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FACTBOX: Sports events around the world hit by coronavirus pandemic

Manchester United players celebrate their second goal during their Europa League game against LASK in front of empty seats. The match was played in an empty stadium because of the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Kerstin Joensson/AP

Manchester United players celebrate their second goal during their Europa League game against LASK in front of empty seats. The match was played in an empty stadium because of the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Kerstin Joensson/AP

Published Mar 15, 2020


LONDON – A number of sporting evens around the world have been affected by the current coronavirus outbreak that has infected over 160 000 people, and killed almost 6 000.

On Saturday, Sanzaar announced that the current Super Rugby season was to be suspended after news that New Zealand will quarantine all people entering the country for 14 days.

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The day before, the Premier League season was also thrown into turmoil after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson Adoi tested positive for the virus.

Other events in Australia, the United States and across Europe were also effected as the globe comes to grips with the virus which started in China sometime last year.

Below is a list of sporting events that have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.


* The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia was held without spectators.

* The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) suspended the remainder of the torch relay through the country to avoid attracting crowds.


* U.S. Olympic trials for wrestling, originally scheduled for April 4-5 at Penn State University, were postponed.

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* U.S. Rowing postponed its Olympic team trials.

* U.S. Olympic diving trials, scheduled for April 3-5 in Tucson, Arizona, were postponed. All USA Diving events postponed for next 30 days.


* The NBA has suspended its season.

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* The NHL has suspended its season.

* The MLB will delay its 2020 season's opening day of March 26 by at least two weeks. It said Spring Training camps were also suspended.


* All elite soccer matches in England, including the Premier League, Football League (EFL) and Women's Super League (WSL), were suspended until April 4.

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* The German Football League called off matches scheduled for March 13-15 in the Bundesliga and second-tier Bundesliga 2. They recommended both leagues be suspended until April 2.

* UEFA postponed all Champions League and Europa League matches due to take place this week.

* The Confederation of African Football has postponed two rounds of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for March 25-31.

* CONCACAF suspended all competitions, including the Champions League and men's Olympic qualifiers.

* The Paraguayan FA has suspended all games until March 24.

* The Colombian league has suspended all tournaments until further notice.

* The Chilean FA ordered all games due to be played between March 19 and April 19 take place without fans.

* The top two tiers of French football -- Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 -- have been suspended.

* All soccer matches in Spain's top two divisions were postponed for two weeks.

* England's friendly internationals against Italy and Denmark at Wembley on March 27 and 31 will not take place, while Denmark cancelled their March 27 friendly against the Faroe Islands.

* The Norwegian Football Federation said it did not plan to hold Norway's Euro 2020 playoff match against Serbia that was scheduled for March 26.

* Poland's soccer league has postponed all games at least until the end of March.

* U.S. Major League Soccer has suspended its season.

* U.S. Soccer's Open Cup Committee has suspended its 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

* All soccer in the Netherlands was suspended until the end of March. The national team cancelled their Euros warm-up matches against the United States (March 26) and Spain (March 29).

* FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation have agreed to postpone Asian World Cup qualifying matches in March and June.

* FIFA has postponed South American qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup between March 23-31.

* Spain's Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad (Seville; April 18) was postponed.

* New seasons in the Chinese, Japanese and South Korean leagues were postponed.

* A four-team event in Doha featuring Croatia, Portugal, Belgium and Switzerland (March 26-30) was cancelled.

* A friendly between Germany and Italy (Nuremberg; March 31) will take place without fans.

* Tickets are not being sold for the Euro 2020 qualifying playoff semi-finals between Bulgaria and Hungary and Bosnia and Northern Ireland.

* Asian Champions League: Matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG were postponed. The start of the knockout rounds was moved back to September.

* The Brazilian Football Confederation ordered all games due to be played in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to take place without fans until further notice.

* The Uruguayan Football Association has suspended all professional games until further notice.



* The World Athletics Indoor Championships (Nanjing, March 13-15) were postponed. They will be held in the same city from March 19-21, 2021.

* The Paris and Barcelona marathons were postponed.

* The annual London marathon, due to take place on April 26, was postponed to Oct. 4.

* The race walking team championship scheduled for May 2-3 in Minsk was postponed.

* The CARIFTA Games scheduled for Hamilton, Bermuda on April 10-13 were postponed.

* The Kansas, Mt. SAC and Texas Relays in the United States scheduled for April were cancelled.


* The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has suspended all BWF World Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments from March 16 until April 12.


* The final qualification tournament in Taiwan for the Olympics was put back from April to June 17-21, while the March 22-26 qualification event in Arizona was postponed

* Japan's professional league postponed the start of the season.


* Euroleague Basketball suspended all 2019-20 EuroLeague, EuroCup and Euroleague Next Generation Tournament games.


* The Nevada State Athletic Commission has revoked all permits and programs of unarmed combat through March 25.

* UFC's fight night scheduled for March 21 will be relocated from London's O2 Arena.


* The last two games of Australia's three-match one-day series against New Zealand in Sydney and Hobart were cancelled.

* Australia and New Zealand's limited overs tours were postponed.

* The start of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, scheduled for March 29, was postponed until April 15.

* The cricket boards of India and South Africa agreed to reschedule a three-match one-day international series to a later date. The first match on March 12 was washed out.

* England's two-match test series in Sri Lanka scheduled to start on March 19 was postponed.


* The final two stages of the UAE Tour were cancelled after two Italian participants tested positive.

* The Paris-Nice cycling race ended a day early after the eighth stage into Nice was cancelled.

* The Giro d'Italia, scheduled to start in Budapest, Hungary on May 9, has been postponed.


* The year's first major, the Masters, has been postponed from April 9-12 to "some later date".

* The Players Championship in Florida was cancelled after the first round. The next three PGA events have also been scrapped.

* The Honda LPGA Thailand event and the HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore were cancelled.

* The Indian Open, the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur and the China Open have all been postponed.


* The All-Around World Cup (Stuttgart; March 20-22) was cancelled.


* The International Handball Federation has postponed all competitions in March, April and June.


* Jokerit Helsinki of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) have withdrawn from the playoffs over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.


* The International Judo Federation cancelled all Olympic qualification events until the end of April.


* Formula One cancelled the Australian Grand Prix and postponed the next three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China.

They hope to start the season in Europe at the end of May, putting the Dutch and Spanish races currently scheduled for May 3 and 10 in Zandvoort and Barcelona in doubt.

* Four rounds of the MotoGP season in Qatar, Thailand, Texas and Argentina will not go ahead as scheduled.

* NASCAR races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 15) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (March 22) postponed.

* Round four of the World Rally Championship in Argentina that was scheduled for April 23-26 has been postponed.

* The World Rallycross Championship opener in Catalunya-Barcelona scheduled for April 18-19 has been postponed.

* Rally Mexico was cut short after the second leg.


* Two World Rowing Cups and the European Olympic Qualification Regatta, all scheduled for Italy, were cancelled.


* Four Six Nations matches were postponed.

* The Singapore and Hong Kong legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series were postponed from April to October.

* Rugby Europe announced a suspension of all its matches and tournaments from March 13-April 15.

* France's rugby federation has suspended all its competitions.

* The Premiership Rugby Cup final on Sunday (March 15) has been postponed.

* Super Rugby, rugby union's club competition in the southern hemisphere, is suspending its season after this weekend's games.

* Rugby Australia (RA) locked down its headquarters to be disinfected after two members of the national rugby sevens programme were tested for the coronavirus.


* SailGP has cancelled its San Francisco event scheduled for May 2-3.


The SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit due to take place in Lausanne, Switzerland, from April 19-24 has been cancelled.


* The Professional Squash Association cancelled all World Tour and Challenger Tour events taking place up to and including the week commencing April 27.


* The world championships in South Korea were pushed back provisionally from March to June.


* The ATP suspended its professional men's tennis tour for six weeks after the Miami Open (March 23-April 5) was cancelled.

* The Fed Cup finals (Budapest; April 14-19) were postponed.

* The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells was cancelled.

* The WTA said its events in Mexico and Colombia in March and April would not be held. The Xi'an Open and Kunming Open had already been cancelled.


* The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has suspended all activity until April 30 including all events on the World Triathlon and Continental calendars.


* The International Ski Federation cancelled the final races of the men's Alpine skiing World Cup.

* The World Cup finals in Cortina were cancelled along with the last three women's races in Are.

* The women's world ice hockey championships in Canada were cancelled.

* The speed skating world championships in Seoul have been postponed until at least October.

* The March 16-22 world figure skating championships in Montreal were cancelled.

* Curling world championships for men and mixed doubles in Scotland and Canada cancelled, joining women’s worlds that were cancelled on Thursday.

* Vail Resorts which operates 34 ski areas in 15 U.S. states and three countries closes all operations for at least a week.

* All French ski resorts are closing on Sunday and will not reopen for the rest of the season.

* Fans urged to skip finish of famed Iditarod race in Alaska next week.


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