Indian MMA star Ritu Phogat’s second fight will now be held behind closed doors. Ritu was scheduled to fight Chiao Chen Wu at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 28th February.
The reason behind this decision was because of the Coronavirus outbreak in Singapore. CEO of ONE Championship Chatri Sityodtong took to social media to announce this news. He also revealed that fans who purchased the tickets will be getting refunds soon.
Here’s what Chatri wrote on his Facebook profile:
“In light of the coronavirus situation in Singapore, I have made the decision to convert ONE: King of the Jungle on February 28 into a closed event for broadcast only. The Singapore Indoor Stadium will not be open to the general public, but the event will proceed behind closed doors as scheduled live on all TV and digital platforms across 150+ countries around the world. If you purchased tickets to attend the event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, you will receive a full refund. Catch the event live on TV from the comfort of your home on February 28!
My team and I had the option to cancel the event altogether, but we chose not to cancel it. More than ever, the world needs hope and strength right now. Our heroes are prepared to inspire you with the greatest performances of their lives on February 28. We are here to give all of our fans around the world another magical night to celebrate the best of humanity. At ONE Championship, our mission since Day 1 has been to unleash real-life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dream s, and inspiration.
Let us unite as a country and let us show strength as a continent to conquer this coronavirus. Let us celebrate what makes us special, what makes us strong, what makes us human. A ship is not made to sit in the calm waters of a harbour. It is made to conquer the rough seas in search of new horizons. With love, compassion, and resilience, we will get through these tough times together. Majulah Singapura! Jiayou China! #WeAreONE”.
Coronavirus outbreak which started in Wuhan province in China now has affected the majority of the countries around the world. WHO has said that it is now a global pandemic.
Singapore, where the ONE Championship fight was supposed to take place, has also taken a major hit because of the outbreak. As per Economic Times, Singapore has downgraded its gross domestic product (GDP) forecast for 2020 to around 0.5 per cent.
Nonetheless, the fights will still take place and it is business as usual for the fighters.