Sports events around the world hit by coronavirus pandemic


(Reuters) – Major sports events around the world that have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic:


– The postponed Olympic Games will now begin on July 23, 2021 and run until Aug. 8.


The postponed Paralympic Games will run from Aug. 24-Sep. 5, 2021.


– U.S. trials for wrestling (April 4-5) were postponed.

– U.S. Rowing postponed its team trials.

– U.S. diving trials (April 3-5) were postponed. All USA Diving events postponed for next 30 days.


– The 2021 World Games have been pushed back by a year to avoid clashing with the Tokyo Olympics.


– The Court of Arbitration for Sport said all cases were being put on hold until May. No in-person hearings will be held before May 1.


– The NBA suspended its season.

– The NHL suspended its season.

– The MLB further delayed its 2020 season’s opening day of March 26 after CDC calls for gatherings of 50 or more people to be cancelled or postponed for eight weeks.

– Boston Marathon organisers postpone the race from April 20 to Sept. 14.

– The National Hockey League told players, including those from outside North America, that they can return home and should self-quarantine through March 27, lengthening the period the NHL had said it was pausing its season.


– Aleksander Ceferin, the head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, said that the current season could be “lost” if it is unable to re-start by the end of June.

– Euro 2020 was postponed. Europe’s flagship tournament will now be staged from June 11 to July 11, 2021.

– This year’s Copa America, originally scheduled for June-July in Colombia and Argentina, was postponed to June 11-July 11, 2021.

– FIFA has agreed to delay the first edition of its revamped Club World Cup due to be held in 2021.

– UEFA put all club and national team competitions for men and women on hold until further notice.

– The men’s and women’s Champions League finals and Europa League final originally scheduled for May have been postponed.

– All elite games in England, including the Premier League, Football League and Women’s Super League, were suspended until April 30 but the current season can be extended indefinitely.

– Germany’s Bundesliga and second division will pause at least until April 2 while the cup semi-finals, scheduled for late next month, have been postponed.

– South America’s two biggest club competitions, the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, were suspended until at least May 5.

– The CAF postponed two rounds of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers (March 25-31).

– CONCACAF suspended all competitions, including the Champions League and men’s Olympic qualifiers.

– The top two tiers of French football — Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 — were suspended.

– All matches in Spain’s top two divisions were postponed for two weeks.

– U.S. Major League Soccer suspended its season.

– All soccer in the Netherlands was suspended until the end of March.

– Asian and South American qualifying matches for 2022 World Cup postponed.

– Spain’s Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad (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.

– 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 Asian Football Confederation postponed all AFC Cup 2020 matches scheduled for March and April.

– The Brazilian football Confederation suspended all national competitions until further notice.

– The state championships of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the two biggest in Brazil, were suspended.

– All events organised by the Russian Football Union, including Russian Premier League fixtures, between March 17-April 10 were cancelled.

– The CAF postponed the African Nations Championship, a national team tournament for home-based players only (Cameroon; April 4–25).

– The Turkish Super Lig, among the last to continue playing matches, was suspended after players complained. Basketball and volleyball leagues in the country were also suspended.


– The World Athletics Championships scheduled for 2021 in Eugene, Oregon have been postponed to the summer of 2022 because of the Olympic Games rescheduling. Governing body World Athletics said they are looking at new dates for the championships.

– The Diamond League postponed its first five meetings of the 2020 season due to be held in April and May in Qatar, China, Stockholm, Naples and Rabat.

– 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 London marathon (April 26), was postponed to Oct. 4.

– The Penn Relays (April 23-25), were cancelled for the first time in the event’s 125-year history. The Mt. SAC Relays and Florida Relays, also scheduled for April, and the March Texas Relays, were all cancelled.

– Kenya’s athletics authority ordered the closure of training camps and clubs, hampering athletes’ preparations for the Olympics.


– The Australian Football League’s attempt to forge on with the season despite the virus outbreak lasted one round before it was shut down on March 22.


– The Badminton World Federation cancelled the last five tournaments in the qualification period for the Olympics, making the All England Open played from March 11-15 the final event to count towards qualification.


– 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 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) has postponed the start of its 2020 regular season, originally scheduled to run from May 15-Sept. 20.


– The European, American and final world qualifying boxing tournaments for the Tokyo Olympics were suspended on March 16. The European qualifier in London that was underway and due to run to March 24, ended after the evening session on March 17.

– Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium on June 20 has been postponed.


– The last two games of Australia’s three-match one-day international 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 T20 tournament (March 29) was postponed until April 15.

– The boards of India and South Africa agreed to reschedule a three-match ODI series to a later date.

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

– New South Wales were named Australia’s Sheffield Shield champions after the competition’s final round was called off.

– Cricket Ireland and the Bangladesh Cricket Board agreed to postpone three one-day internationals and four Twenty20 games between the teams scheduled for Belfast and England in May.


– Cycling’s governing body plans to retroactively use March 3 as the cut-off point for Olympic qualification in mountain bike, BMX Racing and BMX Freestyle.

– 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, was postponed.

– The Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Tour de Yorkshire Race men’s and women’s races have been postponed.

– All cycling races up to the end of April have already been cancelled and riders in France and Spain, where many are based, have been explicitly told they cannot train outside.


– The Masters (April 9-12), PGA Championship (May 14-17) and the U.S. Open (June 18-21) were postponed.

– The PGA Tour also scrapped all events until at least May 10.

The European Tour has either postponed or cancelled events scheduled between March and May.

– The Irish Open, scheduled for May 28-31 at Mount Juliet Estate in County Kilkenny, has been postponed.

– The U.S. Women’s Open has been postponed from June 4-7 to Dec. 10-13.


– The Grand National festival (April 2-4) was cancelled while the Kentucky Derby, the first jewel in North American horse racing’s Triple Crown (May 2) was postponed to Sept. 5.

– The Dubai World Cup, one of the world’s richest horse races and a premier annual sporting event in the United Arab Emirates, will not go ahead this year.


– Formula One cancelled the opening race in Australia on March 15 and the showcase Monaco Grand Prix in May has also been scrapped.

– Formula One expects to run a shortened season of 15-18 grands prix once racing resumes, down from its original calendar of a record 22 races.

– The first six rounds of the MotoGP season — Qatar (cancelled), Thailand, Texas, Argentina and Spain — will not go ahead as scheduled

– NASCAR postponed all race events through May 3, including races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 15) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (March 22), but intends to run all 36 races this season.

– The Le Mans 24 hours race was postponed from June 13-14 to Sept. 19-20.

– The annual 24 Hours Motos, initially postponed from April to September, is now scheduled to take place on Aug. 29–30.

– The Indianapolis 500, one of the world’s biggest single-day sporting events with an estimated crowd topping 350,000, has been postponed until Aug. 23.

– The fifth and sixth rounds of the world rally championship in Portugal (May 21-24) and Italy (June 4-7) have been postponed.


– The Super Netball season in Australia, originally scheduled to start on May 3, has been postponed and will not begin before June 30.


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

– The annual University Boat Race, set for March 29 on the River Thames in London, was cancelled. [L8N2B9A0A]


– Four Six Nations matches were postponed.

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

– France’s rugby federation suspended all its competitions.

– The European rugby season was suspended after European Professional Club Rugby postponed Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-final matches (April 3-5).

– The semi-final and final of this season’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments, which were due to take place in Marseille in May, have been postponed.

– England’s Rugby Football Union and Wales’ governing body confirmed the end of the 2019-20 season for all league, cup and county rugby, but the English Premiership has been excluded.

– The English Rugby Football League and Super League suspended all fixtures until April 3.

– Super Rugby suspended its season.

– Japan’s Top League is cancelling the remaining 42 matches of the season.


– The World Snooker Championship in Sheffield (April 18-May 4) at the Crucible Theatre, will be re-arranged for July or August.


– The 2020 European Aquatics Championships that was scheduled to take place from May 11-24 in Budapest, Hungary, has been postponed to August.


– The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has suspended all planned events and activities involving international travel until June 30.


– The Wimbledon championships were cancelled for the first time since World War Two while professional tennis has been suspended until July 13.

– The French Open was postponed until Sept. 20-Oct. 4.

– The ATP and WTA suspended the season through to June 7, affecting the claycourt swing. Tournaments in Madrid, Rome, Munich, Estoril, Geneva, Lyon, Strasbourg and Rabat will be hit.

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


– World Triathlon has extended the suspension of all its events, including the World Triathlon Series, to June 30.


– 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 Ice Hockey World Championship scheduled for Switzerland in May was cancelled.

– The speed skating world championships in Seoul were postponed until at least October.

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

– The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) has cancelled the remainder of its season after temporarily suspending its playoffs.

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar, Rohith Nair, Hardik Vyas and Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, Amy Tennery in New York, Andrew Both in Cary, Robert Muller in Prague, Gene Cherry in Raleigh and Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by London editing team