isle of Man's greatest source of revenue. However, understandably, the Government's focus is on the safety and health of its residents and visitors because the TT race attracts a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world.
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In a statement with the Isle of Man Minister for Enterprise, Laurence Skelly, he said:
“The decision to cancel has not been taken lightly and all options including postponement and delaying the decision have been considered in detail. Representatives from the Isle of Man Government will now discuss the implications with all relevant businesses, stakeholders and individuals affected by this cancellation, which it recognizes will be significant."
He further remarked that the country wanted to afford businesses, stakeholders, and all visitors time to plan for and manage the effects of the development. The travel restrictions may be in effect for some time in the foreseeable future. The Minister pointed out that both the country and the sport were facing unique challenges in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. the decision would thus provide a level of certainty to stakeholders, competitors, teams, and sponsors of the Isle of Man TT world over.
Laurence Skelly ended:
‘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.”
At this point, we can only expect more cancelations as other Motorsports/Auto events take the cue pending the end of the COVID-19 situation in the world. Already the Nigerian automotive industry has begun to see the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.