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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 deciding on the cancellation

Olympic organizers told athletes to train normally without deciding on the 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 performance can still continue with health concerns.

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 Olympic Games in Tokyo will be held without spectators, as it was announced that the traditional torch lighting ceremony will take place without fans present.

The Greek Olympic Committee announced on Monday that the torch-lighting ceremony – the symbolic start of each Olympics – will take place at a scaled-down, behind-the-door event due to continued fears of the spread of the corona virus in the region.

The Committee announced that the Olympic torch will be lit on Thursday, March 12, at a smaller ceremony in Ancient Olympia, before setting off on a seven-day relay race ending at an official handover ceremony in Greece on March 19.

ATHLETICS

Canceled

World Indoor Athletics 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 coronavirus and its spread

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

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 barrier was imposed due to the magnitude of the South Korea outbreak.

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

The Paris Half Marathon is canceled and the French government has also decided to ban all public public gatherings of more than 5,000 people.

The race with about 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, pending 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 qualifications held in Wuhan were canceled by the International Olympic Committee and have now moved from March 3 to 11 in Amman

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 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 as the season is 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 Japanese J-League has postponed all domestic games until mid-March.

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

Inter Europa’s Europa League match with Getafe was also postponed on March 11, while the flight from Rome to Spain to defy Seville was banned before being postponed, with Italy locked.

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

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

Ludogorets players took no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Ludogorets players took no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Ludogorets players took no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

An update by Sport Minister Vincenzo Spadafora later confirmed that all upcoming Serie A matches for the weekend starting March 7 would be played behind closed doors. And with the country locked, it was later announced that all sports, including Serie A matches, would be suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.

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

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

The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, was postponed as a ‘precaution’ after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for corona virus for weeks after seeing his Greek team play at the Emirates Stadium.

In Spain, the Copa del Rey final was postponed on April 18 between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad.

UEFA said it is asking governments across the continent to ensure that Euro 2020 continues within three months despite the coronavirus outbreak.

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 game against Ludogorets on February 27 will be played behind closed doors. Only TV rights holders are allowed to attend the media, as the club wants to secure the San Siro. Ludogorets players arrived in Italy with face masks.

Serie A announced five games to be played behind closed doors on February 28 – March 1, including Juventus v Inter Milan in Turin, a huge game between title 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, the owner of Olympiakos, tested positive for the coronavirus

Evangelos Marinakis, the owner of Olympiakos, tested positive for the coronavirus

Evangelos Marinakis, the owner of Olympiakos, tested positive for the coronavirus

Manchester United match on Austrian side Lask will take place behind closed doors, and United is expected to issue refunds after selling 900 tickets to the Europa League match.

Newcastle United has banned their players from shaking hands amid fears of the corona virus.

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

Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Nottingham Forest, tested positive for the corona virus. Both Olympiacos and Forest squadrons were tested and all returned negative.

While Arsenal’s game with Manchester City was postponed, it was confirmed that this weekend’s game would be held with Brighton.

The Copa del Rey final, scheduled to take place on April 18, between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, has now been postponed.

In doubt

Thursday’s Europa League clash between Olympiacos on Wolves will take place behind closed doors following a government order in Greece, but Wolves has asked UEFA to delay the game.

England’s friendly fight against Italy in Wembley in March is still ready to go on, according to a tweet from the English football account on March 11. England will also play Denmark in March.

Israel has warned citizens to avoid all international travel, raising questions about whether supporters 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 individual countries involved. However, FA chairman Greg Clarke has stated that he expects the tournament to continue.

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

FORMULA ONE

Canceled

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

Affected

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

A member of the McLaren team went into self-isolation on March 11 after showing symptoms related to the virus. They were tested at the medical center on the circuit for the Australian Grand Prix. Two Haas employees were also tested before isolating themselves.

The Chinese GP was canceled first and other races could still follow that lead

The Chinese GP was canceled first and other races could still follow that lead

The Chinese GP was canceled first and other races could still follow that lead

In doubt

The Australian Grand Prix will continue despite the fact that an emergency plan has been drawn up across the country to deal with the virus. The director of the tourism board says that Victoria cannot afford to cancel the event.

There is growing concern about whether the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix (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, where the event on Hainan Island (starting 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 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 placed back into the tournament after being tested negative for the virus.

HORSE RACING

Affected

The Japan Racing Association has revealed that “government-approved races” will take place behind closed doors.

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

Monday’s spring card and Wednesday’s competition at the Flat in Compiegne will have no paying customers, with the order from the city’s mayor 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 will continue despite travel interruptions caused by the virus

The Cheltenham Festival will continue despite travel interruptions caused by the virus

The Cheltenham Festival will continue despite travel interruptions caused by the virus

RUGBY

Canceled

The Scotland Women’s Six Nations game with Italy on February 23 has been postponed due to an outbreak in the Milan region.

And the women’s match between Wales and Scotland in the Six Nations on March 15 was also 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 matches 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 U20. They would all be played on March 13-15.

Meanwhile, the French Six Nations clash with Ireland was reduced on March 14, with the French government taking action against sporting events.

In doubt

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

All remaining Six Nations games in Italy – which are expected to be England in their last game on March 14 – are seriously questionable given the magnitude of the outbreak in Italy.

Fears of the virus spreading prompted ITV to give up plans to send commentators and experts to Rome for England’s game against Italy 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 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 playoff on March 6-7.

Xi’an Open WTA event (scheduled for April 13-19) will be canceled due to fear of player safety. WTA has announced that they are evaluating their schedule with a number 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 outbreak.

The event would take place in Budapest, and the league’s playoffs, which would take place in eight different locations, have also been put on hold.

Affected

The home game of Japan’s home game against Ecuador next week is now played behind closed doors.

Players will be banned from handing over their towels to ball kids at BNP Paribas Open next week in Indian Wells, the organizers said on Friday.

In doubt

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

OTHER SPORTS

Canceled

MotoGP has canceled the first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand. However, Moto2 and Moto3 will ride in Qatar as they were already stationed on the track for pre-season testing.

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 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 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 preseason baseball games take place behind closed doors

All 72 preseason baseball games take place behind closed doors

All 72 preseason baseball games take place behind closed doors

Affected

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.

To reduce the chances of exposure to the virus, the NBA has told players not to take autograph seekers’ objects such as pens, highlighters, balls, and jerseys.

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 postponed.

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