The decision comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency as the country steps up its fight against Covid-19.
Japan.- The Japan Racing Association (JRA) has confirmed that races will continue to take place during the Coronavirus outbreak, but behind closed doors and with no spectators present.
The decision was taken after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency as the country steps up its fight against the deadly virus.
In February, the Japan Racing Association banned spectators from all race meetings in the country.
It also temporarily stopped the sale of betting tickets and payouts on race days as well as on weekdays at JRA racecourses and betting facilities.
Bettors are being advised to place wagers via telephone or online banking.