2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
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 have 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 the training for around 80,000 volunteers has been delayed by at least two months – it would start on February 22.
Indoor Athletics World Championships (March 13-15 in Nanjing) until 2021.
The Indoor Athletics World Championships in Nanjing, China, have been postponed due to concerns about the danger of the corona virus and its ability to spread among competitors
North Korea cancels the Pyongyang marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border closure due to South Korea’s outbreak level.
Seoul Marathon canceled in an attempt to protect runners after the massive outbreak in South Korea.
A mixed relay Olympic triathlon qualifying event scheduled for Chengdu, China, moved to Valencia in May. Awaiting an outbreak in Spain.
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’.
Olympic boxing matches organized in Wuhan canceled by the International Olympic Committee. Now moved from 3-11 March to Amman
IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy after the outbreak
The Japanese boxing commission cancels all fighting cards scheduled for March on the advice of the government to suspend all pending sports matches. They are not being moved.
Boxing qualifiers for Wuhan were canceled by the International Olympic Committee
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.
Inter Milan plays their European draw against Ludogorets behind closed doors in the San Siro
Ludogorets players took no risk after the corona virus outbreak in northern Italy
The Japanese J-League postpones all home 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 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 to be played behind closed doors. Only rights holders can visit the media as a club to secure the San Siro. Ludogorets players arrive in Italy with face masks.
Serie A announces five games on February 28 – March 1 will be played behind closed doors, including Juventus v Inter Milan in Turin.
Wolf fans who made the trip to Espanyol for their Europa League final 32 second stage were urged to “travel carefully” after a number of confirmed cases this week in Barcelona. The game is expected to continue without problems.
Valencia has canceled all ‘non-sporting first team activities’, including press conferences around this weekend’s match in Mestalla in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and their teammates from England face Italy in March
England is friendly to Italy in Wembley in March now in doubt as 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.
Chinese Grand Prix postponed in Shanghai on April 19 without deciding whether to include it again in the 2020 calendar later in the season.
The Chinese Grand Prix was the first to be canceled and other races could still follow their lead
Australia’s Grand Prix insists that they continue despite the fact that an emergency plan has been set up across the country to tackle the virus. The director of the tourism board says that Victoria cannot afford to cancel the event.
Bahrain’s Grand Prix is still planning to continue despite the fact that a number of flights from Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are being canceled this week due to angonavirus.
The growing concern about whether the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix (scheduled for April 5 in Hanoi) will continue
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
European Tour postpones Maybank Championship (April 16-19 in Kuala Lumpur) and Volvo China Open (April 23-26 in Shenzhen).
Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari withdraw from the Oman Open for medical reasons after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and he also withdrew in an attempt to isolate himself.
The Honda LPGA event in Pattaya, Thailand, is one of the many postponed tournaments
Edoardo Molinari (left) and Lorenzo Gagli (right) withdrew from the Oman Open after medical advice when Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. The two players shared a hotel room.
The Japan Racing Association reveals that “government-sanctioned races” will go behind closed doors.
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 trip caused by the corona virus
Scotland Women’s Six Nations competition with Italy postponed on February 23 due to an outbreak in the Milan area.
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 due to the corona virus
There is now concern that England’s visit to Italy in the Six Nations could be in serious doubt
The Italian Rugby Federation suspends its national championship and youth games for February 28 – March 1.
Hong Kong Rugby Sevens postponed, which is a blow to the Olympic preparations for Team GB.
Scottish rugby announces preparations to ‘continue as normal’ while discussing with French rugby whether they will continue with their Six Nations game on March 8 after a second coronavirus death in France.
All remaining Six Nations matches of Italy – they must receive England in their last match on March 14 – have serious doubts about the extent of the outbreak in Italy
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. Denied 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) canceled due to fear of player safety. WTA announces that they are evaluating their schedule with a number of events for China in the second half of the season.
The Japanese Davis Cup team saw the match with Ecuador behind closed doors next week
The WTA could still postpone the Kunming Open (pictured left) Zheng Saisai, the 2019 winner, after he has already canceled the Xi’an Open set that will take place from April 13 to April 19
Japan’s home game against Davis Cup next week Ecuador is now being played behind closed doors.
WTA event Kunming Open is eligible for cancellation after the Xi’an Open has been canceled. It starts on April 27.
South Korean baseball-league cancels all 50 pre-season games scheduled to take place from March 14-24. The first time since the start of the competitions in 1982 that a whole series of exhibition competitions have 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.
All 72 professional baseball games before the season must be played behind closed doors
The first stage draw for the World Table Tennis Championships in South Korea is postponed
The Japanese professional baseball league decides to play their 72 preseason games behind closed doors until March 72. Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan.
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. Can still be delayed.