Back on February 26, New Japan Pro-Wrestling made the decision to cancel all of their shows until March 15 in light of recommendations from the Japanese Ministry Of Health.
Since then, the coronavirus outbreak has continued to worsen, with 111,562 cases having been reported around the world. Now, with new cases having been found in The Land Of The Rising Sun, New Japan has announced the remainder of the New Japan Cup has been cancelled.
Their next show will be Sakura Genesis on March 31 at the Ryoguku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
New Japan wrote on their website:
"After NJPW events between March 1 and 15 were cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, and acting under the recommendations laid out by a specialist government taskforce meeting on Tuesday March 10, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has arrived at the decision to cancel the five events remaining in the New Japan Cup tour between March 16 and 21.
"We apologise to fans who were looking forward to the remainder of the New Japan Cup. Ultimately, the health and safety of our fans, wrestlers and staff, as well as society at large is our utmost concern, and we will make announcements about events scheduled after March 22 upon careful monitoring of this developing situation.
"We will soon announce refund procedures for the affected events. Programs like the NJPW Together Project will see wrestlers and staff come together to bring the best possible content to fans while we eagerly await the opportunity to entertain live crowds once more."