How coronavirus has impacted sporting events around the world


The spread of coronavirus has impacted the staging of sporting events around the world.

This is what has been affected so far through decisions taken over the past two days:

17 March

FOOTBALL: Euro 2020 has been postponed until 2021.

HORSE RACING: All racing in Great Britain will be suspended from Wednesday until the end of April.

TENNIS: French Open postponed until September.

ATHLETICS: Diamond League postpones the first three meetings of the 2020 season, scheduled for Qatar and China.

BASKETBALL: The British Basketball League postpones the 2019/20 season until further notice.

CRICKET: England cricketer Alex Hales is in self-isolation after developing coronavirus symptoms following his return to the UK from playing in the Pakistan Super League.

CRICKET: Pakistan Super League is postponed, on the day the semi-finals were due to take place.

CYCLING: The Tour de Yorkshire, scheduled to take place between 30 April and 3 May, is postponed with no new date yet announced.

CYCLING: The sport’s governing body, the UCI, postponed the prestigious one-day races Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Paris-Roubaix was due to be held on 12 April, with Liege-Bastogne-Liege two weeks later. The Fleche Wallone – one of the Ardennes classics – set for 22 April was also cancelled.

DIVING: The Fina Diving World Series finale, which was scheduled to take place at the London Aquatics Centre between 27-29 March, is postponed.

EQUESTRIAN: British Eventing cancels all fixtures with immediate effect, a fortnight after its scheduled eight-month season began.

FOOTBALL: Liverpool announce the final Hillsborough memorial service, due to take place at Anfield on 15 April, is postponed.

FOOTBALL: The two-legged play-off between Cameroon & Chile for a place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, initially scheduled for April, is postponed.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: UFC president Dana White says the next three fight nights are postponed.

SNOOKER: World Snooker postpones the Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno, which was set to begin on Tuesday.

SURFING: World Surf League cancels or postpones all events until at least the end of May.

TRIATHLON: British Triathlon, Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland and Welsh Triathlon suspend organised triathlon activity until at least 30 April.

CRICKET: ECB to meet on Thursday to look at possible rescheduling the cricket summer. The County Championship season is scheduled to start on 12 April, but counties are due to play fixtures from 2 April in preparation.

BOXING: All boxing events cancelled until the start of April by the British Boxing Board of Control.

ATHLETICS: Club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events are suspended in England, Scotland and Wales.

DARTS: The forthcoming PDC Development Tour events on 21-22 March and the Players Championship weekend on 28-29 March are postponed.

GYMNASTICS: The women’s European Championships set for the end of April in Paris and the men’s event in Baku at the end of May are cancelled by the European Gymnastics Union.

TRAMPOLINE: The European Trampoline Championships in Sweden from 7-10 May are called off.

HORSE RACING: The 146th Kentucky Derby in the United States will be rescheduled from 2 May to 5 September.

FOOTBALL: The African Nations Championship, for players who are based in Africa, is postponed.

16 March:

ALL SPORT: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says from Tuesday the Government would no longer be supporting mass gatherings with emergency workers.

ALL SPORT: All football and cricket in South Africa is cancelled.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: The NFL will proceed with the 2020 NFL Draft, but has cancelled all public events surrounding the event scheduled for 23-25 April in Las Vegas.

BASEBALL: Start of Major League Baseball delayed indefinitely after the US restricted events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.

BOXING: Olympic qualifying event in London, scheduled to run until 24 March, is suspended after the conclusion of Monday’s evening session.

BOXING: Regis Prograis-Maurice Hooker fight in Maryland on 17 April is postponed.

CRICKET: Zimbabwe and Ireland postpone the planned six-match men’s series scheduled to be played in Zimbabwe next month.

CRICKET: Pakistan and Bangladesh postpone a one-day international and a Test match, scheduled for early April.

DARTS: Premier League Darts event in Newcastle on Thursday 19 March is cancelled and rescheduled for 1 October.

FOOTBALL: The German Football League (DFL) announces a suspension of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 until April 3, but warned it was likely to last longer, with a review to take place on 30 March.

FOOTBALL: The final six rounds of the Australian A-League season are to be played behind closed doors.

FOOTBALL: The National League, the fifth tier of English football, is suspended until at least 3 April.

FOOTBALL: The Northern Premier League, the seventh-tier of English football, announces all fixtures are suspended until further notice.

FOOTBALL: Football Association advise grass roots football in England to be postponed.

FOOTBALL: EFL chairman Rick Parry says no decisions have been taken regarding the next steps after games were suspended until 3 April because of coronavirus.

FOOTBALL: The PFA postpones its annual awards ceremony, which was due to take place on 26 April.

FORMULA 1: A member of tyre supplier Pirelli’s Formula 1 team tests positive for coronavirus in Melbourne.

GOLF: The Sunshine Tour, based in southern Africa, suspends all activities and will review the situation on 20 April “or as the situation demands”.

GOLF: The Japan Championship, a PGA Tour Champions event which was due to take place from 8-14 June, is cancelled.

GYMNASTICS: British Gymnastics cancels all its events, including the FIG World Cup and the British Artistic Championships, until the end of June 2020.

HOCKEY: England Hockey suspends national hockey.

HORSE RACING: The head office of the British Horseracing Authority and Great British Racing are closed until further notice because of suspected cases amongst office-based staff.

HORSE RACING: All racing will go behind closed doors from Tuesday, the British Horseracing Authority announces. Racing also to be suspended in France.

HORSE RACING: The Grand National, due to take place on 4 April, is cancelled.

MOTORSPORT: Isle of Man TT from 30 May – 12 June is cancelled.

NETBALL: England Netball suspends netball activity across the country at all levels of the game.
ROWING: Men’s and women’s Boat Race on 29 March is cancelled.

RUGBY UNION: England’s Premiership is suspended for five weeks, covering four rounds of matches.

RUGBY UNION: European Rugby is suspended, with Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-final matches not going ahead as scheduled on 3-5 April.

RUGBY UNION: Rugby Football Union suspend all rugby activity in England from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review.

RUGBY UNION: The Scotland Women player who had contracted coronavirus is released from hospital.

RUGBY UNION: Club rugby around Australia shut down until at least the first week of May, covering matches, training and face-to-face education courses.

RUGBY UNION: South Africa Rugby suspends all competitive matches until 25 April at the earliest and calls off all national team training camps.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League and the Rugby Football League suspend the season until 3 April.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Dewsbury’s Championship match against Toulouse on Sunday is postponed after the French side decide not to travel to England.

SNOOKER: World Snooker says Tour Championship in Llandudno from from 17-22 March will still go ahead as planned but behind closed doors.

TENNIS: The WTA is suspended for a further two weeks, until 2 May.