The Olympic torch relay in Greece used to be cancelled on Friday March 13 – upright a day after the flame used to be lit in Olympia.

Extensive crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta despite repeated warnings for spectators no longer to wait on thanks to coronavirus.

That compelled the resolution by the Greek Olympic Committee to extinguish the torch relay on Greek soil on upright the 2d day of its scheduled eight-day go. It’s the most easy the third time that a relay to Athens for the summer Games has no longer been carried out.

The Olympic flame will tranquil be handed over to the Tokyo 2020 organising committee on the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday March 19, but with out fans present. The originate up of the Jap relay, in Fukushima, will happen with out fans, and native governments are cancelling their welcoming ceremonies. 

The scale of the outbreak in Japan noticed senior World Olympic Committee member Dick Pound characterize the disease as ‘the glossy battle’ threatening Tokyo 2020 and he warned the Games would possibly maybe maybe deserve to be cancelled if the virus used to be tranquil around by Might maybe also merely.

Olympic organisers advised athletes to coach as typical and not utilizing a resolution on cancellation

The Jap executive later insisted Pound’s feedback had been no longer the IOC’s reliable stance but there remains doubts over whether or no longer the summer showcase can tranquil gallop ahead with effectively being concerns.

Athletes had been advised to preserve coaching and the opinion remains to preserve the Games in Japan as deliberate but coaching for around 80,000 volunteers has been delayed for a minimal of unless Might maybe also merely – it used to be due to originate up on February 22. 

On Friday March 13 US president Donald Trump’s suggestion to put off the Tokyo Olympics for a 365 days thanks to the coronavirus used to be true now shot down by Japan’s Olympic minister.

‘The IOC and the organising committee are no longer smitten by cancellation or a postponement – absolutely indisputably no longer,’ Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, advised a knowledge convention in Tokyo.

On Tuesday March 17, Kozo Tashima, one among the Jap Olympic Committee’s vice presidents and president of the Jap Soccer Affiliation, tested sure for coronavirus.  

The World Olympic Committee and Tokyo organisers dangle stayed on message for the reason that viral outbreak in China three months ago spread across Asia after which the globe: The games will originate as scheduled on July 24. 

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

World Athletics chief Lord Coe claimed it is just too early to ruin this summer’s Tokyo Olympics but has warned it will likely be executed if wanted on March 19.


The World Athletics Indoor Championships, which used to be due to be held from March 13-15 in Nanjing, is postponed unless March 2021.

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

North Korea cancelled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lockdown due to the level of outbreak in South Korea, the put the Seoul Marathon is cancelled in a dispute to protect runners.

The Paris half of-marathon is cancelled and the French executive also made up our minds to ban all public gatherings of extra than 100 of us, before ordering of us to pause at dwelling from March 15 for a minimal of 15 days. The tear exciting some 44,000 competitors used to be scheduled for Sunday March 1. Organisers acknowledged the tear will likely be postponed to a date but to be certain.

The London Marathon, which had been scheduled to happen on April 26, has been postponed unless October 4. Over 40,000 runners had been due to lift piece. 

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


Olympic boxing qualifiers to be staged in Wuhan had been cancelled by the World Olympic Committee, but went ahead in Amman from March 3-11.

The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 used to be postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy following the outbreak.

The Jap boxing commission cancelled all fight playing cards scheduled for March on executive suggestion to suspend all pending sporting fixtures. They would possibly maybe no longer be rescheduled.

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

The British Boxing Board of Administration launched on Tuesday March 17 that every body boxing events beneath their jurisdiction for March will likely be postponed due to the coronavirus.

That resolution has lead to the heavyweight conflict between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce being postponed. That fight, which had been penciled in for April 11, has been rescheduled for July 11 on the O2 Arena. 

Matchroom Boxing has also postponed all events scheduled for March and April, including Josh Kelly’s European title fight in opposition to Russia’s David Avanesyan (scheduled for March 28). 

The European Olympic boxing qualification tournament in London has been suspended. It used to be due to safe qualification for Tokyo 2020 for 77 male and female boxers, with 322 taking piece. 

Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn has acknowledged Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defence in opposition to Kubrat Pulev, which is scheduled for June 20, will likely be rearranged for July. All Matchroom promoted fights in March and April had been postponed. 

Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders, earmarked for Might maybe also merely in Las Vegas, used to be postponed before even being launched, nonetheless the Mexican is reportedly tranquil planning to fabricate the bout happen in June. 


England’s tour of Sri Lanka used to be postponed on March 13, with the England and Wales Cricket Board citing ‘fully remarkable cases’.

The resolution used to be confirmed while Joe Root’s facet had been in the sphere at Colombo’s P Sara Oval, contesting a warmth-up sport for a two-Test sequence.

On March 18, the West Indies equipped to host England’s upcoming dwelling Tests in opposition to them in the Caribbean as a substitute of in the UK – have to the coronavirus outbreak no longer dangle improved by then. England are due to face the Windies in a a three-Test sequence, which is thanks to originate up on the Oval on June 4 but will likely be delayed unless September. If taking part in the sequence in England proves unworkable, CWI dangle equipped to step in for this sequence, and also for England’s three Tests in opposition to Pakistan, due to originate up on July 30. Even when there are Covid-19 cases in the Caribbean, its affect there has been restricted so a ways. 

The originate up of the Indian Premier League season has also been delayed unless April 15. The 2020 marketing and marketing campaign had been location to originate up on March 29. The IPL franchises are also ready to quarantine their international gamers for a length of 14 days, if go restrictions are lifted to allow them to come.

On March 13, India’s ongoing one-day worldwide sequence in opposition to South Africa used to be postponed, while Australia’s one-day internationals in opposition to Contemporary Zealand will likely be played in the wait on of closed doors.

Scotland’s one-day sequence in opposition to the United States and UAE had been postponed. The games had been scheduled to be played in Florida in April. 

England’s cricketers wouldn’t play any rescheduled Test sequence in opposition to West Indies in the Caribbean unless December on the earliest, it emerged on March 19.


Biking’s Giro d’Italia has been known as off, with the tear scheduled to originate up in Hungary in Might maybe also merely. 

The final two stages of the UAE Tour had been cancelled after two members of team on the tear had been suspected of getting the disease. 

Danish bicycle owner Michael Morkov used to be tested for coronavirus after being put in isolation

The Tour de France is beneath threat of cancellation, with the scheduled originate up in Good taking device in precisely over three months, on June 27. With British and French governments awaiting that the pandemic will final unless the summer, tear organizers are studying quite a lot of scheduling. 

The Paris-Roubaix cycling tear, one more valuable tournament on the French sports actions calendar, used to be postponed due to the pandemic, while the April 5 Tour of Flanders, easiest beforehand cancelled all the device in which via World War I, used to be also postponed in an additional rate that Le Tour is beneath grave threat.


This summer’s Euro 2020 tournament has been moved to subsequent summer (2021) following a UEFA convention held on March 17. The postponement offers a huge gamble for European club competitions to be carried out.

All soccer in England is suspended unless a minimal of April 30 – but the 2019-20 season have to at final be carried out after the FA bend their possess tips to prolong the selling and marketing campaign INDEFINITELY after retaining crisis talks on March 19.

The selections to suspend follows gamers and team turning into plagued by the virus, or participants self-keeping apart as a precaution after reporting symptoms in step with Covid-19.

The Premier League has moved to ruin 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 Woodland owner Evangelos Marinakis tested sure for coronavirus weeks after watching his Greek team play on the Emirates Stadium. 

On March 13, UEFA launched all Champions League and Europa League fixtures scheduled are postponed, to boot to the quarter-final draws for both competitions. UEFA hope to achieve the competitions in the summer but no dates are but location. 

All Chinese language domestic fixtures in any appreciate levels had been postponed and the season pushed wait on, the valuable soccer to be plagued by the outbreak in the nation of its starting up put. Then again, reviews counsel that the league would possibly maybe maybe resume on April 18 as China gets to grip with the virus.

Asian Champions League suits exciting Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed unless April.

The originate up of the Korean Okay-League season is postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League are taking part in their suits in the wait on of closed doors.

Japan’s J-League postponed all domestic games unless the heart of March, but 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 originate air China, suffered a spate of cancellations before the manager put the population on lockdown. All sport, including Serie A games, had been suspended unless a minimal of April 3 to possess the virus.

In France, it used to be launched on Friday 13 March that there’ll likely be no top-flight soccer in France for the rapid future after their governing body postponed all suits.  

In Spain, April 18’s Copa del Rey final between between Athletic Bilbao and Precise Sociedad has been postponed. LaLiga is also postponed unless the pause of March a minimal of.

Germany’s Bundesliga, the assorted valuable European league, is also suspended unless April 3 a minimal of. 

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

The Soccer Affiliation of Ireland launched that every body soccer beneath its jurisdiction will extinguish unless March 29. 

Fundamental League Soccer has been suspended for 30 days unless mid-April with David Beckham’s first Inter Miami dwelling sport delayed.  

The South American Soccer Confederation postponed this 365 days’s Copa The US, due to happen from 12 June to 12 July, unless 2021.

FIFA acknowledged that the newly-expanded Club World Cup, first and most major scheduled to happen in China in June 2021, will likely be postponed and a brand glossy date launched when ‘there is extra readability on the disclose’.

On March 13, the FA launched that every body among England’s games scheduled for the month would be postponed, including these of construction teams. It formulation that England’s friendlies with Italy and Denmark had been known as off.    

Euro 2020 play-off suits due to be held on March 26, including Scotland v Israel had been prolong unless June. 

Olympiakos’ owner Evangelos Marinakis has tested sure for the coronavirus

Manchester United conflict at Austrian facet Lask used to be in the wait on of closed doors, with United handing out £350 to every fan to support with go and lodging after they sold 900 tickets for the Europa League sport. 

Newcastle United banned their gamers from shaking hands with every assorted 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 also tested sure. 

In other places in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, who’s on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, tested sure for coronavirus.

In Spain, 35% of Valencia’s squad team tested sure for coronavirus, with all cases being asymptomatic. 

Precise Madrid’s first-team squad had been in quarantine after a member of the basketball team tested sure for Covid-19. The two teams piece the identical coaching facility.   

Liverpool dangle launched a charity match between a Reds Legends facet and Barcelona Legends, due to be played at Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.

FIFA says this would possibly maybe maybe put off South American World Cup qualifying suits due to happen in March. 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested sure for coronavirus on March 12 with the total first-team squad being put into isolation. The Gunners’ sport in opposition to Brighton, scheduled for Saturday March 14, has been postponed.

In the early hours of Friday, March 13, Chelsea launched that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had been diagnosed with the illness.

The club’s first team went into self-isolation, while two buildings at their coaching ground in Cobham had been closed. 

Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester Metropolis, dangle sent gamers dwelling to coach by myself following the British executive’s rising crackdown on mass gatherings and pointless social contact.   

West Ham chief Karren Brady known as for the season to be null and void while Aston Villa take into accout no team have to be relegated. In this disclose Liverpool, the runaway league leaders, would possibly maybe maybe face the fright of being denied the title despite being on the purpose of securing their first league trophy in virtually 30 years.

Reviews counsel soccer our bodies across England and the relaxation of Europe are bracing themselves for a reported total shutdown of every league unless September.

High-level English and Scottish soccer used to be first and most major suspended unless April 3 on the earliest. The Soccer Affiliation, the Premier League, the English Soccer League, FA Women folk’s Neat League and FA Women folk’s Championship all agreed to call a extinguish to aggressive run with rapid perform. 


The season-opening Australian Extensive Prix used to be known as off after a McLaren team member got right here down with Covid-19, ensuing in the British team pulling out before a resolution being made on whether or no longer the tear would tranquil gallop ahead. 

The announcement got right here hours after Lewis Hamilton acknowledged it used to be ‘surprising’ that the tear used to be going ahead. 

The Chinese language Extensive Prix in Shanghai on April 19 used to be the valuable tear to be postponed, and not utilizing a resolution over whether or no longer this would possibly maybe maybe be reinserted into the 2020 calendar for later in the season. 

The Bahrain Extensive Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, is also most steadily known as off, as is the inaugural Vietnam Extensive Prix, which used to be scheduled to happen in Hanoi on April 5. 

It used to be hoped that the Dutch Extensive Prix on Might maybe also merely 3 would be the valuable tear of the glossy season but that has also been postponed due to Covid-19. 

The iconic Monaco Extensive Prix on Might maybe also merely 24 used to be cancelled for the valuable time in 66 years before Components One launched their tear in Azerbaijan had been postponed. 

The Chinese language GP used to be first to be cancelled and quite a lot of races would possibly maybe maybe but apply that lead


On March 13, the Masters used to be postponed. In an announcement launched online, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, emphasised that the resolution makers hope to preserve the championship ‘at some later date’. The first males’s valuable of the 365 days used to be due to originate up on April 9.

The US PGA Championship, the 2d valuable of the 365 days, has now joined the  Masters in being postponed. It had been due to happen at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from Might maybe also merely 11-17, but has been rescheduled for later this summer.

After deciding to play and not utilizing a spectators from the 2d round of the Avid gamers Championship onwards, the PGA Tour cancelled the tournament entirely after the valuable round on March 12. 

They also scrapped the next three events leading as much as the Masters, but after that used to be cancelled four additional events in April and Might maybe also merely – the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Traditional of Contemporary Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson – also bit the mud. It’s hoped that the season would possibly maybe maybe furthermore be resumed in gradual Might maybe also merely.

The European Tour dangle cancelled all tournaments unless the everyday Made in Denmark tournament on Might maybe also merely 21. Many of them had been due to be held in China or east Asia in countries badly hit by the outbreak.

The girls’s sport has also been hit by postponements and cancellations, with the 365 days’s first valuable, the ANA Inspiration, the excellent profile casualty.

The Masters has been postponed for the valuable time for the reason that 2d World War

Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari had been withdrawn from the Oman Initiate on medical grounds after Gagli confirmed symptoms of the virus. He shared a resort room with Molinari and he used to be advised to self-isolate. They had been later reinstated to the tournament after discovering out detrimental for the virus. 


The Extensive National used to be known as off following glossy British executive restrictions to fight the spread of coronavirus made it very no longer going to stage the Aintree showpiece on April 4. The Cheltenham Festival went ahead amid some criticism before the social distancing measures had been tightened. 

The Japan Racing Affiliation printed that ‘executive-sanctioned races’ will gallop ahead in the wait on of closed doors.  

Racing in Ireland is to happen in the wait on of closed doors starting up unless March 29.  

The Dubai World Cup meeting will gallop ahead on March 28 ‘with out paid hospitality spectators’. 

The Cheltenham Festival went ahead despite go disruption precipitated by the virus


This 365 days’s Six Countries will deserve to pause unsleeping for its conclusion with all final games postponed.

England’s sport with Italy and Ireland’s day out to France had already been known as off with Wales and Scotland leaving it unless the day before before calling off their sport. 

Saturday, 31 October is a that which you would possibly maybe maybe deem of date for the final weekend of suits. 

The Women folk’s Six Countries has also been hit by postponements.

Ireland’s Six Countries attain across with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

The RFU has suspended all levels of rugby in England unless April 14, with the announcement coming quickly after the Premiership used to be halted for 5 weeks. 

The quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup and Affirm Cup dangle also been postponed. Those games had been scheduled for April 3, 4 and 5.   

The RFL and rugby league’s Neat League dangle now adopted suit and postponed all fixtures for a minimal of three weeks. Eight Leeds Rhinos gamers had been confirmed to be self-keeping apart.  


The French Initiate, one among the four Extensive Slam tournaments, is postponed unless September amid a huge lockdown in France.

The clay-court valuable used to be scheduled for Might maybe also merely 24 to June 7, but that has shifted to September 20 to October 4, after the US Initiate, which used to be due to be the final valuable of the 365 days. 

Avid gamers had been hasty to criticise the circulate, which has created a battle with the Laver Cup males’s team tournament spearheaded by Roger Federer, and a girls’s tournament in China.

All events on the ATP Tour had been suspended for six weeks. 

The BNP Paribas Initiate at Indian Wells in California, location to originate up on March 9, used to be postponed on the eleventh hour.  It got right here after a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the inner sight Coachella Valley.

The final of an ATP Challenger tournament in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine used to be cancelled. Both gamers obtained ranking points and prize cash for getting to the final. They had been denied the assorted to play in the wait on of closed doors.

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie for the reason that males’s team had been unable to go to Romania for the March 6-7 play-off.

WTA events dangle also been cancelled. The WTA launched they are assessing their agenda with so much of events location for China in the 2d half of of the season.

The World Tennis Federation has launched that the Fed Cup finals had been postponed. The tournament used to be due to be held in Budapest in April and the competitors’s play-offs, which had been location to happen in eight assorted places, dangle also been placed on preserve.

The WTA also launched no tournaments will likely be staged for a minimal of 5 weeks.   


The NBA has been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz gamers shrunk the virus. On March 17 Brooklyn Nets megastar Kevin Durant confirmed he had tested sure for the virus alongside three unnamed team-mates.

In an wait on to diminish risks of exposure to the virus, the NBA had advised gamers to keep a ways from taking objects similar to pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph seekers. 

The NHL has launched it has paused the 2019-20 season and not utilizing a date confirmed for when this would possibly maybe maybe resume. 

The UFC has cancelled its subsequent three events, despite the truth that president Dana White is tranquil pushing ahead for the highly-anticipated lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. 

MotoGP dangle 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’s the valuable time for the reason that leagues inception in 1982 that a complete location of exhibition suits are off. 

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

A seaside volleyball tournament, due to be held in Yangzhou from April 22-26, is postponed unless after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

World Short be conscious dawdle skating championship in Seoul is cancelled.

The World Triathlon Series tournament in Abu Dhabi used to be postponed as a precautionary measure.  

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

All 72 pre-season baseball games in Japan are to happen in the wait on of closed doors

In badminton, the German Initiate (March 3-8), Vietnam Initiate (March 24-29) and Polish Initiate (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, are cancelled due to ‘strict effectively being security’. 

The Jap skilled baseball league made the resolution to play their 72 pre-season games in the wait on of closed doors unless March 15. Baseball is with out doubt one of the many most standard sports actions in Japan.  

Doubts remain as the Asian weightlifting championships, scheduled for March, are relocated from Kazakhstan to neighbouring Uzbekistan. They must be postponed. 

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