Latest news on the effects of the coronavirus epidemic on sports around the world:
The Premier League says it still wants to finish its season.
The league held a call with the 20 football clubs, but did not provide any details on its recovery plan. The competition was suspended over a month ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The league only says it has discussed “possible programming models” and that “our goal is to finish the 2019-2020 season but at this point all dates are tentative as the impact of COVID-19 grows “
The league says it will only restart “with the full support of the government” and when “medical advice permits.”
Liverpool have a 25 point lead at the top of the standings with nine games left.
The NBA and WNBA say they plan to sell cloth face covers with the team and league logos and that all proceeds from the league will go to charity.
Profits will go to Feeding America in the United States and Second Harvest in Canada. These two organizations work to help the hungry.
Face cover manufacturers FOCO and Industry Rag will also step up their charitable efforts through sales. They will donate a face covering for each purchase to the beneficiary charities.
NBA Social Responsibility and Player Programs President Kathy Behrens said the masks will help fans meet CDC safety guidelines “while joining the league’s efforts to help those who have been directly affected by COVID-19 ”.
The fourth edition of the Laver Cup showcase event, founded by management company Roger Federer, has been postponed by a year due to changes to the tennis calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
He will now be at TD Garden in Boston from September 24 to 26, 2021.
The original dates were from September 25 to 27 of this year.
But the French Open moved its start from May to September 20 a month ago. This means that the Grand Slam tournament would have overlapped the Laver Cup. The exhibition tournament has attracted some of the best male tennis players in the past.
Federer called the Laver Cup date change announcement “unfortunate” and “disappointing” but also “the right thing to do for everyone involved.”
Tickets already purchased will be valid in 2021 or refundable.
The athletics governing body is leading an Olympic sports panel to advise on the safe organization of mass rally events in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
World Athletics says the epidemic prevention working group includes the International Institute of Race Medicine and officials from cycling, rowing, skiing, triathlon and the International Paralympic Committee.
They will receive comments from a member of the World Health Organization’s mass meetings expert group on coronaviruses.
The panel has its first meeting next week and plans to work with industry advisors, sponsors and the media. The goals include advice on assessing the risks and how the sport can “plan to return to normal activities in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic or similar future situations.”
Former Leeds defender Norman Hunter has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 76 years old.
Leeds says Hunter was admitted to the hospital last week and died on Friday.
Hunter has made 726 appearances for Leeds and has also played 28 times for England. He was part of the 1966 World Cup winning team and earned the nickname “Bites Yer Legs” due to his tough tackle.
Hunter also won two league titles and the FA Cup with Leeds.
The BMW International Open in Germany and the French Open golf tournaments were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Scottish Open was postponed.
The BMW International Open was scheduled to be played in Munich from June 25 to 28, and the French Open was scheduled to take place a week later.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has banned large public rallies in the country until August 31, and the French government did so until mid-July.
The Scottish Open was scheduled for July 9-12. Discussions on a new date are underway.
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