New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
said on Saturday that the country's biggest city will go into a
seven-day lockdown from Sunday after a new local case of the
coronavirus, of unknown origin, surfaced.
The opening race of the best-of-13 series between Luna Rossa
Prada Pirelli and America's Cup holders Emirates Team New
Zealand (ETNZ) is due to be held in the waters off Auckland on
"America's Cup is reviewing the situation and will be working
with the Authorities and relevant agencies over the next few
days to work through the implications," the organizers said in a
statement on Saturday.
The Challenger Series final this month was halted after two days
of racing when Auckland entered a three-day lockdown.
Luna Rossa, who held a 4-0 lead over INEOS Team UK at the time,
opposed pushing back the races until the restrictions in the
city were lifted.
Racing resumed later that week and the Italian team completed a
6-1 victory to lift the Prada Cup and book a showdown with ETNZ
in their bid to win the oldest trophy in international sport,
which began in 1851.
(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Alexander
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