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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Auckland would be in isolation for seven days starting Sunday after a new local case of the coronavirus, of unknown origin, emerged; America’s Cup organizers will now review plans for a head-to-head final between Italy and New Zealand

By Reuters

Last Updated: 27/02/21 11:17


The Luna Rossa team from Italy celebrated after defeating the UK INEOS Team

America’s Cup organizers are reviewing plans for a head-to-head final between Italy and New Zealand following the latest COVID-19 lockdown in Auckland.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday that the country’s largest city would be under lockdown for seven days starting Sunday after a new local case of the coronavirus, of unknown origin, emerged, meaning America’s Cup Village would also be closed.

The opening race for the best-of-13 series between Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli and American Cup holders Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) will be held in waters off the coast of Auckland on March 6.

“The American Cup is reviewing the situation and will work closely with the Authorities and relevant bodies over the next few days to address the implications,” organizers said in a statement on Saturday.

This month’s Challenger Series finals were suspended after a two-day race when Auckland went into a three-day lockdown.

Luna Rossa, who was leading 4-0 over INEOS Team UK at the time, opposed to postponing racing until the city’s restrictions were lifted.

Racing resumed later that week and the Italian team completed a 6-1 win to lift the Prada Cup and booked a fight with ETNZ in their quest to win the oldest trophy in international sport, which began in 1851.

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