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The 2020 Olympic Video games has been postponed till 2021 on March 24 – turning into one of many final main sporting occasions this summer time to fall sufferer to the coronavirus.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe held a vital convention name with Olympics chief Thomas Bach on Tuesday to formally resolve a plan they usually have chosen to postpone for 12 months.

The choice additionally means the Tokyo Paralympic Video games will likely be topic to a one-year delay.

Regardless of the delay, the title of the delayed Video games will nonetheless be Tokyo 2020, town’s governor Yuriko Koike revealed.

A joint assertion from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organising committee learn: ‘Within the current circumstances and based mostly on the data offered by the WHO in the present day, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Video games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo have to be rescheduled to a date past 2020 however not later than summer time 2021, to safeguard the well being of the athletes, everyone concerned within the Olympic Video games and the worldwide neighborhood.

‘The leaders agreed that the Olympic Video games in Tokyo may stand as a beacon of hope to the world throughout these troubled instances and that the Olympic flame may change into the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel during which the world finds itself at current. 

‘Subsequently, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will keep in Japan. It was additionally agreed that the Video games will maintain the title Olympic and Paralympic Video games Tokyo 2020.’ 

There was loads of scepticism whether or not the Olympics would pull via and proceed as scheduled whereas occasions linked to the video games have been known as off. The Olympic torch relay in Greece was cancelled on Friday March 13 – only a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games have been postponed by one yr because of the coronavirus

Giant crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron within the Greek metropolis of Sparta regardless of repeated warnings for spectators to not attend due to coronavirus.

That compelled the choice by the Greek Olympic Committee to halt the torch relay on Greek soil on simply the second day of its scheduled eight-day journey. It’s the solely the third time {that a} relay to Athens for the summer time Video games has not been accomplished.

The Olympic flame will nonetheless be handed over to the Tokyo 2020 organising committee on the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday March 19, however with out followers current. 

Athletes have been instructed to maintain coaching however many struggled contemplating the federal government lock-down measures put in place. 

On Friday March 13 US president Donald Trump’s suggestion to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a yr due to the coronavirus was instantly shot down by Japan’s Olympic minister.

‘The IOC and the organising committee will not be contemplating cancellation or a postponement – completely by no means,’ Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, instructed a information convention in Tokyo.

On Tuesday March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of many Japanese Olympic Committee’s vice presidents and president of the Japanese Soccer Affiliation, examined constructive for coronavirus.  

The Worldwide Olympic Committee and Tokyo organisers have stayed on message for the reason that viral outbreak in China three months in the past unfold throughout Asia after which the globe: The video games will open as scheduled on July 24. 

Tokyo 2020 organisers obtained the Olympic flame in a scaled-down handover ceremony within the Greek capital on March 19. 


The World Athletics Indoor Championships, which was on account of be held from March 13-15 in Nanjing, is postponed till March 2021.

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

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed on account of issues over the hazard of the coronavirus and its skill to unfold

North Korea cancelled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lockdown because of the degree of outbreak in South Korea, the place the Seoul Marathon is cancelled in a bid to guard runners.

The Paris half-marathon is cancelled and the French authorities additionally determined to ban all public gatherings of greater than 100 individuals, earlier than ordering individuals to remain at house from March 15 for a minimum of 15 days. The race involving some 44,000 rivals was scheduled for Sunday March 1. Organisers mentioned the race will likely be postponed to a date but to be decided.

The London Marathon, which had been scheduled to happen on April 26, has been postponed till October 4. Over 40,000 runners have been due to participate. 

The Barcelona marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed till October.


Olympic boxing qualifiers to be staged in Wuhan have been cancelled by the Worldwide Olympic Committee, however went forward in Amman from March 3-11.

The IBF title struggle between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom on account of restrictions in Italy following the outbreak.

The Japanese boxing fee cancelled all struggle playing cards scheduled for March on authorities recommendation to droop all pending sporting fixtures. They won’t be rescheduled.

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce's Battle of Britain has been pushed back from April to July

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce’s Battle of Britain has been pushed again from April to July

The British Boxing Board of Management introduced on Tuesday March 17 that every one boxing occasions below their jurisdiction for March will likely be postponed because of the coronavirus.

That call has result in the heavyweight conflict between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce being postponed. That struggle, which had been penciled in for April 11, has been rescheduled for July 11 on the O2 Area. 

Matchroom Boxing has additionally postponed all occasions scheduled for March and April, together with Josh Kelly’s European title struggle towards Russia’s David Avanesyan (scheduled for March 28). 

The European Olympic boxing qualification match in London has been suspended. It was on account of safe qualification for Tokyo 2020 for 77 female and male boxers, with 322 participating. 

Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn has mentioned Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defence towards Kubrat Pulev, which is scheduled for June 20, could possibly be rearranged for July. All Matchroom promoted fights in March and April have been postponed. 

Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders, earmarked for Might in Las Vegas, was postponed earlier than even being introduced, nevertheless the Mexican is reportedly nonetheless planning to make the bout occur in June. 


England’s tour of Sri Lanka was postponed on March 13, with the England and Wales Cricket Board citing ‘fully unprecedented instances’.

The choice was confirmed whereas Joe Root’s aspect have been within the discipline at Colombo’s P Sara Oval, contesting a warm-up sport for a two-Check collection.

On March 18, the West Indies provided to host England’s upcoming house Exams towards them within the Caribbean as a substitute of within the UK – ought to the coronavirus outbreak not have improved by then. England are on account of face the Windies in a a three-Check collection, which is because of begin on the Oval on June Four however could possibly be delayed till September. If enjoying the collection in England proves unworkable, CWI have provided to step in for this collection, and in addition for England’s three Exams towards Pakistan, on account of begin on July 30. Though there are Covid-19 instances within the Caribbean, its affect there was restricted to date. 

The beginning of the Indian Premier League season has additionally been delayed till April 15. The 2020 marketing campaign had been set to start out on March 29. The IPL franchises are additionally able to quarantine their international gamers for a interval of 14 days, if journey restrictions are lifted to permit them to reach.

On March 13, India’s ongoing one-day worldwide collection towards South Africa was postponed, whereas Australia’s one-day internationals towards New Zealand will likely be performed behind closed doorways.

Scotland’s one-day collection towards america and UAE have been postponed. The video games have been scheduled to be performed in Florida in April. 

England’s cricketers wouldn’t play any rescheduled Check collection towards West Indies within the Caribbean till December on the earliest, it emerged on March 19.


Biking’s Giro d’Italia has been known as off, with the race scheduled to start out in Hungary in Might. 

The ultimate two phases of the UAE Tour have been cancelled after two members of workers on the race have been suspected of getting the illness. 

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for coronavirus after being put in isolation

Danish bicycle owner Michael Morkov was examined for coronavirus after being put in isolation

The Tour de France is below risk of cancellation, with the scheduled begin in Good going down in simply over three months, on June 27. With British and French governments anticipating that the pandemic will final till the summer time, race organizers are finding out various scheduling. 

The Paris-Roubaix biking race, one other main occasion on the French sports activities calendar, was postponed because of the pandemic, whereas the April 5 Tour of Flanders, solely beforehand cancelled throughout World Struggle I, was additionally postponed in an extra signal that Le Tour is below grave risk.


This summer time’s Euro 2020 match has been moved to subsequent summer time (2021) following a UEFA convention held on March 17. The postponement supplies an opportunity for European membership competitions to be accomplished.

All soccer in England is suspended till a minimum of April 30 – however the 2019-20 season ought to ultimately be accomplished after the FA bend their very own guidelines to increase the marketing campaign INDEFINITELY after holding disaster talks on March 19.

The selections to droop follows gamers and workers turning into affected by the virus, or people self-isolating as a precaution after reporting signs in keeping with Covid-19.

The Premier League has moved to cancel games following the global outbreak of coronavius

The Premier League has moved to cancel video games following the worldwide outbreak of coronavius

The Premier League conflict between Manchester Metropolis and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been postponed as a ‘precautionary measure’ after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest proprietor Evangelos Marinakis examined constructive for coronavirus weeks after watching his Greek workforce play on the Emirates Stadium. 

On March 13, UEFA introduced all Champions League and Europa League fixtures scheduled are postponed, in addition to the quarter-final attracts for each competitions. UEFA hope to conclude the competitions in the summertime however no dates are but set. 

Birmingham Metropolis change into the primary Championship aspect to see gamers take short-term 50 per cent wage cuts to ease monetary stress.  Leeds United quickly adopted in a bid to maintain paying all of their non-football workers. 

All Chinese language home fixtures in any respect ranges have been postponed and the season pushed again, the primary soccer to be affected by the outbreak within the nation of its origin. Nonetheless, stories recommend that the league may resume on April 18 as China will get to grip with the virus.

Asian Champions League matches involving Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed till April.

The beginning of the Korean Ok-League season is postponed. The 4 groups within the AFC Champions League are enjoying their matches behind closed doorways.

Japan’s J-League postponed all home video games till the center of March, however additional delays are inevitable. 

Ludogorets players were taking no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Ludogorets gamers have been taking no probabilities after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Italy, the nation worst hit by the virus exterior China, suffered a spate of cancellations earlier than the federal government put the inhabitants on lockdown. All sport, together with Serie A video games, have been suspended till a minimum of April Three to comprise the virus.

In France, it was introduced on Friday 13 March that there will likely be no top-flight soccer in France for the instant future after their governing physique postponed all matches.  

In Spain, April 18’s Copa del Rey closing between between Athletic Bilbao and Actual Sociedad has been postponed. LaLiga can be postponed till the tip of March a minimum of.

Germany’s Bundesliga, the opposite main European league, can be suspended till April Three a minimum of. 

The Dutch Eredivisie and Portugal’s Primeira Liga are additionally suspended.

The Soccer Affiliation of Eire introduced that every one soccer below its jurisdiction will stop till March 29. 

Main League Soccer has been suspended for 30 days till mid-April with David Beckham’s first Inter Miami house sport delayed.  

The South American Soccer Confederation postponed this yr’s Copa America, on account of happen from 12 June to 12 July, till 2021.

FIFA mentioned that the newly-expanded Membership World Cup, initially scheduled to happen in China in June 2021, will likely be postponed and a brand new date introduced when ‘there may be extra readability on the scenario’.

On March 13, the FA introduced that every one of England’s video games scheduled for the month can be postponed, together with these of growth groups. It signifies that England’s friendlies with Italy and Denmark have been known as off.    

Euro 2020 play-off matches on account of be held on March 26, together with Scotland v Israel have been delay till June. 

Olympiakos' owner Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for the coronavirus

Olympiakos’ proprietor Evangelos Marinakis has examined constructive for the coronavirus

Manchester United conflict at Austrian aspect Lask was behind closed doorways, with United handing out £350 to every fan to assist with journey and lodging after they offered 900 tickets for the Europa League sport. 

Newcastle United banned their gamers from shaking arms with one another amid coronavirus fears. 

Cristiano Ronaldo went into isolation in Madeira after it emerged that his Juventus team-mate, Daniele Rugani, has coronavirus. Squad members Blaise Matuidi and Paolo Dybala additionally examined constructive. 

Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, who’s on mortgage from Wolverhampton Wanderers, examined constructive for coronavirus.

In Spain, 35% of Valencia’s squad workers examined constructive for coronavirus, with all instances being asymptomatic. 

Actual Madrid’s first-team squad have been in quarantine after a member of the basketball workforce examined constructive for Covid-19. The 2 groups share the identical coaching facility.   

Liverpool have introduced a charity match between a Reds Legends aspect and Barcelona Legends, on account of be performed at Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.

FIFA says it should postpone South American World Cup qualifying matches on account of happen in March. 

Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta examined constructive for coronavirus on March 12 with all the first-team squad being put into isolation. The Gunners’ sport towards Brighton, scheduled for Saturday March 14, has been postponed.

Within the early hours of Friday, March 13, Chelsea introduced that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had been identified with the sickness.

The membership’s first workforce went into self-isolation, whereas two buildings at their coaching floor in Cobham have been closed. 

Premier League golf equipment, together with Manchester United and Manchester Metropolis, have despatched gamers house to coach alone following the British authorities’s growing crackdown on mass gatherings and pointless social contact.   

West Ham chief Karren Brady known as for the season to be null and void whereas Aston Villa consider no workforce ought to be relegated. On this scenario Liverpool, the runaway league leaders, may face the horror of being denied the title regardless of being getting ready to securing their first league trophy in practically 30 years.

Studies recommend soccer our bodies throughout England and the remainder of Europe are bracing themselves for a reported whole shutdown of each league till September.

High-level English and Scottish soccer was initially suspended till April Three on the earliest. The Soccer Affiliation, the Premier League, the English Soccer League, FA Girls’s Tremendous League and FA Girls’s Championship all agreed to name a halt to aggressive motion with instant impact. 

All ranges of English soccer beneath the Nationwide League North and South have been known as off and voided with no promotion and relegation because of the calendar being decimated by the coronavirus outbreak.  


The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was known as off after a McLaren workforce member got here down with Covid-19, resulting in the British workforce pulling out previous to a choice being made on whether or not the race would nonetheless go forward. 

The announcement got here hours after Lewis Hamilton mentioned it was ‘stunning’ that the race was going forward. 

The Chinese language Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 was the primary race to be postponed, with no choice over whether or not it will likely be reinserted into the 2020 calendar for later within the season. 

The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, can be known as off, as is the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, which was scheduled to happen in Hanoi on April 5. 

It was hoped that the Dutch Grand Prix on Might Three can be the primary race of the brand new season however that has additionally been postponed on account of Covid-19. 

The enduring Monaco Grand Prix on Might 24 was cancelled for the primary time in 66 years earlier than Method One introduced their race in Azerbaijan had been postponed. 

The Chinese GP was first to be cancelled and other races could yet follow that lead

The Chinese language GP was first to be cancelled and different races may but observe that lead


On March 13, the Masters was postponed. In an announcement launched on-line, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership, emphasised that the choice makers hope to carry the championship ‘at some later date’. The primary males’s main of the yr was on account of start on April 9.

The US PGA Championship, the second main of the yr, has now joined the  Masters in being postponed. It had been on account of happen at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from Might 11-17, however has been rescheduled for later this summer time.

After deciding to play with no spectators from the second spherical of the Gamers Championship onwards, the PGA Tour cancelled the occasion fully after the primary spherical on March 12. 

In addition they scrapped the next three occasions main as much as the Masters, however after that was cancelled 4 additional occasions in April and Might – the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Traditional of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson – additionally bit the mud. It’s hoped that the season may be resumed in late Might.

The European Tour have cancelled all tournaments till the favored Made in Denmark occasion on Might 21. A lot of them have been on account of be held in China or east Asia in international locations badly hit by the outbreak.

The ladies’s sport has additionally been hit by postponements and cancellations, with the yr’s first main, the ANA Inspiration, the very best profile casualty.

The Masters has been postponed for the first time since the Second World War

The Masters has been postponed for the primary time for the reason that Second World Struggle

Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari have been withdrawn from the Oman Open on medical grounds after Gagli confirmed signs of the virus. He shared a resort room with Molinari and he was instructed to self-isolate. They have been later reinstated to the match after testing unfavourable for the virus. 


The Grand Nationwide was known as off following new British authorities restrictions to struggle the unfold of coronavirus made it inconceivable to stage the Aintree showpiece on April 4. The Cheltenham Pageant went forward amid some criticism earlier than the social distancing measures have been tightened. 

The Japan Racing Affiliation revealed that ‘government-sanctioned races’ will go forward behind closed doorways.  

Racing in Eire tried to happen behind closed doorways beginning on March 29 – however that call was modified after authorities cancelled all sporting occasions.  

The Dubai World Cup assembly will go forward on March 28 ‘with out paid hospitality spectators’. 

Racing Publish compelled to quickly droop publication of the flagship every day racing newspaper for the primary time since their inception in 1986 on account of all motion in UK and Eire being suspended.  

The Cheltenham Festival went ahead despite travel disruption caused by the virus

The Cheltenham Pageant went forward regardless of journey disruption attributable to the virus


This yr’s Six Nations should look forward to its conclusion with all remaining video games postponed.

England’s sport with Italy and Eire’s journey to France had already been known as off with Wales and Scotland leaving it till the day earlier than earlier than calling off their sport. 

Saturday, 31 October is a potential date for the ultimate weekend of matches. 

The Girls’s Six Nations has additionally been hit by postponements.

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

Eire’s Six Nations encounter with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

The RFU has suspended all ranges of rugby in England till April 14, with the announcement coming shortly after the Premiership was halted for 5 weeks. 

The quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup and Problem Cup have additionally been postponed. These video games have been scheduled for April 3, Four and 5.   

The RFL and rugby league’s Tremendous League have now adopted swimsuit and postponed all fixtures for a minimum of three weeks. Eight Leeds Rhinos gamers had been confirmed to be self-isolating.  


The French Open, one of many 4 Grand Slam tournaments, is postponed till September amid a large lockdown in France.

The clay-court main was scheduled for Might 24 to June 7, however that has shifted to September 20 to October 4, after the US Open, which was on account of be the ultimate main of the yr. 

Gamers have been fast to criticise the transfer, which has created a battle with the Laver Cup males’s workforce occasion spearheaded by Roger Federer, and a girls’s match in China.

All occasions on the ATP Tour have been suspended for six weeks. 

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California, set to start out on March 9, was postponed on the eleventh hour.  It got here after a confirmed case of the coronavirus within the close by Coachella Valley.

The ultimate of an ATP Challenger occasion in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine was cancelled. Each gamers obtained rating factors and prize cash for attending to the ultimate. They have been denied the chance to play behind closed doorways.

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie as a result of the boys’s workforce have been unable to journey to Romania for the March 6-7 play-off.

WTA occasions have additionally been cancelled. The WTA introduced they’re assessing their schedule with quite a few occasions set for China within the second half of the season.

The Worldwide Tennis Federation has introduced that the Fed Cup finals have been postponed. The occasion was on account of be held in Budapest in April and the competitors’s play-offs, which have been set to happen in eight completely different places, have additionally been positioned on maintain.

The WTA additionally introduced no tournaments will likely be staged for a minimum of 5 weeks.   


The NBA has been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz gamers contracted the virus. On March 17 Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant confirmed he had examined constructive for the virus alongside three unnamed team-mates.

In an help to lower dangers of publicity to the virus, the NBA had instructed gamers to keep away from taking gadgets resembling pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph seekers. 

The NHL has introduced it has paused the 2019-20 season with no date confirmed for when it should resume. 

The UFC has cancelled its subsequent three occasions, though president Dana White continues to be pushing forward for the highly-anticipated light-weight title struggle between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. 

MotoGP have cancelled their first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand. 

South Korea’s baseball league cancelled all 50 pre-season sport which have been slated to happen from March 14-24. It’s the first time for the reason that leagues inception in 1982 that a whole set of exhibition matches are off. 

The primary-stage draw for the Desk Tennis World Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22-29, is postponed.

A seaside volleyball match, on account of be held in Yangzhou from April 22-26, is postponed till after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

World Quick monitor pace skating championship in Seoul is cancelled.

The World Triathlon Sequence occasion in Abu Dhabi was postponed as a precautionary measure.  

The Girls’s World Ice Hockey Championships in Canada have been cancelled.   

All 72 pre-season baseball games in Japan are to take place behind closed doors

All 72 pre-season baseball video games in Japan are to happen behind closed doorways

In badminton, the German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying occasions, are cancelled on account of ‘strict well being safety’. 

The Japanese skilled baseball league made the choice to play their 72 pre-season video games behind closed doorways till March 15. Baseball is among the many hottest sports activities in Japan.  

Doubts stay because the Asian weightlifting championships, scheduled for March, are relocated from Kazakhstan to neighbouring Uzbekistan. They might nonetheless be postponed. 

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