2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday 13 March – just one day after the flame ignited 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 for viewers not to participate because of the coronavirus.
This forced the decision of the Greek Olympic Committee to stop the torch stirrup on Greek soil on the second day of its planned eight-day trip.
Thursday the Olympic flame will be delivered to the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee at the Panathenaic stadium in Athens, but without fans. It is the only third time that a relay race in Athens for the Summer Games has not been completed.
The size of the epidemic in Japan has seen Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, describe the disease as “the new war” that threatens Tokyo 2020 and warned that the Games may need to be canceled if the virus is still circulating by May.
The Olympic organizers have told the athletes to train normally without any cancellation decision
The Japanese government then insisted that Pound’s comments were not the official position of the IOC, but doubts remain as to whether the summer showcase can still go on with health problems.
Athletes were told to continue training and the plan remains to organize the Games in Japan as planned, but training for around 80,000 volunteers has been delayed for at least two months, and was expected to begin on February 22nd.
Friday 13 March; The suggestion of President Donald Trump to postpone the Tokyo Olympics by one year due to the spread of the coronavirus was immediately brought down by the Japanese Olympic minister.
“The IOC and the organizing committee are not considering canceling or postponing – absolutely not at all,” Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, at a press conference in Tokyo.
The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organizers continued to spread after the viral outbreak in China three months ago spread across Asia and then around the world: the games will open as scheduled on July 24th.
The indoor athletics world championships (13-15 March in Nanjing) are deactivated until 2021.
The World Athletics Championships in Nanjing, China, have been postponed due to concerns about the danger of coronavirus and its ability to spread
North Korea has canceled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border blockade due to the burst level in South Korea.
The Seoul marathon is canceled in an attempt to protect runners after the mass outbreak in South Korea.
The Paris half marathon is canceled and the French government has also decided to ban all indoor public meetings of over 5,000 people.
The race involving around 44,000 competitors was scheduled for Sunday (March 1) in the French capital. The organizers said that the race will be postponed to a date yet to be determined.
The Barcelona Marathon, scheduled for March 15, was postponed to October to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Barcelona city hall said in a statement.
A mixed Olympic triathlon qualifying event scheduled in Chengdu, China, in May, is transferred to Valencia, awaiting an outbreak in Spain.
The German Open (3-8 March), the Open Vietnam (24-29 March) and the Polish Open (26-29 March), all the events of the Olympic qualifications, are canceled due to the “strict health protection”.
The Olympic boxing qualifications to be staged in Wuhan have been canceled by the International Olympic Committee and have now been transferred to Amman from 3 to 11 March
The fight for the IBF title between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy following the epidemic.
The Japanese boxing commission has canceled all fighting cards scheduled for March on the government’s advice to suspend all pending sports games. They will not be reprogrammed.
All British fighting over the next two months is under threat. The BBBoC has confirmed to Sportsmail that it is not currently making recommendations to cancel the shows, but has admitted that it can change and awaits government leadership.
The Sri Lankan England tour was postponed on Friday 13 March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with England and the Wales Cricket Board citing “completely unprecedented times”.
The decision was confirmed while Joe Root’s team was on the field at Colombo’s P Sara Oval, contesting a warm-up game for a series of two tests that was in the process of being canceled by Lord’s decision makers.
Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was allowed to race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships after being isolated from fears of a coronavirus outbreak.
Morkov, 34, had traveled to Berlin in February after contesting the first four stages of the United Arab Emirates tour, the last two stages of which were canceled after two race staff members were suspected of having the disease.
Cyclists and UAE Tour staff have been stuck since then, but after the Abu Dhabi Department of Health issued a statement on Saturday saying 167 tests had gone negative, the UCI stated that Morkov was free to run normally.
Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for coronavirus after being placed in solitary confinement
High-level English and Scottish football was suspended until April 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced on Friday March 13.
The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, the FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s League have agreed to stop 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 who are affected by the virus or self-isolating individuals as a precaution after reporting symptoms consistent with Covid-19.
The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been postponed as a “precautionary measure” after the owner of Olympiacos Evangelos Marinakis had proved positive for weeks of coronavirus after seeing his team Greek play at Emirates Stadium.
On Friday 13 March, UEFA announced the postponement of all Champions League and Europa League matches scheduled for next week, as well as the quarter-final draws for both competitions. UEFA called an emergency meeting on Tuesday 17 March to discuss whether Euro 2020 could proceed as planned.
All domestic matches at all levels are postponed by the Chinese Football Association as the season is rejected due to the size of the epidemic in China.
Asian Champions League matches involving Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed until April.
The start of the Korean K-League season is postponed. The four AFC Champions League teams are playing their games behind closed doors.
The Japanese J-League postponed all home games until mid-March.
Inter’s game against Sampdoria was one of the four Serie A games canceled on the weekend of 22-23 February due to the regions hit in Italy that led the Prime Minister’s advice to cancel sporting events.
On 11 March the game between Europe and Europe of Inter with Getafe was postponed on 11 March, while the flight from Rome to Spain to face Sevilla was prohibited from landing before being postponed, with Italy blocked.
The Coppa Italia match between Napoli and Inter on 5 March became the last eliminated game, when it was postponed indefinitely. It was the 12th game to be postponed since the beginning of the crisis and the third to involve Inter.
Ludogorets players were not taking any risks after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy
An update from sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora later confirmed that all Serie A games for the weekend starting March 7-8 would be played behind closed doors. And with the country in lockdown, it was subsequently announced that all sports, including Serie A games, would be suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.
In France, Friday 13 March it was announced that there will be no high-level football in France for the immediate future after their governing body has postponed all games in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Spain, the Copa del Rey final on April 18 between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed.
UEFA has said it is asking governments across the continent to ensure that Euro 2020 continues in three months despite the coronavirus epidemic.
MLS was suspended for 30 days due to the delay of David Beckham’s first home game of Inter Miami.
The home stage of the Chinese women’s national team’s Olympic qualifying playoffs against South Korea, set for March, is transferred to Sydney. The team is being quarantined on arrival in Australia for the January qualifying group stage due to fears of virus carriers.
The Inter Europa League game against Ludogorets on 27 February was played behind closed doors. Only TV rights holders are allowed to participate as media while the club tries to protect San Siro. Ludogorets players arrived in Italy wearing masks.
The Serie A has announced five games between 28 February and 1 March that will be played behind closed doors, including Juventus-Inter in Turin, a great game among the rivals of the title.
Ligue 1 followed suit with games that will be played in empty stadiums until April 15. Clubs also have the opportunity to play with just 1,000 fans.
LaLiga has become the last league to ban fans in stadiums after leading the ministry of health and the sports council of Spain. Even the draw of Barcelona in the Champions League with Napoli will be played in an empty field.
Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus
Manchester United’s clash in Austria’s Lask was behind closed doors, with United handing out £ 350 to each fan to help with travel and accommodation after selling 900 tickets for the Europa League game.
Newcastle United has banned its players from shaking hands with one another amid fears of the coronavirus.
Three players from the Italian third division, US Pianese, proved positive for the coronavirus, confirmed the Tuscan team on Friday.
The owner of Olympiacos Evangelos Marinakis, which also owns Nottingham Forest, tested positive for coronavirus. Both the Olympiacos and the Forest teams were tested and all tested negative.
In Germany, Hannover 96 defender Timo Hubers tested positive for the virus.
The Spanish Copa del Rey final, which will take place on April 18, between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao has now been postponed.
Cristiano Ronaldo went to solitary confinement in Madeira after it emerged that his Juventus teammate, Daniele Rugani, has coronavirus.
Another Juventus player, Paulo Dybala, also tested positive and was placed in quarantine.
The Irish Football Association has announced that all football under its jurisdiction will cease until 29 March.
Liverpool have announced a charity match between a Reds Legends team and Barcelona Legends, to be held in Anfield on March 28th, has been postponed.
FIFA says it will postpone the qualifying matches for the South American World Cup to be held in March.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus on March 12 with the entire team from the first team put in isolation. The Gunners’ game against Brighton on Saturday 14 March has been postponed.
In the early hours of Friday 13 March, Chelsea announced that Wingum Callson Hudson-Odoi had been diagnosed with the disease.
The club’s first team has self-isolated, while two buildings on their training ground in Cobham have been closed. Their match against Aston Villa, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, appears to be postponed.
Thursday’s Europa League clash between Olympiakos on Wolves took place behind closed doors after a government order in Greece, but the Wolves asked UEFA to delay the game.
England’s friendly against Italy at Wembley in March is still set to continue, as from a tweet on the English football account of 11 March. England will also play in Denmark in March.
Israel has warned citizens to avoid all international travel, which raises doubts that fans or players will travel to Scotland for their Euro 2020 playoff game on March 26th.
Growing concerns that some Euro 2020 games could be reversed if the coronavirus epidemic worsens between today and summer. The tournament is set to be multi-city. UEFA admits that it is in a “waiting phase” and must follow the orders of the individual countries involved. However, FA President Greg Clarke said he expects the tournament to continue.
Premier League matches are “likely” playable behind closed doors “in the coming weeks” due to fears of the coronavirus, warned Everton board member Sasha Ryazantsev, in line with action taken in Serie A.
Chelsea’s last 16 Bayern Champions League game against Bayern Munich is about to be postponed, as was revealed on March 13th.
Football clubs across England and the rest of Europe are preparing for a reported total closure of each league until September. UEFA’s meeting on Tuesday 17 March will be crucial in resolving the fate of the 2019-2020 season.
The Australian Grand Prix was canceled after a member of the McLaren team fell with Covid-19, leading the British team to retire before a decision was made as to whether the race would continue.
The announcement came a few hours after Lewis Hamilton said it was “shocking” that the race was going on.
The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 is postponed without any decision as to whether it will be put back on the 2020 calendar for the end of the season.
The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, will be canceled, as will the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix (which will take place in Hanoi on April 5).
The Chinese GP was the first to be canceled and other races could still follow that advantage
There is hope that the F1 season can begin on May 3rd. F1 chiefs are looking to continue with the Zandvoort race in the Netherlands on that date.
The Asia Pacific Women’s Golf Championship, scheduled for February 12-15 in Thailand, has been postponed and has been rescheduled for October.
The Honda LPGA Thailand event in Pattaya, Thailand, scheduled for February 20-23, together with the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, scheduled for February 27, have both been postponed
The PGA Tour-China series has 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.
The decision was made to cancel the LPGA Blue Bay tournament in China, with the event on the island of Hainan (starting March 5) seen as dangerous to 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’ league onwards, the PGA Tour canceled the event entirely after the first round of Thursday 12 March.
They also eliminated their next three events, which means there will be no PGA Tour events before the first major of the year, The Masters, in April. However, the prestigious Augusta tournament was also postponed on Friday 13 March.
In a statement released online, Fred Ridley, president of the Augusta National Golf Club, stressed that decision makers hope to hold the prestigious tournament “at a later time”.
The first major men’s championship of the year was scheduled to begin on April 9 in Georgia, but was suspended due to the growing pandemic.
Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open for medical reasons after Gagli showed the symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and was told to isolate himself. They were later restored to the tournament after testing negative for the virus.
The Japan Racing Association has revealed that “government-sanctioned races” will go behind closed doors.
Two race matches in France next week will be held behind closed doors in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The Monday jump card and Wednesday equipment on the Flat at Compiegne will not have paying customers, with the order coming from the mayor of the city and the president of the Compiegne Racing Society.
Races in Ireland will be held behind closed doors starting March 29.
The Cheltenham Festival went on despite the trip interruption caused by the virus
The Scottish women’s Six Nations match against Italy on 23 February was postponed due to an outbreak in the Milan area.
And the women’s game between Wales and Scotland in the Six Nations on March 15 also ends after a Scottish player tested positive for the virus.
The meeting of the Six Nations of Ireland with Italy on March 7 is postponed.
The trips of Ospreys and Pro14 of Ulster to play in Italy on February 29th are postponed. Ospreys were supposed to play Zebre in Parma with Treviso home to the Ulster game against Benetton.
The meeting of the Six Nations of Ireland with Italy on March 7 has been postponed
The Italian Rugby Federation has suspended its national championship and youth matches for February 28-March 1.
The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is postponed, which is a blow to the Olympic preparations for Team GB.
England’s last game against the six nations against Italy is out “with the intention of reprogramming it later”. The same goes for the corresponding women’s and U20 matches. Everyone had to be played on March 13-15.
Meanwhile, the clash between the six nations of France and Ireland on March 14 was rejected with the French government taking action against sporting events.
Scottish rugby has announced that preparations “continue as usual” as they discuss with French rugby whether to proceed with the Six Nations game on March 8 after a second coronavirus death in France.
All the remaining matches of the Six Italian Nations – expected to host England in their last game on March 14 – are seriously in doubt given the extent of the epidemic in Italy.
Fears of the spread of the virus therefore prompted ITV to abandon plans to send commentators and experts to Rome for the English game against Italy in Rome.
All ATP Tour events have been suspended for six weeks.
The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, which will begin March 9, has been postponed to the eleventh hour. It came after a confirmed case of coronavirus in the nearby Coachella valley.
The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine is canceled. Both players received points in the leaderboards and cash prizes to make it to the final. They were denied the opportunity to play behind closed doors.
China lost a draw for the Davis Cup because the men’s team was unable to travel to Romania for the playoff on March 6-7.
The Xi’an Open WTA event (set for April 13-19) is canceled due to concerns about player safety. WTA has announced that they are evaluating their program with a series of events scheduled for China in the second half of the season.
The International Tennis Federation has announced that next month’s Fed Cup finals have been postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The event would be held in Budapest and the competition’s playoffs, which would take place in eight different locations, were also put on hold.
The WTA also announced that tournaments will not be organized for at least five weeks.
The home draw of the Davis Cup in Japan against Ecuador next week is now ready to be played behind closed doors.
Players will be banned from handing their towels to the ball kids at next week’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, organizers said Friday.
MotoGP has canceled the first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand. Moto2 and Moto3 will still race in Qatar, as they were already on the track for pre-season tests.
Cycling’s UAE tour was canceled with Chris Froome tested for coronavirus and Mark Cavendish put in solitary confinement in his hotel room.
The South Korean baseball league canceled all 50 pre-season games that were expected to take place March 14-24. It is the first time since the leagues began in 1982 that a whole series of exhibition encounters are out.
The draw for the first stage of the world table tennis championships, scheduled for South Korea from 22 to 29 March, is postponed.
A beach volleyball tournament, which will be held in Yangzhou from 22 to 26 April, is postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The Seoul Short Track Speed Skating World Championship has been canceled.
Next month’s World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed on Saturday as a precautionary measure.
The event was to take place from 5 to 7 March in the city, which reported new virus cases.
The event organizers said they still hope to reschedule the event which will take place later in March or April.
The women’s ice hockey world championships scheduled for Canada later this month have been canceled.
The NBA was also suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus.
The NHL has announced that it has paused the 2019-2020 season with no confirmed date for when it will resume.
The London Marathon has been postponed for six months. It was scheduled for April 26, but has now been postponed until October.
All 72 pre-season baseball games in Japan will take place behind closed doors
The Japanese professional baseball league has decided to play 72 pre-season games behind closed doors until March 15th. Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan.
In help to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus, the NBA told players to avoid taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph seekers.
The regular season of the South Korean baseball league is in doubt before the first round of matches on March 28th. An emergency meeting has been called.
Doubts remain as the Asian weightlifting championships, scheduled for March, are transferred from Kazakhstan to neighboring Uzbekistan. They could still be postponed.