Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the epidemic?

As the virus spreads around the world, sports organizations are canceling or postponing events.

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, which killed more than 402,000 people as of June 8, has affected sports events around the world.

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has increased from the previous seven million, the main events of the game have been canceled or postponed.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is the most important event to be held in Japan this summer.

However, the International Olympic Committee and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe postponed the event to next year, where it will be from July 23 to August 8, 2021.


In South Korea, the Football League season resumes after several weeks of postponement on May 8, when Ziong Motors hosting champion Zombak Motors hosts Suwon Bluewings at the empty World Cup Stadium in Gyeongju.

In Germany, the Bundesliga resumes their season on May 16 behind closed doors after a two-month hiatus.

The English Premier League and Italy's Serie A will reopen in June after a three-month suspension, officials said on May 28.

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Major League Soccer (MLS) top-tier football league in the United States has postponed matches to at least June 8.

On April 12, the African Football Association (CAF) announced the postponement of the two-legged semi-finals of the African Champions League to be held in May.

"In view of the growing concerns and natural development over the COVID-19 that has led to the lockout in many countries, the CAF Emergency Committee has decided to postpone the matches until further notice," a statement said. Mentioned in the.

CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Nations League final suspended from June 4 to 7. The finals will be contested by Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States and will take place in Houston and Dallas, Texas, with scheduled locations scheduled for a later date.

Football has also been discontinued in Russia. The Russian Football Association has agreed to immediately postpone all matches at its March 17 meeting.

The Belgian Cup Final which was postponed to August 1 has been re-released. One week before the start of the league's next season.

The African Football Federation said in a statement on March 17 that the African Nations Championship 2020 tournament in Cameroon has been postponed indefinitely.

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on March 17 that this year Copa America will postpone until 2021. The 12-team tournament was originally scheduled for June 12 to July 12 in Colombia and Argentina.

The European Football governing body UEFA said in a statement on March 17 that the Euro 2020 tournament has been postponed until 2021. The 24-team tournament will be held from June 12 to July 12 in 12 countries across the continent, the UEFA said. This year, it will now be from June 11 to July 11, 2021.

On April 23, the UEFA also postponed the Euro 2021 Women's Championship, which will now be played in England from July 6 to July 31, and is set to host the event.

Women's Football League in England canceled

On April 1, UEFA suspended all Champions League and Europa League matches "until further notice".

All national team games scheduled for June have also been postponed.

FIFA and the Asian Football Federation have agreed to postpone the Asia World Cup qualifiers in March and June.

New seasons in Chinese and Japanese professional leagues have been postponed.

Chinese Champions League matches include Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shanhua, and Shanghai SIPG. The start of the knockout round was back in September.

Confederation of African Football has postponed two rounds of the 2021 Africa Cup of Country Qualifiers from March 25–31.

The exhibition match between Mexico and Columbia was canceled on May 30 in Denver.

The rest of the Dutch Football League matches have been canceled and the leading team, Ajax, will not be declared champions.

The London Marathon, scheduled for April 26, has been postponed until October 4.

The Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20 and then postponed for five months, was canceled for the first time in its 124-year history.

Organizers will receive their finisher's medal on May 28, confirming that they will instead host a "virtual event" and participants will run 26.2 miles by themselves.

Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona marathons have also been postponed.

On March 1 in Japan, the Tokyo Marathon, which draws 300,000 participants, is limited to 200 elite runners.

Olympic sports

International Olympic Committee and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have postponed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The decision came after local administrators and IOC athletes, national Olympic organizations, and sports federations came under pressure.

The event will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.


Organizers said the traditional Berlin Athletics Meet, the ISAF, would not take place without spectators by the end of this year if the coronavirus ban is in effect. The 79th edition of the event is scheduled for Sept. 13, but conference director Martin Seiber said he was planning to cancel and would seek a decision by mid-June.

The World Athletics Championship, scheduled for August 2021 in Oregon, will be pushed back in July 2022, the Sports Board said on April 8.

The first five meetings of the Diamond League 2020 season will be held in April and May in Qatar, China, Stockholm, Naples and Rabat.

World Athletics said in a statement that "the new dates were approved this week after extensive discussions with sports stakeholders."

The World Athletics Indoor Championship, scheduled for March 13-15 in Nanjing, has been postponed to next year.

The World Para Athletics European Championships in Poland from June 2–7 have been postponed until 2021.

Formula One

Formula One plans to launch behind closed doors in Austria from July 3-5, followed by the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, but the revised calendar has not yet been published.

In fact, the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix, to be held on August 2, will be held only without spectators, organizers said.

Since the postponement race due to the coronavirus pandemic will not take place in 2020, the Dutch Grand Prix will have to wait another year to return to the Formula One circuit.

The race - the fourth to be canceled this year - was the nation’s first on the seaside circuit since 1985.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix, scheduled for June 7, has been postponed.

The Australian GP has canceled Formula One season after McLaren's contract with teammate Coronavirus. The race is scheduled for March 15.

The Bahrain Grand Prix and the Vietnam Grand Prix have been postponed. The events are scheduled for March 20–22 and April 3–5, respectively.

The Chinese Grand Prix has also been postponed in Shanghai on April 19.

The organizers canceled the Monaco Grand Prix, scheduled for May 21, on March 19.

Formula One Canadian Grand Prix organizers announced on April 7 that the race for the launch of the 2020 World Championship calendar in Montreal has been postponed until further notice.

The organizers said the French Grand Prix at Le Cloulette on April 27 was canceled.


The Indianapolis 500, scheduled for May 24, has been postponed until August 23, and will not run for the first time since 1946 on Memorial Day weekend.

French MotoGP, initially scheduled for May 15-17 at Let’s Mans, has been postponed due to “ongoing coronavirus outbreaks,” organizers announced on April 2.

This is not the first time MotoGP has been in Japan since 1986 after the cancellation of the organizers at Moggi on October 18.


The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has said that over 900 tournaments on its circuits have been postponed, which has halved its staff.

The All England Club announced on April 1 that the 2020 Wimbledon Tennis Championship was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first time that the championship between June 28 and July 11 has been suspended after World War II.

Professional Tennis Tour - Men and women are suspended until June 7, with all clay-court tournaments in Europe canceled. The ATP and WTA rankings will freeze until further notice.

On March 17, organizers said the French Open was postponed from September 20 to October 4. The Clay-Court Chief is due to play from May 24 to June 7.

Tennis fans in California have also been disappointed with the cancellation of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

It has also been canceled that the Zion Open is scheduled for April 13 to 19, and the Kunming Open scheduled for April 27 to May 3. Two events are to take place in China.


Promoters have announced that the match between British boxer Anthony Joshua and Bulgaria's IBF custody challenger Kubrat Pulev in the World Boxing Heavyweight Title match has been postponed to June 20.

Tokyo Olympic boxing qualifiers for Asia and Oceania have moved from China to Jordan.

However, the International Olympic Committee has said that the European, American and late World Qualifying Boxing Tournaments have been suspended for the Olympic Games.

Bretton Anthony Joshua defends the World Heavyweight Title against Bulgarian Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev instead of June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.


Europe's top two club basketball tournaments have ended the current season without a winner due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers Uraliag Basketball said on May 25.

The organizing board said on its official Twitter account, "After exploring every possible option, the executive board has decided to cancel 2019-20 Euroleague and Eurocup."

The 2020-21 Ural League and EuroCup season will begin on October 1 and September 30, respectively, with the same 18 teams battling this season's Ural League, according to a statement.

"Without a doubt, this is the hardest decision we have made in our 20-year history," said Euro dog President and Chief Executive Judi Bertomeev.

On May 19, the regional Bavarian government allowed the German Basketball League (BBL) to end its season with a 10-team tournament at the Audi Dome in Munich on the first weekend of June.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) said it was suspended for the season after it tested positive for the Utah Jazz Player virus on March 11.

The WNBA Draft will be a virtual event this year. The Women's League announced its draft is scheduled for April 17, but without the presence of players, fans or the media due to the coronavirus epidemic.

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) has postponed the 2020 regular season due to the rapid spread of coronaviruses in the US and worldwide.

“As development continues around the COVID-19 pandemic, including the expansion of the Social Distance Guidelines in the United States until April 30, the WNBA is postponing its training camps and the regular-season tip is scheduled for May 15,” WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert said in a statement late Friday night.

"While the league is using this time to landscape-plan about new start dates and new formats, our guiding principle is to protect the health and safety of players, fans, and staff," he said.


World Rugby's governing body announced on May 15 that it had postponed all test matches scheduled for July due to health protocols implemented to prevent the spread of travel points and novel coronaviruses.

At this stage, it is too early to determine if the November window matches will be affected and on the advice of government and health agencies.

In France, the country's rugby federation said on March 13 that it was suspending all its matches due to outbreaks.

At least three Six Nations matches have been postponed.

The Women's Six Nations game between Scotland and France has been postponed after testing positive for Scottish players and coronaviruses.

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 series has been canceled in 17 years. England will play Australia at Bolton on 31 October, Leeds on 7 November, and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 14 November.


The opening two rounds of the season have not progressed to Qatar, which is scheduled for March 6-8. The Thailand race to be held on March 22 has been postponed.

The April rounds were pushed back to November in Texas and Argentina.

The Spanish Grand Prix to be held on May 3 has also been postponed. This is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed due to a coronavirus.

Table tennis

The World Championships in Busan, South Korea, were temporarily withdrawn from March to June.

The World Tour Japan Open is scheduled for April 21-26 in Kitakyushu.


On May 14, the PGA Tour announced the return of professional golf with the Charles Schwab Challenge on June 11 in Fort Worth, Texas, as a must-have feature for novel coronaviruses and daily temperature checks.

Saudi Ladies International, the first women's professional golf competition in Saudi Arabia, is scheduled for October 8–11 because it was postponed due to a coronavirus pandemic, organizers confirmed.

Augusta National Golf Club has announced that the Master's Tournament has been temporarily re-scheduled for November 12-15.

The 149th Open Championship at Royal St George's is canceled from July 16-19. "The RANDA has decided to cancel the Open in 2020 due to the current Kovid-19 pandemic," the governing body said in a statement, adding that the Championship would be played at Royal St George's in 2021.

Trophy Hassan II in Morocco has been postponed from June 4-7 and the Scandinavian mixed tournament in Stockholm has been canceled and will now be played in 2021.

Honda LPGA Thailand event in Singapore and HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore canceled

The Maybank Championships at the Kuala Lumpur and China Open have been postponed.

Indian and Chinese startups have been postponed.

The Avian Master's women's golf tournament moved to August.

The Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open was announced on March 30 due to a coronavirus pandemic. The European Tour has confirmed that its schedule at Mount Juliet from May 28–31 has been postponed “after consultation with all stakeholders”.

The US Women's Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston has been postponed from late spring to mid-December.


The Road Cycling European Championships, scheduled to take place in the Italian province of Trentino in September, has been postponed for the year, the Central Europen de Cyclist (UEC) said on May 3.

The three-week Tour de France, now scheduled for June 27, begins on August 29 and ends on September 20.

The tour did not begin as scheduled in the city of Riviera Nice, as French President Emmanuel Macron canceled all public events in mid-July.

Organizers said on March 17 that the Paris-Roubaix and leg-Bastogne-leg top-one bicycle races had been postponed. Paris-Roubaix and Lez-Bastogne-Liege are scheduled for April 12 and 26, respectively. Five "monumental" races with the Cycle of Flanders, Milan-Sanremo, and Lombardi tours.

The Tour of Flanders and Milan-Sanremo has already been postponed. The new date for the race has not yet been determined.

The last two phases of the UAE Tour were canceled as two Italian participants tested positive for coronavirus.

Four teams withdrew in several bicycle races in Italy.

Giro d'Italia has been postponed from Budapest to May 9. The new start date will not be set until at least April 3.

Meanwhile, due to the economic impact of the epidemic, British cycling will expand by a third in April and May.

On April 13, the Turkish Cycling Federation announced that all cycling events in Turkey were postponed until June.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all scheduled activities will be postponed until June 6. The new racing calendar will be announced later, the federation said in a statement.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) canceled scheduled games for both men and women Thursday afternoon.

The NCAA hosts all sports for athletes at the University, an important league that showcases young talent recruited for professional sports in the US.

The cancellation extends to all championships in the spring schedule, including hockey, baseball, and lacrosse.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Ashley De Silva said the England two-match Test series in Sri Lanka was postponed to January next year. Tests were to be played in England, Gaul, and Colombo in March before the coronavirus spread.

League One of the Men's Cricket World Cup Challenge starting on March 16 in Malaysia has been postponed.

The opening of the Indian Premier League T20 Tournament (March 29) has been postponed till April 15.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced that Pakistan Super League matches in Karachi will not be played with the crowd at the stadium.

The two-match Test series has been postponed by England in Sri Lanka starting on March 19.

The proposed Bangladesh Test tour has been postponed to June and the two boards will work together to find new dates to resume the series.

The International Judo Federation canceled all Olympic eligibility events by the end of April.

Weight lifting
The Asian Championship in Uzbekistan has been canceled from April 16 to 25.

Winter sports
The final race of the Men's Alpine Skiing World Cup was canceled by the International Ski Federation.

The World Cup final in Cortina was canceled with three women's races.

Women's World Ice Hockey Championship in Canada canceled

The World Championship of Ice Hockey in Switzerland was canceled in May.

The Speed ​​Skating World Championship in Seoul has been postponed until at least October.

The figure skating championship was canceled in Montreal on March 16–22.

The Copanchal Hockey League (KHL) canceled the rest of the season after suspending its playoffs.

Australia rules
The AFL game between St Kilda Saints and Port Adelaide Power, to be held in China on May 31, has moved to Melbourne.


The National Hockey League, predominantly in the US, but with teams from Canada, canceled their season indefinitely on March 12.


On March 27-29, the Asian Olympic eligibility event was shifted from China to Zion, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

On February 29, Kyrgyzstan withdrew as host.

Horse racing

The Dubai World Cup, one of the world's richest horses and the main annual sporting event in the United Arab Emirates on March 28, has been postponed to next year, the Dubai government's media office tweeted on March 22.

The 146th race of the Kentucky Derby is set for Sept. 5. Due to World War II, the world-famous horse race has not been held on the first Saturday of May.


The final qualifying tournament for the Olympics in Taiwan was from April 17–21, with the qualifying competition in Arizona, postponed to March 22–26.

The Japan Professional League has postponed the start of this season.

The Badminton Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark, were postponed from May 16-24 to August 15-23.

The biennial event includes national teams.

The 2021 Badminton World Championships are reaching its August slot and will begin in late November to avoid a clash with next year's Tokyo Olympics, the sports governing body said on May 1.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said in a statement that the tournament will be held from November 29 to December 5 in the Spanish city of Huelva.


According to the Japan Sumo Association, the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, which began on May 10, has been postponed for two weeks due to concerns over coronavirus.

The annual 15-day tournament at Ryogoku Kokuzikan, Tokyo, is one of six major sumo competitions held in Japan each year. The Tokyo Tournament will now begin on May 24, with the next competition in Achi Prefecture also delayed by two weeks.

The deferred Paralympic Games will run from August 24 to September 5, 2021.


All events scheduled for May, including the Paraceno World Championship, the Canoe Sprint Olympic Qualifier, and the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup, were canceled.

Pre-Olympic Canoe Slalom Training Camps were canceled in May, June, and July in Tokyo.

The two ICF Canoe Slalom World Cups have been postponed to June in Italy and France.


The Short Course World Championships, which will be held in Abu Dhabi in December, will now be held in the United Arab Emirates from December 13-18, 2021.

The 2021 Aquatic Science World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, will now take place from May 13-29, 2022, FINA's governing body Fina said in a statement on May 4.

Swimming Canada said the Canadian-based Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Swimming Trials will resume next April.

Trials imposed in Toronto from March 30 to April 5 were originally postponed to March 13 as part of efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus novel. The International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers have rescheduled the 2020 Summer Games after a year.

The event will be held at the same venue at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Center but will include a five-day event in the first seven days.

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