Coronavirus pandemic: List of various sporting events disrupted by COVID-19

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The novel coronavirus pandemic has already affected and reshaped the professional sports landscape in Europe and is now forcing cancellation and postponement of sporting events across the globe. Many matches are taking place in the absence of spectators as a preventive measure to stop the outbreak to spread. Here is a list of international sports events hit…

The novel coronavirus pandemic has already affected and reshaped the professional sports landscape in Europe and is now forcing cancellation and postponement of sporting events across the globe. Many matches are taking place in the absence of spectators as a preventive measure to stop the outbreak to spread.

Here is a list of international sports events hit by the coronavirus pandemic:


The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia was held without spectators.

The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) suspended the remainder of the Torch relay through the country to avoid attracting crowds.


US Olympic trials for wrestling, originally scheduled for 4-5 April at Penn State University, were postponed.

US Rowing postponed its Olympic team trials and will not run a national team event for 30 days.

US Olympic diving trials, which were scheduled for 3-5 April in Tucson, Arizona, were postponed. All USA Diving events postponed for next 30 days.


The NBA has suspended its season until further notice. Two players, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of Utah Jazz, tested positive earlier this week.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday night that the league’s hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic will likely last at least a month

The NHL has suspended its season.

The MLB will delay its 2020 season’s opening day of 26 March by at least two weeks. It said Spring Training camps were also suspended.


The World Athletics Indoor Championships, scheduled for Nanjing from 13-15 March, have been postponed until next year.

The Paris and Barcelona marathons have been postponed.

The annual London marathon which was due to take place on 26 April was postponed to 4 October.

The race walking team championship scheduled for 2-3 May in Minsk was postponed.


All the remaining 28 matches of the I-League, including Sunday’s marquee Kolkata derby between champions Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, will be played in empty stadiums owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the All India Football Federation said on Friday.

UEFA have postponed all Champions League and Europa League matches due to take place next week because of the coronavirus outbreak, European football’s governing body said in a statement on Friday.

Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi has tested positive for the coronavirus and all first-team players and coaching staff will now self-isolate, the Premier League club said.

All elite soccer matches in England, including the Premier League, Football League (EFL) and Women’s Super League (WSL), were suspended until 4 April.

However, the National League – the fifth-tier of English football – said all its weekend’s matches will go ahead, including the lower level Conference North and South divisions.

The German Football League (DFL) called off matches scheduled for 13-15 March in the Bundesliga and second tier Bundesliga 2. They recommended that both leagues be suspended until 2 April.

UEFA postponed all Champions League and Europa League matches due to take place next week.

The Confederation of African Football has postponed two rounds of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for 25-31 March.

CONCACAF suspended all competitions scheduled to take place over the next 30 days, including the Champions League and men’s Olympic qualifiers.

The Paraguayan FA has suspended all games until 24 March and recommended that clubs stop collective training sessions.

The Colombian league has suspended all tournaments until further notice.

The Chilean FA ordered all games due to be played between 19 March and 19 April take place without fans.

The top two tiers of French football — Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 — have been suspended until further notice.

All soccer matches in Spain’s top two divisions were postponed for two weeks.

England’s friendly internationals against Italy and Denmark at Wembley on 27 and 31 March will not take place, while Denmark cancelled their 27 March friendly against the Faroe Islands.

The Norwegian Football Federation said it did not plan to hold Norway’s Euro 2020 playoff match against Serbia that was scheduled for 26 March.

Poland’s soccer league has postponed all games at least until the end of March. The resumption date is expected to be announced next week.

US Major League Soccer has suspended its season.

US Soccer’s Open Cup Committee has suspended its 2020 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

All football in the Netherlands was suspended until the end of March. The national team cancelled their Euros warm-up matches against the United States (26 March) and Spain (29 March).

FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation have agreed to postpone Asian World Cup qualifying matches in March and June.

FIFA said South American qualifying matches between 23-31 March for the 2022 World Cup were postponed.

* Bundesliga: Borussia Moenchengladbach v Cologne (11 March) was played without fans. RB Leipzig v SC Freiburg and Borussia Dortmund v Schalke 04 (both 14 March) will be played in empty stadiums.

Spain’s Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad (Seville; 18 April) was postponed.

New seasons in the Chinese, Japanese and South Korean leagues were postponed.

A four-team event in Doha featuring Croatia, Portugal, Belgium and Switzerland (26-30 March) was cancelled.

A friendly between Germany and Italy (Nuremberg; 31 March) will take place without fans.

Tickets are not being sold for the Euro 2020 qualifying playoff semi-finals between Bulgaria and Hungary and Bosnia and Northern Ireland.

Asian Champions League: Matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG were postponed. The start of the knockout rounds was moved back to September.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) ordered all games due to be played in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to take place without fans until further notice.

 Coronavirus pandemic: List of various sporting events disrupted by COVID-19

A sign advises people to keep a one meter distance between each other at the entrance of the Juventus stadium, as a measure against coronavirus contagion. AP


Euroleague Basketball suspended all 2019-20 EuroLeague, EuroCup and Euroleague Next Generation Tournament games.


Formula One have cancelled the Australian Grand Prix and postponed the next three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China.

They hope to start the season in Europe at the end of May, putting the Dutch and Spanish races currently scheduled for 3 and 10 May in Zandvoort and Barcelona in doubt.

Four rounds of the MotoGP season in Qatar, Thailand, Texas and Argentina will not go ahead as scheduled.

NASCAR races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (15 March) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (22 March) will be held without fans.

Round four of the World Rally Championship in Argentina that was scheduled for 23-26 April has been postponed.

The World Rallycross Championship opener in Catalunya-Barcelona scheduled for 18-19 April has been postponed.


The ATP suspended its professional men’s tennis tour for six weeks after the Miami Open (23 March- 5 April 5) was cancelled.

The Fed Cup finals (Budapest; 14-19 April) were postponed.

The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells was cancelled.

The WTA said its events in Mexico and Colombia in March and April would not be held. The Xi’an Open and Kunming Open had already been cancelled.


Four Six Nations matches were postponed.

The Singapore and Hong Kong legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series were postponed from April to October.

Rugby Europe announced a suspension of all its matches and tournaments from 13 March to 15 April.

France’s rugby federation said on Friday that it was suspending all its competitions.

The Premiership Rugby Cup final on Sunday (15 March) has been postponed.


Two World Rowing Cups and the European Olympic Qualification Regatta, all scheduled for Italy, were cancelled./


SailGP has canceled its San Francisco event scheduled for 2-13 May.


The world championships in South Korea, were pushed back provisionally from March to June.


The International skiing federation cancelled the final races of the men’s Alpine skiing.

The World Cup finals in Cortina were cancelled along with the last three women’s races in Are.

The women’s world ice hockey championships in Canada were cancelled.

The Speed skating world championships in Seoul have been postponed until at least October.

The March 16-22 world figure skating championships in Montreal were cancelled.


The year’s first major, the Masters, has been postponed from 9-12 April to ‘some later date’.

The Players Championship in Florida was cancelled after the first round. The next three PGA events have also been scrapped.

The Honda LPGA Thailand event and the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore were cancelled.

The Indian Open, the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur and the China Open have all been postponed.


The final two stages of the UAE Tour were cancelled after two Italian participants tested positive.

The Paris-Nice cycling race will end a day early after the eighth stage into Nice was cancelled.

The Giro d’Italia, scheduled to start in Budapest, Hungary on 9 May, has been postponed.


The final qualification tournament in Taiwan for the Olympics was put back from April to 17-21 June, while the 22-26 March qualification event in Arizona was postponed.

Japan’s professional league postponed the start of the season.


Australia’s three-match one-day series against New Zealand in Sydney and Hobart is being held without fans. Meanwhile, Australia women’s tour to South Africa has been postponed indefinitely.

The ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic affected another major sporting event on Friday with the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 being postponed to 15 April from 29 March.

The two remaining ODIs between India and South Africa in Lucknow and Kolkata were on Friday called off owing to the COVID-19 threat as the country’s sports calendar continued to go haywire because of the global pandemic.

England cancelled their Test series in Sri Lanka due to global coronavirus pandemic


The International Judo Federation cancelled all Olympic qualification events through to the end of April.


The All-Around World Cup (Stuttgart; 20-22 March) was cancelled.


The International Handball Federation has postponed all competitions in March, April and June.

The European Handball Federation said matches until 12 April will not be held as scheduled.


The Professional Squash Association said World Tour and Challenger Tour events taking place up to and including the week commencing 27 April will not take place.


The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has suspended all BWF World Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments from 16 March until 12 April.

The India Open badminton tournament was on Friday suspended at least till 12 April after the Badminton World Federation (BWF) decided to halt all events from 16 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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With inputs from Reuters  

Updated Date: Mar 14, 2020 10:31:47 IST

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