X Games postpones Chongli, China event due to coronavirus concerns
On the heels of X Games Aspen 2020, ESPN announced on Monday that X Games Chongli 2020 in China will be postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus concerns.
In the statement, ESPN wrote “the safety of our athletes, staff and spectators is our top priority, and we will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
ESPN did not specify a date for reschedule, only saying it will be “at a later date.” X Games Chongli was scheduled for Feb. 21-23 at the Secret Garden ski resort in the Chongli district within the city of Zhangjiakou, which is in northeast China northwest of Beijing.
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