Volcano flight chaos force Japan GP to postpone

18:31, April 19, 2010      

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Japanese MotoGP, origanally scheduled this Sunday, has been postponed to October 3 since the flight chaos after the volcanic eruption in Iceland, organizers said on Monday.

"Due to the Icelandic volcanic eruption causing flight cancellations by aviation operators, we have decided to postpone the MotoGP scheduled for this weekend," Hiroshi Oshima, president of Mobilityland Corporation, said in a statement.

The company is the Japanese operator of the TwinRing Motegi race circuit north of Tokyo.

"Although the situation is beyond our control, we sincerely apologize to fans who have been eagerly waiting for the world's top-level race," he said.

About 30 countries have closed or restricted their airspace due to plane safety fears, as a vast cloud of ash spewing from Iceland's Eyjafjoell volcano since last Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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