Despite the coronavirus outbreak that is happening, New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced all currently scheduled events will move forward as planned.
NJPW has come out with a statement regarding its events and revealed that there are currently no plans to cancel or postpone its upcoming shows, but do urge people who are attending those shows to take the necessary precautions. As of this writing, there are nearly 2,000 confirmed deaths as a result of the coronavirus, according to Worldometers.com.
The New Coronavirus (COVID-2019) has been a persistent worldwide news topic for some weeks, and understandably has many concerned. New Japan Pro-Wrestling holds the health, safety and comfort of fans, wrestlers and staff at live events as a top priority, and as such, after careful consideration, we have arrived at a policy for live events in the immediate future.
All currently scheduled live events will proceed as planned. In light of this decision, we invite attendees to take the following precautions at events:
–Be mindful of your physical condition before an event. If you have a fever, cough or cold symptoms or feel otherwise unwell, please stay home.
–Additional disinfectant alcohol sprays will be available for attendees to use at every venue. We invite every attendee to disinfect their hands on entering each venue.
–NJPW encourages attendees to wear surgical masks at live events where at all possible. Staff members may also be wearing masks. We also encourage fans to thoroughly wash their hands and gargle.
–Please leave the venue if you become unwell during an event. Be aware that staff may advise attendees to leave if they seem unwell.
–Meet and greets/autograph signings at events will be canceled until further notice. We appreciate your understanding.
–Refunds will be made available for tickets purchased to March events. While events will all proceed as planned, we appreciate fans’ concern, and would like to ask ticket holders not to attend if they feel at all unwell.
With the best interest of public safety at heart, additions, including attendee health checks, may be made to the above at a later date. Keep checking njpw1972.com for more details.
We appreciate your continued support of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
Pro Wrestling isn’t the only sport that’s at risk of being affected by the outbreak. In boxing, Top Rank postponed a WBC junior welterweight world title fight between Jose Ramirez and Viktor Postol because of safety and health concerns. That fight was supposed to take place in Haikou, China in early February and was going to be televised live on ESPN.
In the world of MMA, One Championship announced that it had to close its doors to the general public for its King of the Jungle event on February 28 in Singapore. The event is still planned to move forward, but those wanting to watch the card will do so by watching a broadcast of the event.