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2020 OLYMPIC GAMES

In doubt

Due to the magnitude of the outbreak in Japan, member of the International Olympic Committee, Dick Pound described the disease as “the new war” that threatened Tokyo 2020 and warned that the Games might have to be canceled if the virus was still present around May.

Olympic organizers told athletes to train normally without a decision about cancellation

Olympic organizers told athletes to train normally without a decision about cancellation

The Japanese government later insisted that Pound’s comments were not the official position of the IOC, but doubts remain as to whether the summer showcase can still continue with health problems.

Athletes have been told to keep training and the plan remains to hold the Games in Japan as planned, but training for around 80,000 volunteers has been delayed by at least two months – it would start on February 22.

The iconic start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be held without spectators, as it was announced that the traditional torch-lighting ceremony will take place without fans.

The Greek Olympic Committee announced on Monday that the torch-lighting ceremony – the symbolic start of every Olympic Games – will take place at a scaled-down, behind-closed-doors event due to the constant fear of the spread of coronavirus in the region.

The committee has announced that the Olympic torch will be lit during a smaller-scale ceremony in ancient Olympia on Thursday, March 12, before departing for a seven-day relay, which ends at an official transfer ceremony in Greece on March 19.

ATHLETICS

Canceled

Indoor Athletics World Championships (March 13-15 in Nanjing) is out until 2021.

The World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed due to concerns about the danger of the corona virus and its ability to spread

The World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed due to concerns about the danger of the corona virus and its ability to spread

The World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed due to concerns about the danger of the corona virus and its ability to spread

North Korea canceled the Pyongyang marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border closure due to the level of outbreak in South Korea.

The Seoul Marathon is canceled in an attempt to protect runners after the massive outbreak in South Korea.

The Paris half marathon has been canceled and the French government also decided to ban all public public gatherings of more than 5,000 people.

The race with around 44,000 participants was scheduled for Sunday (March 1) in the French capital. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date to be determined.

The Barcelona Marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed to October to stop the corona virus from spreading, Barcelona City Hall said in a statement.

In doubt

A mixed relay Olympic triathlon qualifying event scheduled for Chengdu, China in May is being moved to Valencia, awaiting an outbreak in Spain.

BADMINTON

Canceled

German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, are canceled due to ‘strict health protection’.

BOXING

Canceled

Olympic boxing qualifiers staged in Wuhan have been canceled by the International Olympic Committee and have now been moved from 3 to 11 March in Amman

The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on 28 February was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy after the outbreak.

The Japanese boxing commission canceled all the fight cards planned in March on the advice of the government to suspend all pending sports matches. They are not being moved.

CRICKET

Affected

England players will not shake hands during their tour through Sri Lanka and will use fist bumps instead.

CYCLING

In doubt

The Danish cyclist Michael Morkov has been approved to race at the UCI World Track Cycling Championships after being held isolated due to fear of a corona virus outbreak.

Morkov, 34, had traveled to Berlin on Thursday after contesting the first four stages of the UAE Tour, the last two of which were canceled after two staff members of the race were suspected of having the disease.

Riders and staff on the UAE Tour have been in the lock-up ever since, but after the Abu Dhabi Department of Health issued a statement on Saturday that 167 tests had returned negative, the UCI said that Morkov could race normally.

The Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for corona virus after isolation

The Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for corona virus after isolation

The Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for corona virus after isolation

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Canceled

All domestic games at all levels are postponed by the Chinese Football Association because the season is being scaled back due to the extent of the outbreak in China.

Asian Champions League matches 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 J-League of Japan has postponed all domestic games until mid-March.

The Inter Milan match against Sampdoria was one of the four Series A matches that were canceled last weekend due to affected regions in Italy, leading to the Prime Minister’s advice to call up sporting events.

The Serie A then announced on Saturday that five games of the weekend, including the title downdown between Juventus and Inter Milan, have been canceled.

The Coppa Italia match between Napoli and Inter Milan on Thursday became the last game to be canceled when it was postponed indefinitely. It was the 12th game that was postponed since the crisis started and the third in which Inter was involved.

Ludogorets players took no risk after the corona virus outbreak in Italy

Ludogorets players took no risk after the corona virus outbreak in Italy

Ludogorets players took no risk after the corona virus outbreak in Italy

An update from sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora later confirmed that all upcoming Series A games for the weekend of 7.8 March would be played behind closed doors. And with the country locked, it was later announced that all sports, including Series A games, would be suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.

In France, the Ligue 1 match between RC Strasbourg and champions Paris St Germain was postponed on Friday.

It was the first Ligue 1 game to be postponed, with the Alsace region in Strasbourg being one of the hardest hit by the corona virus in France, where 613 cases and nine deaths were reported.

The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, was postponed as a “precautionary measure” after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus weeks after seeing his Greek team play at Emirates Stadium.

Affected

The home game of the Chinese national women’s team’s Olympic qualification play-off against South Korea for March has switched to Sydney. The team is quarantined on their arrival in Australia for the qualifying group phase of January due to fear of virus carriers.

Inter Milan’s Europa League match against Ludogorets on 27 February will be played behind closed doors. Only TV rights holders may attend the media while the club tries to secure the San Siro. Ludogorets players arrived in Italy with face masks.

Serie A has announced that five games will be played behind closed doors on February 28 – March 1, including Juventus v Inter Milan in Turin, a huge game between rivals.

Ligue 1 followed with matches played in empty stadiums until 15 April. Clubs also have the option to play games with just 1,000 fans.

LaLiga became the newest team that banned supporters in stadiums after guidance from the Spanish Ministry of Health and the Sports Council. Barcelona’s Champions League draw with Napoli is also played in an empty ground.

Evangelos Marinakis, owner of Olympiakos, has tested positive for the corona virus

Evangelos Marinakis, owner of Olympiakos, has tested positive for the corona virus

Evangelos Marinakis, owner of Olympiakos, has tested positive for the corona virus

The collision between Manchester United on the Austrian side Lask will be behind closed doors, with United expected to hand out refunds after selling 900 tickets to the Europa League match.

Newcastle United has banned their players from shaking hands in the midst of fear of coronavirus.

Three players from the Italian football club US Pianese from the third division tested positive for coronavirus, the Tuscan side confirmed on Friday.

Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Nottingham Forest, has tested positive for the corona virus. Forest players may have to isolate themselves if they come into contact with Marinakis.

In doubt

Thursday’s Europa League clash between Olympiakos at Wolves will take place behind closed doors following an order from the government in Greece, but Wolves has asked UEFA to postpone the game.

England’s kindness to Italy in Wembley in March is now in doubt, now that the FA is having crisis talks after the outbreak in northern Italy.

Israel has warned citizens to avoid all international journeys, raising questions about whether fans or players will travel to Scotland for their Euro 2020 play-off match on March 26.

The growing concern that some matches can be called off at Euro 2020 if the coronavirus outbreak gets worse between now and the summer. The tournament will be multi-city. UEFA admits that they are in a ‘waiting phase’ and must follow the orders of the countries involved. However, FA chairman Greg Clarke has stated that he expects the tournament to continue.

Premier League games are ‘likely’ being played behind closed doors ‘in the coming weeks’ due to fear of corona virus, Everton board member Sasha Ryazantsev has warned, in line with the action in the Series A.

FORMULA ONE

Canceled

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 will be postponed without deciding whether to include it again in the 2020 calendar later in the season.

Affected

The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, will take place behind closed doors.

The Chinese GP was first canceled and other races were able to follow that lead

The Chinese GP was first canceled and other races were able to follow that lead

The Chinese GP was first canceled and other races were able to follow that lead

In doubt

The Australian Grand Prix will continue despite an emergency plan across the country to tackle the virus. The director of the tourism board says that Victoria cannot afford to cancel the event.

There are growing concerns about whether the inaugural Grand Prix of Vietnam (scheduled for April 5 in Hanoi) will continue.

GOLF

Canceled

The Asia Asia and Pacific Women’s Golf Championship, scheduled for February 12-15 in Thailand, was postponed and moved to October.

The Honda LPGA Thailand event in Pattaya, Thailand scheduled for February 20-23, along with the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, scheduled to start on February 27, were both postponed

The PGA Tour Series-China postponed two qualifiers and delayed the start of its 2020 campaign by two months, reducing the number of regular seasonal events from 14 to 10.

The decision was made to cancel the LPGA Blue Bay tournament in China, whereby the event on Hainan Island (starting on March 5) is considered dangerous for the health of players

The European Tour has postponed the Maybank Championship (April 16-19 in Kuala Lumpur) and the Volvo China Open (April 23-26 in Shenzhen).

Affected

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 re-entered into the tournament after they had tested negative for the virus.

HORSE RACING

Affected

The Japan Racing Association revealed that “government-sanctioned races” will go behind closed doors.

Two race meetings in France next week will take place behind closed doors in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Monday’s spring card and the Wednesday race at the Flat in Compiegne will have no paying customers, with the order from the mayor of the city and the president of the Compiegne Racing Society.

In doubt

Cheltenham festival doubts because organizers have set up a steering committee to consider the danger of the virus, just 13 days prior to the prestigious Gold Cup event

The Cheltenham festival continues despite the disruption of the journey caused by the virus

The Cheltenham festival continues despite the disruption of the journey caused by the virus

The Cheltenham festival continues despite the disruption of the journey caused by the virus

RUGBY

Canceled

The match between Scotland Women’s Six Nations and Italy on February 23 is postponed due to an outbreak in the Milan area.

And the Women’s match between Wales and Scotland in the Six Nations on March 15 has also been eliminated after a Scottish player tested positive for the virus.

The Six Nations meeting of Ireland with Italy on March 7 is postponed.

Ospreys and Ulster’s Pro14 trips to play in Italy on February 29 are postponed. Ospreys would play Zebre in Parma with Treviso as the location for Ulster’s match against Benetton.

Ireland's Six Nations meeting with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

Ireland's Six Nations meeting with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

Ireland’s Six Nations meeting with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

The Italian Rugby Federation has suspended its national championship and youth games for February 28 – March 1.

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is postponed, which is a blow to the Olympic preparations for Team GB.

England’s last Six Nations match against Italy has been eliminated “with the intention of reselling it later.” The same applies to the corresponding luminaires for ladies and U20s. They would all be played on March 13-15.

In the meantime, France’s Six Nations clash with Ireland was reduced on March 14, with the French government taking action against sporting events.

In doubt

Scottish rugby announced the ‘just continue’ preparations as they discuss with French rugby whether they will continue with their Six Nations game on March 8 after a second coronavirus death in France.

All the remaining Six Nations games of Italy – they have to receive England in their last game on March 14 – have great doubts about the extent of the outbreak in Italy.

Fear of the virus spreading then led ITV to abandon plans to send commentators and experts to Rome for the England-Italy match in Rome.

TENNIS

Canceled

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California, which was due to start on March 9, was postponed at 11 am. It came after a confirmed case of the corona virus in the nearby Coachella valley.

The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko in Ukraine is canceled. Both players received ranking points and prize money to reach the final. They were given the opportunity to play behind closed doors.

China defeated a Davis Cup tie because the men’s team could not travel to Romania for the 6-7 March play-off.

Xi’an Open WTA event (scheduled for April 13-19) will be canceled due to fear of player safety. WTA announced that they are evaluating their schedule with a number of events for China in the second half of the season.

Affected

Japan’s home game against Davis Cup next week Ecuador is now being played behind closed doors.

Players will not be allowed to hand over their towels to ball-kids during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells next week, the organizers said Friday.

In doubt

WTA event Kunming Open is eligible for cancellation after the Xi’an Open was canceled. It starts on April 27.

OTHER SPORTS

Canceled

MotoGP has canceled their first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand. However, Moto2 and Moto3 will run in Qatar because they were already on the circuit for testing the season.

The United Arab Emirates Tour of Cycling has been canceled with Chris Froome being tested for corona virus and Mark Cavendish locked up in his hotel room.

The South Korean baseball-league canceled all 50 pre-season games scheduled to take place from March 14-24. It is the first time since the start of the competitions in 1982 that a whole series of exhibition competitions has been eliminated.

The first stage draw for the World Table Tennis Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22-29, will be postponed.

A beach volleyball tournament, to be held in Yangzhou from April 22-26, will be postponed until after the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

The world track short track skating in Seoul has been canceled.

Next month’s World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed on Saturday as a precaution.

The event was to take place from March 5 to 7 in the city, where new cases of the virus have been reported.

Event organizers said they still hoped to reschedule the event for later in March or April.

The Ice Hockey Ladies World Championships, scheduled for later this month, have been canceled.

The championships would start on March 31 and continue until April 10 with matches in Halifax and Truro, Canada.

All 72 pre-season baseball games take place behind closed doors

All 72 pre-season baseball games take place behind closed doors

All 72 pre-season baseball games take place behind closed doors

Affected

The Japanese professional baseball league decided to play their 72 preseason games behind closed doors until March 72. Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan.

To reduce the risk of exposure to the virus, the NBA has told players to prevent them from taking items such as pens, markers, balls and sweaters from signature seekers.

In doubt

The regular season of the South Korean baseball-league is in doubt ahead of the first round of games on March 28. An emergency meeting has been arranged.

Doubts persist while the Asian Weightlifting Championships, scheduled for March, are being moved from Kazakhstan to neighboring Uzbekistan. They can still be delayed.

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