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NW 200 chiefs still upbeat

North West 200 organisers have said this year's event is still going ahead, however they are monitoring developments around the coronavirus crisis.

Race week - billed as Northern Ireland's largest outdoor sporting event - takes place from May 10 to 16 at the Coleraine triangle circuit.

Around 100,000 people usually flock to the north coast for the motorcycle racing. In a statement, organisers said: "Following the outbreak of coronavirus in NI, the organisers of the 2020 fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils North West 200 have sought advice from the relevant government and public health officials.

"Dr Michael McBride, chief medical officer for NI, has advised that, at this particular time, evidence of benefit from cancelling outdoor sporting events in terms of impact is low.

"We will continue to seek advice and monitor the situation on an ongoing basis."

Belfast Telegraph