Coronavirus: What sporting occasions are affected by the pandemic?


The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which as of September 14, has killed greater than 928,000 individuals globally, has affected sporting occasions internationally, based on knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
As the variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances worldwide has reached greater than 29.2 million, main sporting occasions have been cancelled or postponed.
The most vital one which was as a consequence of happen in Japan this summer season was the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
However, the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have postponed the occasion to subsequent yr, the place it would now happen from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
In South Korea, the soccer league season restarted on May Eight after a number of weeks of postponement, with reigning champions Jeonbuk Motors internet hosting Suwon Bluewings in an empty World Cup Stadium in Jeonju.
In Germany, the top-flight Bundesliga resumed its season on May 16 behind closed doorways after a two-month hiatus. 
The English Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, Spanish La Liga and Turkey’s Super Lig are set to renew in June after a near three-month suspension. 
The Major League Soccer (MLS) top-tier soccer league within the US has prolonged its postponement of matches within the nation till no less than June Eight as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

On April 12, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) introduced the postponement of the two-legged semi-finals of the African Champions League that have been alleged to happen in May.
“In light of growing concerns and evolving nature on COVID-19 (that has led to a) lockdown in most countries, the CAF Emergency Committee has decided to postpone the matches until further notice,” an announcement mentioned.
The CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Nations League Finals, which have been scheduled for June Four to June 7, have been suspended. The finals, as a consequence of be contested by Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States and held within the Houston and Dallas areas of Texas, can be rescheduled for a later date in venues to be decided.
Football in Russia has additionally been suspended. The Russian Football Union agreed to right away droop all competitions at a gathering on March 17.
The postponed Belgian Cup closing has been rescheduled for August 1. That is one week earlier than the beginning of the league’s subsequent season.
The African Nations Championship 2020  event scheduled for April in Cameroon has been postponed indefinitely, the African Football Federation mentioned in an announcement on March 17.
This yr’s Copa America has been postponed till 2021, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) mentioned on March 17. The 12-team event had initially been scheduled to happen from June 12 to July 12 in Colombia and Argentina.
The Euro 2020 event has been postponed till 2021, European soccer’s governing physique UEFA mentioned in an announcement on March 17. UEFA mentioned that the 24-team event, which was as a consequence of be staged in 12 nations throughout the continent from June 12 to July 12 this yr, would now happen from June 11 to July 11, 2021. 
On April 23, UEFA additionally postponed the Euro 2021 Women’s championship, and it’ll now be performed in England from July 6 to July 31, in the identical venues that have been initially proposed to host the occasion. 
The girls’s soccer league in England has been cancelled.

Europa League match between Inter Milan and Ludogorets was performed in an empty stadium in Milan, Italy [Emilio Andreoli/Reuters]

UEFA on April 1 suspended all Champions League and Europa League matches “until further notice”.
All nationwide group video games scheduled for June have additionally been postponed.
FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation have agreed to postpone the Asian World Cup qualifying matches in March and June.
New seasons within the Chinese and Japanese skilled leagues have been postponed.

Asian Champions League matches involving Chinese golf equipment Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG have been postponed. The begin of the knockout rounds has been moved again to September.
The Confederation of African Football has postponed two rounds of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for March 25-31.
An exhibition match between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been cancelled.
The remainder of the Dutch soccer league has been cancelled and main group Ajax is not going to be declared the champion.
The London Marathon, which was scheduled to happen on April 26, has been postponed till October 4.
The Boston Marathon, initially scheduled for April 20 and later postponed for 5 months, has been cancelled for the primary time in its 124-year historical past. 
Organisers mentioned on May 28, that they as a substitute will stage a “virtual event” during which contributors who confirm that they ran 26.2 miles on their very own will obtain their finisher’s medal.
Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona marathons have additionally been postponed. 
In Japan on March 1, the Tokyo Marathon, which often attracts 300,000 contributors, was restricted to solely 200 elite runners.

Combination images present how runners fill the road at the beginning of the Tokyo Marathon 2019 in Tokyo, Japan on this March 3, 2019, proper, and runners begin on the Tokyo Marathon 2020 in Tokyo, Japan on March 1, 2020 [Kyodo/via Reuters]

Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have concluded the Tokyo 2020 Olympics should be postponed.    
The resolution was made after holding out for weeks as native organisers and the IOC got here below rising stress from athletes, nationwide Olympic our bodies and sports activities federations.
The occasion will now happen from July 23 to August 8, 2021. 
The conventional Berlin athletics assembly, ISTAF, is not going to happen with out spectators later this yr if coronavirus restrictions stay in place, organisers have mentioned. The 79th version of the occasion is scheduled for September 13, however assembly director Martin Seeber mentioned he’s planning a possible cancellation and needs a choice by mid-June.
The World Athletics Championships scheduled to happen in Oregon in August 2021 have been pushed again to July 2022 to keep away from clashing with the rescheduled Olympic Games, the game’s governing physique mentioned on April 8. 
The Diamond League postponed its first 5 conferences of the 2020 season as a consequence of be held in April and May in Qatar, China, Stockholm, Naples and Rabat.
World Athletics mentioned in an announcement that it “approved the new dates this week after extensive discussions with the sport’s stakeholders.”
The World Athletics Indoor Championships, scheduled for Nanjing from March 13-15, have been postponed till subsequent yr.
The World Para Athletics European Championships scheduled to happen in Poland, from June 2-7, has been postponed to 2021. 
Formula One
Formula One plans to begin its season behind closed doorways in Austria from July 3-5, adopted by the British Grand Prix at Silverstone below related circumstances, however has but to publish a revised calendar.
The Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix, which was scheduled initially for August 2, can solely happen with out spectators, organisers mentioned.
The Dutch Grand Prix should wait yet one more yr to return to the Formula One circuit after organisers mentioned the race postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic is not going to happen in 2020.
The race – the fourth to be cancelled this yr – on the seaside circuit would have been the nation’s first since 1985.
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix scheduled for June 7 has been postponed. 
Formula One cancelled the season-opening Australian GP after a McLaren group member contracted the coronavirus. The race was scheduled to happen on March 15. 
The Bahrain Grand Prix and the Vietnam Grand Prix have been postponed. Those occasions have been first scheduled to happen on March 20-22 and April 3-5 respectively.

The Bahrain Grand Prix in Manama was as a consequence of be held with out followers earlier than organisers determined to postpone the race [File: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters]

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, which was scheduled to happen on April 19, was additionally postponed. 
The Monaco Grand Prix scheduled for May 21 was cancelled by the organisers on March 19. 
Formula One Canadian Grand Prix organisers introduced on April 7 that the race in Montreal that was alleged to kick off the 2020 World Championship calendar can be postponed till additional discover. 
The French Grand Prix scheduled for June 28 at Le Castellet has been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, organisers mentioned on April 27.
Three Formula One Grand Prix, in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan, have been scrapped this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, a Formula One assertion mentioned on June 12.
The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed till August 23 and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the primary time since 1946.
The French MotoGP initially scheduled for May 15-17 in Le Mans, was postponed due to the “ongoing coronavirus outbreak”, organisers introduced on April 2.
Japan is not going to have a MotoGP spherical for the primary time since 1986 after organisers cancelled the October 18 race at Motegi.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) mentioned 900 tournaments throughout all its circuits had been postponed and that it was furloughing half its workers.
The 2020 Wimbledon tennis championships have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club introduced on April 1.
It is the primary time the championships, as a consequence of happen between June 28 and July 11, have been referred to as off since World War II.
The skilled tennis tour – males’s and girls’s – has been suspended till August, with all clay-court tournaments in Europe cancelled. ATP and WTA rankings have been frozen till additional discover. 

Joint WTA/ @atptour Announcement: All ATP and WTA tournaments within the Spring clay court docket swing is not going to be held as scheduled. The skilled tennis season is now suspended via June 7, 2020 –>
— WTA (@WTA) March 18, 2020

The French Open has been postponed till September 20 – October 4, organisers mentioned on March 17. The clay-court main was initially scheduled to be performed from May 24-June 7.

There was additionally disappointment for tennis followers in California because the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells was cancelled.
Also cancelled have been the Xi’an Open, scheduled for April 13 to 19, and Kunming Open, pencilled for April 27 to May 3. Both occasions have been to happen in China.
The world boxing heavyweight title combat between Briton Anthony Joshua and the IBF’s obligatory challenger Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria initially scheduled for June 20 has been postponed, promoters mentioned.
The Tokyo Olympic boxing qualifiers for Asia and Oceania have been moved to Jordan from China.
However, the European, American and closing world qualifying boxing tournaments for the Olympic Games have been suspended, the International Olympic Committee mentioned.
Briton Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence towards Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev would most likely happen on the finish of the yr as a substitute of June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium in London as scheduled.

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Europe’s prime two membership basketball competitions have terminated the present season with out naming any winners as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, organisers EuroLeague Basketball mentioned on May 25. 
“Having explored every possible option, the Executive Board has made the decision to cancel the 2019-20 EuroLeague and EuroCup,” the organising physique mentioned on its official Twitter account.
The 2020-21 EuroLeague and EuroCup seasons will begin on October 1 and September 30 respectively, mentioned the assertion, which added that the identical 18 groups that contested this season’s EuroLeague would additionally compete within the subsequent marketing campaign.
“Without a doubt, this is the most difficult decision we have had to take in our 20-year history,” mentioned EuroLeague’s president and chief govt Jordi Bertomeu.
On May 19, the German basketball league (BBL) has been given permission by the regional Bavarian authorities to conclude its season   with a 10-team event in Munich’s Audi Dome within the first weekend of June.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) mentioned on March 11 that it was suspending the season till additional discover after a Utah Jazz participant examined optimistic for the virus. On June 26, the NBA introduced the season will restart on July 30.
The WNBA draft can be a digital occasion this yr. The girls’s league introduced that its draft will nonetheless be held on April 17 as initially scheduled, however with out gamers, followers or media in attendance as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) postponed the 2020 common season as coronavirus continues spreading quickly throughout the US and the world.
“As developments continue to emerge around the COVID-19 pandemic, including the extension of the social distancing guidelines in the United States through April 30, the WNBA will postpone the start of its training camps and the tip of the regular season originally scheduled for May 15,” the WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert mentioned in an announcement late Friday.
“While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees,” she added.

World Rugby’s governing physique introduced on May 15 it has postponed all check matches scheduled for July as a consequence of travel curbs and well being protocols applied to halt the unfold of the novel coronavirus.
It was too early to find out whether or not matches within the November window could be affected at this stage, it added, with a choice contingent on recommendation from governments and well being organisations.
In France, the nation’s rugby federation mentioned on March 13 that it was suspending all of its competitions as a result of outbreak.
At least three Six Nations matches have been postponed.
The girls’s Six Nations sport between Scotland and France was postponed after a Scottish participant examined optimistic for coronavirus.
The Singapore and Hong Kong legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series have been postponed from April to October.
The first England-Australia rugby league collection in 17 years has been canceled. England was to play Australia at Bolton on October 31, at Leeds on November 7, and for the primary time at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 14.
The opening two rounds of the season in Qatar, which have been scheduled for March 6-8, didn’t go forward. The Thailand race, as a consequence of be held on March 22, has been postponed.
April rounds in Texas and Argentina have been pushed again to November. 
The Spanish Grand Prix scheduled for May Three has additionally been postponed. It is the fifth MotoGP race to be cancelled or postponed as a result of coronavirus. 
Table tennis
The world championships in Busan, South Korea, have been pushed again provisionally from March to June. 
The April 21 to 26 World Tour Japan Open in Kitakyushu has been postponed.
On May 14, the PGA Tour mentioned testing for the novel coronavirus and day by day temperature checks can be a compulsory function of the return {of professional} golf within the US on June 11 with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. 
The Saudi Ladies International, the first girls’s skilled golf occasion to be staged in Saudi Arabia, has been rescheduled for October 8-11 after it was postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic, organisers have confirmed.
The 2020 Masters Tournament has been provisionally rescheduled for November 12-15, Augusta National Golf Club has mentioned.
The 149th Open Championship as a consequence of be performed at Royal St George’s from July 16-19 has been cancelled. “The R&A has decided to cancel The Open in 2020 due to the current Covid-19 pandemic,” the governing physique mentioned in an announcement, including that “the Championship will next be played at Royal St George’s in 2021”.

The KLPGA Championship on the Lakewood Country Club in Yangju, South Korea was held with out spectators [Lee Jin-man/AP]

The Trophee Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the Scandinavian Mixed event in Stockholm was cancelled and can now be performed in 2021.
The Honda LPGA Thailand occasion and the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore have been cancelled.
The Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur and the China Open have been postponed.
The Indian and China opens have each been postponed.
The Evian Masters girls’s golf event has been moved to August.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open introduced on March 30 that it might be postponed as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The European Tour confirmed that the occasion, scheduled for 28-31 May at Mount Juliet, has been postponed following “consultation with all stakeholders”.
The US Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston has been postponed from the tip of spring to mid-December.
The street biking European championships scheduled for September within the Italian province of Trentino have been postponed by a yr, the Union Europeenne de Cyclisme (UEC) mentioned on May 3.
The three-week Tour de France, scheduled for June 27, will now begin on August 29 and can end on September 20.
The Tour couldn’t begin as scheduled within the Riviera metropolis of Nice as a result of French President Emmanuel Macron cancelled all public occasions with giant crowds via mid-July in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Top one-day biking races Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege have been postponed, organisers mentioned on March 17. Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, which have been as a consequence of be held on April 12 and 26 respectively, are two of the 5 “Monument” races of the biking calendar with the Tour of Flanders, Milan-Sanremo and the Tour of Lombardy.
The Tour of Flanders and Milan-Sanremo have already been postponed. A brand new date has but to be set for the races.
The closing two levels of the UAE Tour have been cancelled after two Italian contributors examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
Four groups have pulled out of a number of biking races in Italy.
The Giro d’Italia begin on May 9 in Budapest has been postponed. A new begin date is not going to be decided till no less than April 3.
Meanwhile, British Cycling will furlough round a 3rd of its workers in April and May as a result of monetary affect of the pandemic. 
On April 13, the Turkish Cycling Federation introduced all biking competitions to be held in Turkey till June have been postponed.
All scheduled actions till June 6 are postponed to a later date due to the coronavirus pandemic. New racing calendar can be introduced later, the federation mentioned in an announcement.
The closing qualification event for the Olympics in Taiwan has been postponed from April to June.
South Korea’s skilled league reopened its new season on May 5 in empty stadiums after greater than a month-long delay.
Major League Baseball (MLB), the US’s skilled baseball league, suspended its “spring training”, a interval within the low season that options practices and exhibition video games that enable trainers to check new gamers on completely different groups.
The MLB additionally delayed its opening day, which was scheduled for March 26. 
MLB video games scheduled to be performed in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico, are cancelled. 


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) cancelled scheduled video games for each women and men on Thursday afternoon.
The NCAA organises all sports activities for athletes in college, an essential league that showcases younger expertise to recruiters for skilled sports activities within the US. 
The cancellation extends to all championships scheduled within the spring, together with hockey, baseball and lacrosse.
New Zealand’s check tour of Bangladesh, which was as a consequence of happen in August, has been postponed as a consequence of well being and security considerations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) mentioned on June 23. 
England’s two-match check collection in Sri Lanka, which has been postponed and rescheduled for January subsequent yr, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Ashley de Silva mentioned. England have been scheduled to play assessments in Galle and Colombo in March earlier than the coronavirus outbreak.
The males’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A, scheduled to start on March 16 in Malaysia, has been postponed.
The begin of the Indian Premier League T20 event (March 29) was postponed till April 15.
The Pakistan Cricket Board introduced that Pakistan Super League matches in Karachi can be performed with no spectators within the stadium.
England’s two-match check collection in Sri Lanka scheduled to begin on March 19 was postponed.
Australia’s proposed check tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed and each boards will work collectively to seek out new dates to reschedule the collection.
The International Judo Federation cancelled all Olympic qualification occasions via to the tip of April.
The Asian Championships, scheduled to happen in Uzbekistan from April 16 to 25, have been cancelled.

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Winter sports activities
The International Ski Federation cancelled the ultimate races of the boys’s Alpine snowboarding World Cup.
The World Cup finals in Cortina have been cancelled together with the final three girls’s races in Are.
The girls’s world ice hockey championships in Canada have been cancelled.
The Ice Hockey World Championship scheduled for Switzerland in May was cancelled.
The velocity skating world championships in Seoul have been postponed till no less than October.
The March 16-22 world determine skating championships in Montreal have been cancelled.
The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) has cancelled the rest of its season after quickly suspending its playoffs.
Australian Rules
The AFL sport between St Kilda Saints and Port Adelaide Power scheduled for May 31 in China has been moved to Melbourne.
The National Hockey League, based within the US however with groups from Canada, suspended its season indefinitely on March 12. On July 10, the league introduced it would restart the season beginning August 1. 
The Asian Olympic qualifying occasion from March 27-29 was moved from Xi’an, China to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
On February 29, Kyrgyzstan withdrew as host.
Horse racing 
The Dubai World Cup, one of many world’s richest horse races and a premier annual sporting occasion within the United Arab Emirates, scheduled for March 28, has been postponed to subsequent yr, Dubai’s authorities media workplace tweeted on March 22.
The 146th working of the Kentucky Derby has been moved to September 5. It would be the first time the world-renowned horse race is not going to run on the primary Saturday in May since 1945, when it was moved due to World World II.

Estimated income losses of varied sports activities [Alia Chughtai/Al Jazeera]

The closing qualification event in Taiwan for the Olympics was put again from April to June 17-21, whereas the March 22-26 qualification occasion in Arizona was postponed.
Japan’s skilled league postponed the beginning of the season.
Badminton’s Thomas and Uber Cup Finals being staged in Aarhus, Denmark, have been postponed from May 16-24 to August 15-23.
The biennial occasion options nationwide groups.
The 2021 badminton World Championships will move from its August slot and start in late November to keep away from a conflict with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics subsequent yr, the sport’s governing physique mentioned on May 1.
The event can be held from November 29 to December 5 within the Spanish metropolis of Huelva, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) mentioned in an announcement.
The Summer Grand Sumo Tournament has been postponed by two weeks from its scheduled May 10 begin as a consequence of considerations over the coronavirus, based on the Japan Sumo Association.
The annual 15-day event at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan is likely one of the six main sumo contests held in Japan yearly. The Tokyo event is now scheduled to begin on May 24, with the following competitors to be held in Aichi Prefecture additionally delayed for 2 weeks.
The postponed Paralympic Games will run from August 24-September 5, 2021.
All occasions initially scheduled for May, together with the Paracanoe World Championships, canoe dash Olympic qualifiers, and the ICF canoe dash World Cup have been cancelled.
Pre-Olympic canoe slalom coaching camps in Tokyo in May, June and July have all been cancelled.
The opening two ICF canoe slalom World Cups, set for June in Italy and France, have been postponed.
The quick course world championships, scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi, will now be staged from December 13-18, 2021, within the United Arab Emirates. 
The 2021 aquatics world championships in Fukuoka, Japan, will now be held from May 13-29, 2022, swimming’s governing physique FINA mentioned in an announcement on May 4.
Canada’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic swimming trials have been rescheduled for subsequent April, Swimming Canada mentioned.
The trials, initially set for March 30 to April 5 in Toronto, have been postponed on March 13 as a part of efforts to manage the unfold of the novel coronavirus. They have been rescheduled after the International Olympic Committee and Japan organisers postponed the 2020 Summer Games for one yr.
The meet can be held on the identical venue, the Toronto Pan Am Sports centre, however can be condensed right into a five-day program from the seven days initially deliberate.