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Coronavirus: North West 200 postponed

 Riders taking part in one of the International North West 200 races last year. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

One of the biggest sporting events in Northern Ireland, the North West 200, has been postponed, organisers announced.

The road race was due to take place from May 10-16.

It has been postponed on the advice and guidance of Government and public health officials, representatives of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, and the sport’s governing body, organisers said.

“Today’s decision has been based upon the advice and guidance received. Our paramount desire is to act responsibly and do all we can to protect everyone from the threat posed by the virus,” organisers said.

“We enjoy the full support of loyal sponsors and stakeholders in making this decision but apologise for any inconvenience it has caused to them, our competitors, volunteers and race fans.”

The motorcycle race, one of Northern Ireland's largest sporting events, attracts international racers and tens of thousands of spectators to Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine every May.

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