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Singapore Grand Prix to go ahead despite smog doubts

Published 09/15/2015, 2:55 PM EDT

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The three-day event at Marina Bay Street Circuit scheduled to start on Friday was in doubt, as the island state is currently affected by haze due to large-scale burning of forests in Indonesia. Flights in the region were cancelled due to ‘unhealthy air-quality.’

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However, organisers of the Singapore Grand Prix informed that they are not planning to change this weekend’s schedule despite rising fears about the haze which has descended upon the region.

In a statement released late on Tuesday, race organisers said “Based on the current PSI levels, there are no plans to amend the published racing and entertainment programme.

“The haze situation is highly changeable not only from day to day, but from hour to hour. Therefore, it is currently not possible to reliably predict what the PSI level might be over the race weekend.”

Other events in the city have already been affected, with SingTel’s ‘Race Against Cancer’ which included distances of 10km and 15km respectively, were cancelled on Sunday. Neighboring country Malaysia has also been impacted with many flights delayed and some even cancelled.

The statement added: “In order for our patrons to make informed decisions on the haze situation, the PSI reading and relevant health advisory will be displayed on the Singapore GP official website, official Singapore GP mobile app, the giant screens between races and broadcast on the in-circuit radio system.

“The government health advisory will also be posted at all circuit park entrances.

“N95 masks will be available for patrons throughout the circuit park at cost price.

“All of our 24 medical and first aid posts have been placed on standby to handle any possible haze-related conditions.”

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