2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
The 2020 Olympics have been postponed to March 2021 on March 24 and will be one of the last major sporting events this summer to fall victim to the corona virus.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a pivotal conference call with Olympic Games chief Thomas Bach on Tuesday to formally decide a plan and they chose to postpone it for 12 months.
The decision also means that the Tokyo Paralympic Games are delayed by a year.
Despite the delay, the name of the delayed Games will remain Tokyo 2020, city manager Yuriko Koike revealed.
A joint statement by the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee stated: ‘In the current circumstances and based on the information provided by WHO today, the IOC President and Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo should be moved to a date after 2020 but no later than summer 2021 to protect the health of athletes, everyone involved in the Olympics and the international community.
“The leaders agreed that in these difficult times, the Tokyo Olympics can be a beacon of hope for the world and the Olympic flame can become light at the end of the tunnel the world is currently in.
“That is why it has been agreed that the Olympic flame will remain in Japan. It has also been agreed that the Games will retain the name Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. ‘
There was considerable skepticism as to whether the Olympics would go ahead and continue as planned, while events related to the games were called off. The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday, March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed by one year because of the corona virus
Large crowds defied Hollywood actor Gerard Butler while lighting the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta, despite repeated warnings for spectators not to attend due to the corona virus.
That forced the decision of the Greek Olympic Committee to halt the torchlight procession on Greek soil on the second day of the planned eight-day trip. It is the only third time that a relay to Athens for the summer games has not been completed.
The Olympic Flame will still be handed over to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee on Thursday March 19 at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, but with no fans present.
Athletes were told to continue training, but many struggled with the government’s final measures.
On Friday, March 13, US President Donald Trump’s proposal to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year because of the corona virus was immediately shot down by the Japanese Olympic minister.
“The IOC and the Organizing Committee are not considering cancellation or postponement – absolutely not,” said Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, at a news conference in Tokyo.
On Tuesday, March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of the vice presidents of the Japan Olympic Committee and president of the Japan Football Association, tested positive for coronavirus.
The International Olympic Committee and the organizers of Tokyo have been kept informed since the viral outbreak in China three months ago, spread across Asia and around the world, with matches scheduled to open on July 24.
The Tokyo 2020 organizers received the Olympic flame during a scaled-down transfer ceremony in the Greek capital on March 19.
The World Indoor Athletics Championships, which are scheduled to be held in Nanjing from March 13-15, will be postponed until March 2021.
The World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed due to concerns about the danger of the coronavirus and its spread
North Korea canceled the Pyongyang marathon scheduled for April after a border fence was imposed due to the South Korea outbreak, where the Seoul marathon is canceled to protect runners.
The Paris Half Marathon is canceled and the French government has also decided to ban all public gatherings of more than 100 people before instructing people to stay at least 15 days from March 15. The race with around 44,000 participants was scheduled for Sunday, March 1. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date to be determined.
The London Marathon, scheduled to take place on April 26, has been postponed to October 4. More than 40,000 runners would participate.
The Barcelona Marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed to October.
Olympic boxing qualifications held in Wuhan were canceled by the International Olympic Committee but continued in Amman from March 3-11.
The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy after the outbreak.
The Japanese Boxing Commission has canceled all fight cards scheduled for March on the advice of the government to suspend all ongoing sports matches. They are not resisted.
Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce’s Battle for England was reduced from April to July
The British Boxing Board of Control announced on Tuesday March 17 that all boxing events under their jurisdiction for March will be postponed due to the corona virus.
That decision has resulted in the tough match between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce being postponed. That fight, which was framed for April 11, has been moved 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).
The European boxing tournament in London has been suspended. It was thanks to Tokyo 2020 qualifying for 77 male and female boxers, with 322 participating.
Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn has said that Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defense against Kubrat Pulev, scheduled for June 20, could be rescheduled for July. All battles promoted by Matchroom in March and April have been postponed.
Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders, destined for May in Las Vegas, was delayed before it was even announced, but the Mexican is reportedly still planning to host the game in June.
England’s journey through Sri Lanka was postponed on March 13, with the Cricket Board of England and Wales calling it ‘completely unprecedented times’.
The decision was confirmed while Joe Root’s side was in the field with Colombo’s P Sara Oval, where he fought a warm-up match for a series of two tests.
On March 18, the West Indies offered to host England’s upcoming home tests against them in the Caribbean rather than the UK – should the coronavirus outbreak have not improved by then. England will face the Windies in a series of three tests, which starts at the Oval on June 4, but can be delayed until September. If playing the series in England proves to be unworkable, CWI has offered to step in for this series, as well as England’s three tests against Pakistan, which begin on July 30. While there are Covid-19 cases in the Caribbean, the impact there has been limited so far.
The start of the Indian Premier League season has also been postponed to April 15. The 2020 campaign is expected to start on March 29. The IPL franchises are also ready to quarantine their foreign players for a period of 14 days, if travel restrictions apply. lifted so they could arrive.
On March 13, India’s ongoing one-day international series against South Africa was postponed, while Australia’s one-day internationals against New Zealand are played behind closed doors.
Scotland’s one-day series against the United States and the UAE has been postponed. The games are said to be played in Florida in April.
The cricket players of England would not play a rescheduled Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean until December, it turned out on March 19.
Cycling’s Giro d’Italia has been canceled and the race is scheduled for May in Hungary.
The last two stages of the UAE Tour were canceled after two race officials were suspected of the disease.
Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for coronavirus after being placed in isolation
The Tour de France is in danger of being canceled. The planned start in Nice will take place in just over three months, on June 27. With the British and French governments expecting the pandemic to last through the summer, race organizers are studying alternative planning.
The Paris-Roubaix cycling race, another major event on the French sports calendar, was postponed due to the pandemic, while the April 5 Tour of Flanders, previously canceled during the First World War, was also postponed in a further sign that Le Tour is seriously threatened.
This summer’s Euro 2020 tournament has been moved to the following summer (2021) after a UEFA conference held on March 17. The postponement provides an opportunity to complete European club competitions.
All football in England has been suspended until at least April 30, but the 2019-20 season will eventually have to be completed after the FA has amended their own rules to extend the campaign UNAFFINITELY after holding crisis talks on March 19.
The decisions to suspend follow that players and staff are affected by the virus, or as a precaution, individuals isolate themselves after reporting symptoms consistent with Covid-19.
The Premier League has moved to cancel matches after the global outbreak of Coronavius
The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been postponed as a ‘precaution’ after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus for weeks after seeing his Greek team play at the Emirates Stadium .
On March 13, UEFA announced that all scheduled Champions League and Europa League games have been postponed, as well as the quarter-final draw for both competitions. UEFA hopes to complete the games in the summer, but dates are not yet known.
All Chinese domestic matches at all levels were postponed and the season pushed back, the first football to be hit by the outbreak in the country of origin. However, reports indicate that the competition could resume on April 18, as China masteres the virus.
Asian Champions League games with Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed to April.
The start of the Korean K-League season has been postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League play their matches behind closed doors.
The Japanese J-League has postponed all domestic matches until mid-March, but further delays are inevitable.
Ludogorets players took no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy
Italy, the country most affected by the virus outside of China, was canceled before the government locked the population. All sports, including Serie A matches, were suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.
In France, it was announced on Friday, March 13, that there will be no top football in France in the near future, after their governing body has postponed all matches.
In Spain, the Copa del Rey final of April 18 between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed. LaLiga is also being postponed until at least the end of March.
The German Bundesliga, the other major European league, will also be suspended until at least April 3.
The Dutch Eredivisie and the Primeira Liga of Portugal have also been suspended.
The Football Association of Ireland has announced that all football under its jurisdiction will end until March 29.
Major League Soccer has been suspended for 30 days to mid-April with the delay of Inter Beck’s first home game at David Beckham.
The South American Football Association has postponed this year’s Copa America, which will run from June 12 through July 12 through 2021.
FIFA said the newly expanded Club World Cup, originally scheduled to take place in China in June 2021, will be postponed and a new date will be announced when “there is more clarity about the situation.”
On March 13, the FA announced that all England games scheduled for that month would be postponed, including those of development teams. It means that England’s friendly matches with Italy and Denmark have been canceled.
Euro 2020 playoff games to be held on March 26, including Scotland against Israel, have been postponed to June.
Evangelos Marinakis, the owner of Olympiakos, tested positive for the coronavirus
Manchester United clash on Austrian side Lask was behind closed doors, and United handed out £ 350 to each fan to help with travel and accommodation after selling 900 tickets to the Europa League match.
Newcastle United banned their players from shaking hands amid fears of the corona virus.
Cristiano Ronaldo went into isolation in Madeira after it was revealed that his Juventus teammate, Daniele Rugani, has coronavirus. Squad members Blaise Matuidi and Paolo Dybala also tested positive.
Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, loaned by Wolverhampton Wanderers, tested positive for coronavirus.
In Spain, 35% of Valencia team members tested positive for coronavirus, with all cases asymptomatic.
The Real Madrid squad was quarantined after a member of the basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. The two teams share the same training facility.
Liverpool have announced a charity match between Reds Legends and Barcelona Legends, to be played in Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.
FIFA says it will postpone qualifying matches for the South American World Cup in March.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on March 12, putting the entire team from the first team into isolation. 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 diagnosed the disease.
The club’s first team went into self-isolation, while two buildings were closed on their training ground in Cobham.
Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, have sent players home to train only after the British government’s increasing crackdown on mass rallies and unnecessary social contact.
West Ham chief Karren Brady called for the season to be declared void, while Aston Villa believes no team should be relegated. In this situation, Liverpool, the runaway leaders, may be horrified to be refused the title despite being on the verge of making their first league trophy in nearly 30 years.
Reports suggest that football organizations across England and the rest of Europe are bracing for a reported total closure of each league until September.
Top-level English and Scottish football was initially suspended until April 3 at the earliest. The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, the FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship all agreed to end the competition with immediate effect.
The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was called off after a member of a McLaren team received Covid-19, which led to the British team withdrawing before deciding whether to continue the race.
The announcement came hours after Lewis Hamilton said it was “shocking” that the race continued.
The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 was the first race to be postponed, without deciding whether to re-enter the 2020 calendar for later in the season.
The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, is also called off, as is the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, scheduled to take place in Hanoi on April 5.
It was hoped that the Dutch Grand Prix on May 3 would be the first race of the new season, but that has also been postponed due to Covid-19.
The iconic Monaco Grand Prix on May 24 was canceled for the first time in 66 years before Formula 1 announced their race in Azerbaijan had been postponed.
The Chinese GP was canceled first and other races could still follow that lead
The Masters were postponed on March 13. In a statement released online, Fred Ridley, president of Augusta National Golf Club, emphasized that decision-makers hope to hold the championship “at a later date.” The first men’s major of the year would start on April 9.
The US PGA Championship, the second major of the year, has now been postponed to the Masters and is being postponed. It was scheduled to take place May 11-17 in San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park, but moved later this summer.
After deciding to play without spectators from the second round of the Players Championship, the PGA Tour canceled the event entirely after the first round on March 12.
They also dropped the following three events leading up to the Masters, but after that, four other events were canceled in April and May – the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson – bit also the fabric. It is hoped that the season can resume at the end of May.
The European Tour canceled all tournaments until the popular Made in Denmark event on May 21. Many of them would be held in China or East Asia in countries severely affected by the outbreak.
The women’s game has also been affected by procrastination and cancellation, with the first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, being the most eye-catching victim.
The Masters has been postponed for the first time since World War II
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 later placed back into the tournament after being tested negative for the virus.
The Grand National was canceled due to new restrictions from the British government to curb the spread of the coronavirus, making it impossible to stage the Aintree showpiece on April 4. The Cheltenham Festival continued under some criticism before tightening social distance measures.
The Japan Racing Association revealed that “government-approved races” will take place behind closed doors.
Racing in Ireland will take place until March 29 behind closed doors.
The Dubai World Cup meeting will take place on March 28 ‘without paid hospitality spectators’.
The Cheltenham Festival continued despite the travel interruption caused by the virus
This year’s Six Nations will have to wait for the conclusion with all remaining games postponed.
England’s match with Italy and Ireland’s journey to France had already been called off with Wales and Scotland until the day before the match was called off.
Saturday, October 31, is a possible date for the last weekend of the competition.
The Women’s Six Nations have also been affected by postponement.
The Irish Six Nations meeting with Italy on March 7 has been postponed
The RFU suspended all rugby levels in England until April 14, with the announcement shortly after the premiere ship was discontinued for five weeks.
The quarterfinals of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have also been postponed. Those games were scheduled on April 3, 4 and 5.
The rugby league’s RFL and Super League have now followed suit and postponed all matches for at least three weeks. Eight Leeds Rhinos players were found to be self-insulating.
The French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, is postponed to September due to a wide lockdown in France.
The clay court major was scheduled for May 24 through June 7, but that has shifted to September 20 through October 4, after the US Open, which was to be the last major of the year.
Players have quickly criticized the move, which has sparked a conflict with the Laver Cup team event led by Roger Federer, and a women’s tournament in China.
All events on the ATP Tour are suspended for six weeks.
The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, which was scheduled to begin on March 9, was postponed at eleven. It came after a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the nearby Coachella Valley.
The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko from Ukraine, has been canceled. Both players received ranking points and prize money for reaching the final. They were not allowed to play behind closed doors.
China lost a Davis Cup tie because the men’s team was unable to travel to Romania for the March 6-7 playoff.
WTA events have also been canceled. The WTA has announced that they will evaluate their schedule with a number of events scheduled for China in the second half of the season.
The International Tennis Federation has announced that the Fed Cup final has been postponed. The event would be held in Budapest in April, and the league’s playoffs, which would take place in eight different locations, have also been put on hold.
The WTA has also announced that no tournaments will be held for at least five weeks.
The NBA has been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus. On March 17, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant confirmed that he had tested positive for the virus alongside three unnamed teammates.
To decrease the chances of exposure to the virus, the NBA had told players not to take autograph seekers’ objects such as pens, highlighters, balls, and jerseys.
The NHL has announced that it has interrupted the 2019-20 season without a confirmed date for it to resume.
The UFC has canceled its next three events, although President Dana White is still holding out for the long-awaited lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
MotoGP has canceled the first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand.
The South Korean baseball league canceled all 50 preseason games scheduled from March 14 to 24. It is the first time since the start of the competitions in 1982 that a whole series of exhibition games has been eliminated.
The draw for the first leg of the World Table Tennis Championships, which is scheduled in South Korea from March 22-29, is postponed.
A beach volleyball tournament, held in Yangzhou from April 22-26, will be postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The short track world championship in Seoul is canceled.
The World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi has been postponed as a precaution.
The Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships in Canada have been canceled.
All 72 baseball games for the season in Japan take place behind closed doors
In badminton, the German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, will be canceled due to ‘strict health protection’.
The Japanese professional baseball league made the decision to play its 72 games for the season until March 15 behind closed doors. Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan.
Doubts remain as the Asian Weightlifting Championships, scheduled for March, are moving from Kazakhstan to neighboring Uzbekistan. They can still be postponed.