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China to stop hosting international sports events in 2020

A general view of the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 14, 2019 (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

The Chinese government has said the country will not be hosting most of its planned international sports events this year, putting in doubt events including the Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai and WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

The move was announced in the plan for the resumption of sport in the country published by the General Administration of Sport on Thursday. It said a small number of events would be allowed to go ahead, including Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics test events "and other important events". It added, "in principle, no other international sports events will be held this year".

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