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Coronavirus forces fanless Japan meetings

The Japan Racing Association has banned racegoers from attending meetings from tomorrow in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Cards are scheduled for Nakayama, Chukyo and Hanshin, while the same venues are also due to race on Sunday. However, a statement from the JRA read: “In measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Japan Racing Association has announced that the public will not be permitted to enter JRA racecourses from Saturday, Feb 29 until further notice. JRA races will be held without any spectators. In addition, there will be no sale of betting tickets and payout for winning tickets on racedays or payout on weekdays at all JRA racecourses and off-track betting facilities, including WINS, Park WINS and J-PLACE until further notice. During this time, the sale of betting tickets and payout for winning tickets will be held only via telephone or online betting.”