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 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) 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
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.
A mixed relay Olympic triathlon qualifying event scheduled for Chengdu, China in May is being moved to Valencia, 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 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.
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.
Ludogorets players took no risk after the corona virus outbreak in Italy
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 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.
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.
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 as to 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.
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.
The Chinese GP was first canceled and other races were able to follow that lead
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.
The Bahrain Grand Prix is still scheduled to continue despite a number of flights from Dubai and the UAE to the country being canceled this week due to fear of coronavirus.
There are growing concerns about whether the inaugural Grand Prix of Vietnam (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
The European Tour has postponed the Maybank Championship (April 16-19 in Kuala Lumpur) and the Volvo China Open (April 23-26 in Shenzhen).
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.
The Japan Racing Association revealed 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 journey caused by the virus
The match between Scotland Women’s Six Nations and Italy on February 23 is postponed 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
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.
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 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. 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.
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 was canceled. It starts on April 27.
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.
All 72 pre-season baseball games take place behind closed doors
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.
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.