OLYMPIC GAMES 2020
The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.
Large crowds assaulted Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta on Friday, despite repeated warnings from spectators not to attend because of the coronavirus.
This forced the Greek Olympic Committee’s decision to stop the torch relay on Greek soil only on the second day of its eight-day trip.
The Olympic flame will still be handed over to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday, but without fans. It is the only time for the third time that a relay to Athens for the Summer Games has not been completed.
The scale of the epidemic in Japan has seen Dick Pound, senior member of the International Olympic Committee, describe the disease as “ the new war ” threatening Tokyo 2020 and warned that the Games may have to be canceled if the virus were to still there by May.
Olympic organizers told athletes to train normally without cancellation decision
The Japanese government then insisted that Pound’s comments were not the official position of the IOC, but there are still doubts about the possibility of the summer showcase continuing its health concerns.
Athletes have been asked to continue training, and the plan remains to host the Games in Japan as planned, but training for approximately 80,000 volunteers has been delayed by at least two months – scheduled to start on the 22nd. February.
Friday March 13; President Donald Trump’s suggestion to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year due to the spread of the coronavirus was immediately shot down by the Japanese Olympic Minister.
“The IOC and the organizing committee have no plans to cancel or postpone – absolutely not at all,” said Seiko Hashimoto, Olympic bronze medalist, at a press conference in Tokyo.
Tuesday, March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of the vice-presidents of the Japanese Olympic Committee and president of the Japanese Football Association, tested positive for coronavirus.
The International Olympic Committee and the organizers of Tokyo have remained on the message since the viral epidemic in China three months ago spread through Asia and then the world: the games will open as planned on July 24 .
The indoor world athletics championships (March 13-15 in Nanjing) are open until 2021.
The Indoor World Championships in Nanjing, China have been postponed due to concerns about the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread
North Korea canceled the Pyongyang marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lock due to the level of the epidemic in South Korea.
The Seoul Marathon is canceled in order to protect runners following the mass epidemic in South Korea.
The Paris half-marathon is canceled and the French government has also decided to ban all public indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people.
The London Marathon, which was scheduled to take place on April 26, has been postponed to October 4. More than 40,000 people were expected to participate in the event.
The race bringing together some 44,000 competitors was scheduled for Sunday March 1 in the French capital. The organizers have declared that the race will be postponed to a date yet to be determined.
The Barcelona marathon, scheduled for March 15, has been postponed to October to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Barcelona city hall said in a statement.
A qualifying event for the mixed relay Olympic triathlon, scheduled for Chengdu, China, in May is moved to Valencia, pending an epidemic in Spain.
The German Open (March 3-8), the Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and the Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, are canceled due to “strict health protection”.
The Olympic boxing qualifications to be held in Wuhan have been canceled by the International Olympic Committee and are now being relocated to Amman from March 3 to 11.
The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 has been postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy following the epidemic.
The Japanese boxing commission has canceled all combat cards scheduled for March on the government’s advice to suspend all pending sports matches. They will not be reprogrammed.
Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce’s Battle of Britain postponed from April 11 to July 11
The British Boxing Board of Control announced Tuesday March 17 that all boxing events under its jurisdiction for March will be postponed due to the coronavirus.
The move postponed the heavyweight showdown between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce. This fight, which had been drawn in pencil on April 11, was postponed to July 11 at the O2 Arena.
Matchroom Boxing has also postponed all events scheduled for March and April, including Josh Kelly’s European title fight against Russian David Avanesyan (scheduled for March 28).
Game room chief Eddie Hearn said Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defense against Kubrat Pulev, scheduled for June 20, could be reorganized for July.
England’s tour of Sri Lanka was postponed on Friday March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the England and Wales Cricket Board citing “ unprecedented times ”.
The decision was confirmed while Joe Root’s team were on the field at P Sara Oval of Colombo, contesting a preparation game for a series of two tests that was about to be struck off by the makers at Lord’s.
The start of the Indian Premier League season has also been delayed until April 15. The 2020 campaign was scheduled to start on March 29.
Friday, March 13, India’s one-day international series against South Africa was postponed, while Australia’s one-day international series against New Zealand will be played behind closed doors.
Scotland’s one-day series against the United States and the United Arab Emirates has been postponed. The matches were slated to take place in Florida in April.
The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been canceled, with the race scheduled to start in Hungary in May.
Danish cyclist Michael Morkov has been allowed to participate in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships after being isolated due to fears of a coronavirus epidemic.
Morkov, 34, traveled to Berlin in February after competing in the first four stages of the UAE Tour, the last two stages of which were later canceled after two members of the race staff were suspected of having disease.
Riders and staff of the UAE Tour have been stranded ever since, but after the Abu Dhabi health ministry issued a statement on Saturday saying that 167 tests had returned negative, the UCI said Morkov was free to run as d habit.
Danish cyclist Michael Morkov tested for coronavirus after being placed in isolation
The Tour de France is threatened with cancellation, the departure scheduled for Nice taking place in just over three months, on June 27. With the British and French governments predicting that the pandemic will last until the summer, the race organizers are studying alternative timetables.
This summer’s EURO 2020 tournament has been moved to next summer (2021) following a UEFA conference on Tuesday 17 March. The postponement allows the European leagues to end.
High-level English and Scottish football has been suspended until April 3 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced Friday, March 13.
The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, the FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship have all agreed to suspend competitive action with immediate effect.
A joint statement by the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Professional Football League confirmed the suspension of all football north of the border until further notice.
Suspension decisions follow players and staff affected by the virus, or individuals self-isolating as a precaution after reporting symptoms compatible with Covid-19.
Premier League decides to cancel games after Coronavius’ global outbreak
The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been postponed as a “ precautionary measure ” after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus from weeks after watching his Greek team play at the Emirates Stadium.
On Friday 13 March, UEFA announced that all of the Champions League and Europa League matches scheduled for next week have been postponed, as well as the quarterfinal draws for the two competitions.
All national matches at all levels are postponed by the Chinese Football Association as the season is postponed due to the scale of the epidemic in China.
The Asian Champions League matches involving Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed until April.
The start of the Korean K-League season has been postponed. The four AFC Champions League teams play their matches behind closed doors.
The Japanese J-League postponed all national games until mid-March.
Inter Milan’s match against Sampdoria was one of four Serie A matches canceled on the weekend of February 22-23 due to the affected regions in Italy, which led the Prime Minister to cancel the sporting events .
Inter Milan’s first leg match in the knockout stages of the Europa League with Getafe was also postponed on March 11, while the flight from Roma to Spain to face Seville was prohibited from landing before being postponed, Italy being blocked.
Coppa Italia’s match between Naples and Inter Milan on March 5 was canceled, but it has been postponed indefinitely. It was the 12th game to be postponed since the start of the crisis and the third involving Inter.
Ludogorets players did not take a chance after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy
An update from Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora later confirmed that all of the Serie A matches for the weekend starting March 7 and 8 will be played behind closed doors. And with the country locked, it was later announced that all sports, including Serie A matches, would be suspended until April 3 at least to contain the virus.
In France, it was announced Friday, March 13, that there would be no high-level football in France immediately after their governing body postponed all matches in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Spain, the Copa del Rey final of April 18 between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed.
MLS was suspended for 30 days and David Beckham’s first Inter Miami home game was delayed.
On Friday March 13, the FA announced that all of England’s games scheduled for the month would be postponed, including those of the development teams. This means that England’s friendly matches with Italy and Denmark have been canceled.
China’s National Women’s Team Olympic Qualifier against South Korea’s home qualifier for March is in Sydney. The team is quarantined upon arrival in Australia for the January qualifying group stage due to fears of virus carriers.
The UEFA Europa League match against Ludogorets on 27 February was played behind closed doors. Only television rights holders are allowed to attend as media while the club seeks to secure the San Siro. The Ludogorets players arrived in Italy with face masks.
Serie A has announced that five matches from February 28 to March 1 will be played behind closed doors, including Juventus against Inter Milan in Turin, a huge match between the rivals of the title.
Ligue 1 has followed suit with matches that will be played in empty stadiums until April 15. Clubs can also play with only 1,000 supporters.
La Liga has become the last league to ban supporters from stadiums after advice from the Spanish Ministry of Health and the Sports Council. The Barcelona Champions League meeting with Napoli will also be played on empty ground.
Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus
The Manchester United clash on the Austrian side Lask was behind closed doors, United distributing £ 350 to each fan to help them move and find accommodation after selling 900 tickets to the Europa League match.
Newcastle United has prohibited players from shaking hands amid fears of the coronavirus.
Three players from the Italian third division football club US Pianese tested positive for the coronavirus, the Tuscan side confirmed on Friday.
The owner of Olympiacos, Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns the Nottingham Forest, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Olympiacos and Forest teams were tested and all returned negative.
In Germany, Hanover 96 defender Timo Hubers tested positive for the virus.
The Spanish Copa del Rey final, which was to take place on April 18 between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, is now postponed.
Cristiano Ronaldo became isolated in Madeira after it appeared that his Juventus teammate Daniele Rugani had a coronavirus. Blaise Matuidi of Juventus has also tested positive for the coronavirus.
Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
In Spain, 35% of the staff of the Valencia team tested positive for the coronavirus, all the cases being asymptomatic.
The first Real Madrid team were in quarantine after a member of the basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. Both teams share the same training center.
The Football Association of Ireland has announced that all football under its jurisdiction will cease until March 29.
Liverpool have announced that a charity match between the Reds Legends and the Barcelona Legends, scheduled to take place at Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.
FIFA has announced that it will postpone the South American World Cup qualification matches scheduled for March.
Arsenal director Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on March 12, with the entire team from the first team placed in isolation. The Gunners’ game against Brighton, scheduled for Saturday March 14, has been postponed.
In the early hours of Friday March 13, Chelsea announced that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had been diagnosed with the disease.
The club’s first team went into isolation, while two buildings at its training ground in Cobham were closed. Their match against Aston Villa, scheduled for Saturday March 14, seems certain to be postponed.
Israel has warned citizens to avoid international travel, raising the question of whether supporters or players will travel to Scotland for their Euro 2020 play-off on March 26.
Premier League clubs are expected to hold crisis talks on Thursday (March 19th) as the possibility of the season being incomplete becomes increasingly realistic. West Ham chief Karren Brady has called for the season to be canceled while Aston Villa believes no team should be relegated.
Football organizations across England and the rest of Europe are preparing for a declared total shutdown of each league until September.
The Australian Grand Prix was canceled after a member of the McLaren team came with Covid-19, which led the British team to withdraw before a decision was made as to the continuation of the race.
The announcement came hours after Lewis Hamilton said it was “shocking” for the race to continue.
The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 is postponed without decision as to its reinstatement in the 2020 calendar for the end of the season.
The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, should be canceled, as will the first Vietnam Grand Prix (scheduled for Hanoi on April 5).
Chinese GP was the first to be canceled and other races may follow this example
There is growing concern that a large part of the Formula 1 calendar will be missed due to Covid-19. The iconic Monaco Grand Prix could be postponed with F1 leaders aiming for a return to action on June 7.
The Asia Pacific Women’s Amateur Golf Championship, which is scheduled to take place from February 12 to 15 in Thailand, has been postponed and postponed to October.
The Honda LPGA Thailand event in Pattaya, Thailand, scheduled for February 20-23, as well as the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, scheduled to start on February 27, have both been postponed.
The PGA Tour Series-China postponed two qualifying tournaments and delayed the start of its 2020 campaign by two months, reducing the number of regular season events from 14 to 10.
Masters postponed for the first time since World War II
The decision has been made to cancel the LPGA Blue Bay tournament in China, the event on Hainan Island (scheduled to start on March 5) is considered dangerous for the health of the players.
The European Tour postponed the Maybank Championship (April 16-19 in Kuala Lumpur) and the Volvo China Open (April 23-26 in Shenzhen).
After deciding to play without spectators from the second round of the Players Championship, the PGA Tour canceled the event completely after the first round on Thursday March 12.
They also canceled their next three events, which means there will be no PGA Tour events until the major premiere of the year, The Masters, in April. Friday, March 13, the prestigious Augusta tournament was also postponed.
In a statement posted online, Fred Ridley, president of the Augusta National Golf Club, said that decision makers hope to host the prestigious tournament “at a later date”.
The first major men’s championship of the year was scheduled to start on April 9 in Georgia, but has been suspended due to the escalating pandemic.
Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open for medical reasons after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and was told to isolate himself. They were then reinstated in the tournament after being tested negative for the virus.
The Grand National was canceled following new government restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus, which made it impossible to stage the centerpiece of Aintree on April 4.
The Japan Racing Association has revealed that “government sanctioned racing” will take place behind closed doors.
The Monday jump card and the Wednesday meeting at the Compiègne apartment will not have paying customers, the order coming from the city mayor and the president of the Compiegne Racing Society.
Races in Ireland will take place behind closed doors from March 29.
The Dubai World Cup meeting will take place on March 28 “without paid spectators.”
Cheltenham Festival unfolded despite travel disruption caused by virus
This year’s Six Nations will have to wait for its conclusion with all games postponed due to the coronavirus.
England’s match with Italy and Ireland’s trip to France had been canceled early, with Wales and Scotland leaving it very late before canceling their match.
The Scottish six nations match against Italy on February 23 has been postponed due to an epidemic in the Milan area.
And the women’s game between Wales and Scotland in the Six Nations on March 15 is also over after a Scottish player tested positive for the virus.
Ospreys and Ulster Pro14’s trips to play in Italy on February 29 are postponed. The Ospreys were to play Zebre in Parma with Treviso, the venue for Ulster’s match against Benetton.
The Six Nations of Ireland meeting with Italy on March 7 has been postponed
The Italian Rugby Federation suspended its national championship and its youth matches from February 28 to March 1.
Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is postponed, which is a blow to the Olympic preparations for the GB team.
The RFU suspended all levels of rugby in England until April 14, the announcement having been announced shortly after the Premiership stopped for five weeks.
The quarter-finals of the European Cup of Champions and the Challenge Cup have also been postponed. These matches were scheduled for April 3, 4 and 5.
The RFL is still in progress, although this can be reconsidered after eight Leeds Rhino players have been confirmed to be isolating themselves.
All ATP circuit events have been suspended for six weeks.
The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, scheduled to start on March 9, has been postponed until the eleventh hour. He came after a confirmed case of coronavirus in the neighboring Coachella valley.
The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko, from Ukraine, is canceled. Both players were awarded ranking points and cash prizes to make it to the final. They were denied the opportunity to play behind closed doors.
China lost a Davis Cup draw because the men’s team couldn’t make it to Romania for the heats March 6-7.
The WTA Xi’an Open event (scheduled for April 13-19) is canceled due to concerns for player safety. The WTA has announced that it is evaluating its schedule with a number of events planned for China in the second half of the season.
The International Tennis Federation has announced that next month’s Fed Cup final has been postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The event was scheduled to take place in Budapest and the play-off matches in the competition, which were to take place in eight different locations, were also suspended.
The WTA also announced that no tournament will be held for at least five weeks.
The Davis Cup home game against Japan next week will now take place behind closed doors.
Players will be prohibited from handing over towels to ball kids at next week’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the organizers announced on Friday.
MotoGP has canceled its first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand. Moto2 and Moto3 will however take place in Qatar, as they were already based on the track for pre-season testing.
The United Arab Emirates bike tour was canceled with Chris Froome tested for coronavirus and Mark Cavendish locked up in his hotel room.
The South Korean baseball league has canceled the 50 preseason games scheduled for March 14-24. It is the first time since the creation of the league in 1982 that a complete set of exhibition matches has been stopped.
The draw for the first stage of the World Table Tennis Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22 to 29, has been postponed.
A beach volleyball tournament, to be held in Yangzhou from April 22 to 26, has been postponed after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The World Short Track Speed Skating Championship in Seoul is canceled.
Next month’s World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed Saturday as a precaution.
The event was scheduled to take place from March 5-7 in the city, which reported new cases of the virus.
Event organizers said they still hope to postpone the event later in March or April.
The Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships, slated for Canada later this month, have been canceled.
The NBA was also suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus. On Tuesday March 17, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant confirmed that he had tested positive for the virus alongside three unidentified teammates.
The NHL has announced that it has interrupted the 2019-2020 season without any confirmed date for its resumption.
The UFC has canceled its next three events due to the coronavirus, although President Dana White continues to advance for the long-awaited lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
72 pre-season baseball games in Japan to take place behind closed doors
The Japanese professional baseball league has made the decision to play its 72 preseason games behind closed doors until March 15. Baseball is among the most popular sports in Japan.
To reduce the risk of exposure to the virus, the NBA has told players to avoid taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph researchers.
The regular season of the South Korean baseball league is in doubt before the first round of matches on March 28. An emergency meeting has been called.
Doubts remain as the Asian weightlifting championships, slated for March, are relocated from Kazakhstan to neighboring Uzbekistan. They could still be postponed.