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

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

The resolution additionally means the Tokyo Paralympic Games will likely be topic to a one-year delay.

Despite the delay, the identify of the delayed Games will nonetheless be Tokyo 2020, town’s governor Yuriko Koike revealed.

A joint assertion from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organising committee learn: ‘In the current circumstances and primarily based on the data supplied by the WHO as we speak, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo have to be rescheduled to a date past 2020 however not later than summer season 2021, to safeguard the well being of the athletes, everyone concerned within the Olympic Games and the worldwide group.

‘The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo may stand as a beacon of hope to the world throughout these troubled occasions and that the Olympic flame may develop into the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel by which the world finds itself at current. 

‘Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will keep in Japan. It was additionally agreed that the Games will preserve the identify Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.’ 

There was loads of scepticism whether or not the Olympics would pull by means of and proceed as scheduled whereas occasions linked to the video games had been referred to 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 Games have been postponed by one yr as a result of coronavirus

Large 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 pressured 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 is the one the third time {that a} relay to Athens for the summer season 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 had been advised 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 should not contemplating cancellation or a postponement – completely under no circumstances,’ Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, advised 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 Football Association, examined optimistic for coronavirus.  

The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organisers have stayed on message because the 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 acquired the Olympic flame in a scaled-down handover ceremony within the Greek capital on March 19. 


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

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

North Korea cancelled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lockdown as a result of 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 folks, earlier than ordering folks to remain at residence from March 15 for no less than 15 days. The race involving some 44,000 opponents 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 had been due to participate. 

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


Olympic boxing qualifiers to be staged in Wuhan had been cancelled by the International 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 attributable to 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 again from April to July

The British Boxing Board of Control introduced on Tuesday March 17 that each one boxing occasions beneath their jurisdiction for March will likely be postponed as a result of coronavirus.

That resolution 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 Arena. 

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 attributable to safe qualification for Tokyo 2020 for 77 female and male boxers, with 322 collaborating. 

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

Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders, earmarked for May 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 ‘utterly unprecedented occasions’.

The resolution was confirmed whereas Joe Root’s aspect had been within the subject at Colombo’s P Sara Oval, contesting a warm-up sport for a two-Test collection.

On March 18, the West Indies supplied to host England’s upcoming residence Tests towards them within the Caribbean as a substitute of within the UK – ought to the coronavirus outbreak not have improved by then. England are attributable to face the Windies in a a three-Test collection, which is because of begin on the Oval on June Four however might be delayed till September. If taking part in the collection in England proves unworkable, CWI have supplied to step in for this collection, and likewise for England’s three Tests towards Pakistan, attributable to begin on July 30. Although there are Covid-19 circumstances within the Caribbean, its influence there was restricted to this point. 

The begin 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 overseas 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 the United States and UAE have been postponed. The video games had been scheduled to be performed in Florida in April. 

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


Cycling’s Giro d’Italia has been referred to as off, with the race scheduled to start out in Hungary in May. 

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

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

The Tour de France is beneath menace of cancellation, with the scheduled begin in Nice going down in simply over three months, on June 27. With British and French governments anticipating that the pandemic will final till the summer season, race organizers are learning different scheduling. 

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


This summer season’s Euro 2020 match has been moved to subsequent summer season (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 no less than 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 video games following the worldwide outbreak of coronavius

The Premier League conflict between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been postponed as a ‘precautionary measure’ after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest proprietor Evangelos Marinakis examined optimistic 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. 

All Chinese home fixtures in any respect ranges had been postponed and the season pushed again, the primary soccer to be affected by the outbreak within the nation of its origin. However, reviews 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 begin of the Korean Okay-League season is postponed. The 4 groups within the AFC Champions League are taking part in 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 gamers had been taking no possibilities 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, had been suspended till no less than April Three to include 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 ultimate between between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed. LaLiga can be postponed till the tip of March no less than.

Germany’s Bundesliga, the opposite main European league, can be suspended till April Three no less than. 

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

The Football Association of Ireland introduced that each one soccer beneath its jurisdiction will stop till March 29. 

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

The South American Football Confederation postponed this yr’s Copa America, attributable to happen from 12 June to 12 July, till 2021.

FIFA mentioned that the newly-expanded Club 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 each one of England’s video games scheduled for the month can be postponed, together with these of growth groups. It implies that England’s friendlies with Italy and Denmark have been referred to as off.    

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

Olympiakos’ proprietor Evangelos Marinakis has examined optimistic 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 bought 900 tickets for the Europa League sport. 

Newcastle United banned their gamers from shaking fingers 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 optimistic. 

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

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

Real Madrid’s first-team squad had been in quarantine after a member of the basketball workforce examined optimistic for Covid-19. The two groups share the identical coaching facility.   

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

FIFA says it can postpone South American World Cup qualifying matches attributable to happen in March. 

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

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

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

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

West Ham chief Karren Brady referred to as for the season to be null and void whereas Aston Villa consider no workforce must be relegated. In this example Liverpool, the runaway league leaders, may face the horror of being denied the title regardless of being on the point of securing their first league trophy in practically 30 years.

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

Top-level English and Scottish soccer was initially suspended till April Three on the earliest. The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship all agreed to name a halt to aggressive motion with instant impact. 


The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was referred to 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 Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 was the primary race to be postponed, with no resolution over whether or not will probably be reinserted into the 2020 calendar for later within the season. 

The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, can be referred to 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 May Three can be the primary race of the brand new season however that has additionally been postponed attributable to Covid-19. 

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

The Chinese GP was first to be cancelled and different races may but comply with that lead


On March 13, the Masters was postponed. In a press release launched on-line, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, emphasised that the choice makers hope to carry the championship ‘at some later date’. The first males’s main of the yr was attributable to 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 attributable to happen at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 11-17, however has been rescheduled for later this summer season.

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

They additionally scrapped the next three occasions main as much as the Masters, however after that was cancelled 4 additional occasions in April and May – the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson – additionally bit the mud. It is hoped that the season may be resumed in late May.

The European Tour have cancelled all tournaments till the favored Made in Denmark occasion on May 21. Many of them had been attributable to be held in China or east Asia in nations 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 best profile casualty.

The Masters has been postponed for the primary time because the Second World War

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


The Grand National was referred to 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 Festival went forward amid some criticism earlier than the social distancing measures had been tightened. 

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

Racing in Ireland is to happen behind closed doorways beginning till March 29.  

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

The Cheltenham Festival went forward regardless of journey disruption brought on by the virus


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

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

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

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

Ireland’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 Challenge Cup have additionally been postponed. Those video games had been scheduled for April 3, Four and 5.   

The RFL and rugby league’s Super League have now adopted go well with and postponed all fixtures for no less than 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 May 24 to June 7, however that has shifted to September 20 to October 4, after the US Open, which was attributable to be the ultimate main of the yr. 

Players 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 ladies’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. Both gamers acquired rating factors and prize cash for attending to the ultimate. They had been denied the chance to play behind closed doorways.

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie as a result of the lads’s workforce had 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 a lot of occasions set for China within the second half of the season.

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

The WTA additionally introduced no tournaments will likely be staged for no less than 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 optimistic for the virus alongside three unnamed team-mates.

In an help to lower dangers of publicity to the virus, the NBA had advised gamers to keep away from taking gadgets corresponding to 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 can 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 had been slated to happen from March 14-24. It is the primary time because the leagues inception in 1982 that a complete set of exhibition matches are off. 

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

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

World Short observe pace skating championship in Seoul is cancelled.

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

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

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 attributable to ‘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 may nonetheless be postponed. 

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