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The 2020 Olympics were postponed to 2021 on March 24 – becoming one of the last major sporting events this summer to fall victim to the coronavirus.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a crucial conference call on Tuesday with Olympian chief Thomas Bach to formally decide on a plan and they chose to postpone it for 12 months.

The move also means that the Tokyo Paralympic Games will be subject to a one-year deadline.

Despite the delay, the name of the Delayed Games will still be Tokyo 2020, revealed city governor Yuriko Koike.

A joint statement by the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee reads as follows: “Under the current circumstances and based on the information provided by WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo should be postponed beyond 2020 but no later than the summer of 2021, in order to protect the health of athletes, all those involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

“Leaders have agreed that the Tokyo Olympics could be a glimmer of hope for the world in these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world is now.

“Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame would remain in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games would keep the name of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. ”

There was a great deal of skepticism as to whether the Olympic Games would continue and continue as planned when Games related events were canceled. The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit at Olympia.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed by one year due to coronavirus

Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed by one year due to coronavirus

Large crowds assaulted Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta despite repeated warnings from spectators not to attend because of the coronavirus.

This forced the Greek Olympic Committee’s decision to stop the torch relay on Greek soil only on the second day of its eight-day trip. This is the only time for the third time that a relay to Athens for the Summer Games has not been completed.

The Olympic flame will still be handed over to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday, March 19, but in the absence of fans.

Athletes have been told to continue training, but many have struggled with the government’s lockdowns.

On Friday, March 13, US President Donald Trump’s suggestion to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year because of the coronavirus was immediately shot down by the Japanese Olympic Minister.

“The IOC and the organizing committee have no plans to cancel or postpone – absolutely not at all,” said Seiko Hashimoto, Olympic bronze medalist, at a press conference in Tokyo.

On Tuesday March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of the vice-presidents of the Japanese Olympic Committee and president of the Japanese Football Association, tested positive for coronavirus.

The International Olympic Committee and the organizers of Tokyo have remained faithful to the message since the viral epidemic in China three months ago spread to Asia and then to the world: the games will open as scheduled on July 24.

Tokyo 2020 organizers received the Olympic flame during a scaled-down ceremony in the Greek capital on March 19.


The World Indoor Athletics Championships, scheduled to be held March 13-15 in Nanjing, have been postponed to March 2021.

The Indoor World Championships in Nanjing, China have been postponed due to concerns about the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread

The Indoor World Championships in Nanjing, China have been postponed due to concerns about the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread

North Korea canceled the Pyongyang marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lock due to the epidemic in South Korea, where the Seoul marathon is canceled in order to protect runners.

The Paris half-marathon is canceled and the French government has also decided to ban all public gatherings of more than 100 people, before ordering people to stay at home from March 15 onwards for at least 15 days. The race involving some 44,000 competitors was scheduled for Sunday, March 1. The organizers have declared that the race will be postponed to a date yet to be determined.

The London Marathon, which was scheduled to take place on April 26, has been postponed to October 4. Over 40,000 runners were expected to participate.

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


The Olympic boxing qualifications to be held in Wuhan were canceled by the International Olympic Committee, but were held in Amman from March 3 to 11.

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

The Japanese boxing commission has canceled all combat cards scheduled for March on the government’s advice to suspend all pending sports matches. They will not be reprogrammed.

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce's Battle of Britain postponed from April to July

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce’s Battle of Britain postponed from April to July

The British Boxing Board of Control announced Tuesday March 17 that all boxing events under its jurisdiction for March will be postponed due to the coronavirus.

The move postponed the heavyweight showdown between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce. The fight, which was drawn in pencil on April 11, has been postponed to July 11 at the O2 Arena.

Anthony Yarde, who was to fight Lyndon Arthur on the black card of the British confrontation, announced on March 29 that his father had died from the contraction of the coronavirus.

He revealed in an Instagram post that he had no underlying health issues and urged everyone to stay at home.

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

The European Olympic Boxing Qualification Tournament in London has been suspended. It was due to the safe qualification for Tokyo 2020 for 77 male and female boxers, with 322 participants.

Game room chief Eddie Hearn said Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defense against Kubrat Pulev, scheduled for June 20, could be reorganized for July. All the fights promoted by Matchroom in March and April have been postponed.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders, slated for May in Las Vegas, has been postponed before it is even announced, but the Mexican still plans to make the fight happen in June.


England’s tour of Sri Lanka was postponed on March 13, with the Cricket Council of England and Wales citing “unprecedented times”.

The decision was confirmed while Joe Root’s team were on the field at Colombo’s P Sara Oval, playing a warm-up game for a two-test series.

On March 18, the West Indies offered to host England’s next home test against them in the Caribbean rather than the United Kingdom – if the coronavirus epidemic has not improved by then. England are set to face the Windies in a series of three tests, which are expected to start at the Oval on June 4 but may be delayed until September. If playing the series in England proves impossible, CWI has offered to intervene for this series, as well as for the three tests of England against Pakistan, which should start on July 30. Although there are cases of Covid-19 in the Caribbean, its impact there has so far been limited.

The start of the Indian Premier League season has also been delayed until April 15. The 2020 campaign was scheduled to start on March 29. IPL franchises are also ready to quarantine their foreign players for a period of 14 days, if the travel restrictions are lifted to allow them to arrive.

On March 13, India’s one-day international series against South Africa was postponed, while Australia’s one-day international series against New Zealand will be played in camera.

Scotland’s one-day streak against the United States and the United Arab Emirates has been postponed. The matches were slated to take place in Florida in April.

England’s cricketers would not play a reprogrammed test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean until December at the earliest, it emerged on March 19.


The cycling Giro d’Italia has been canceled, with the race scheduled to start in Hungary in May.

The last two stages of the UAE tour were canceled after two members of the race staff were suspected of having the disease.

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov tested for coronavirus after being placed in isolation

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov tested for coronavirus after being placed in isolation

The Tour de France is threatened with cancellation, with departure scheduled for Nice to take place in just over three months on June 27. With the British and French governments predicting that the pandemic will last until summer, race organizers are considering alternative schedules.

The Paris-Roubaix cycling race, another major event on the French sports calendar, has been postponed due to the pandemic, while the April 5 Tour of Flanders, only canceled previously during the First World War, has also been postponed in a another sign that Le Tour is in serious danger.


This summer’s Euro 2020 tournament has been moved to next summer (2021) following a UEFA conference on March 17. The postponement allows the end of the European club competitions.

All football in England is suspended until at least April 30 – but the 2019-20 season should finally be over after the FA changed its own rules to extend the campaign INDEPENDENTLY after holding crisis talks on March 19.

Suspension decisions follow players and staff affected by the virus, or individuals self-isolating as a precaution after reporting symptoms compatible with Covid-19.

Premier League decides to cancel games after Coronavius' global outbreak

Premier League decides to cancel games after Coronavius’ global outbreak

The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been postponed as a “precautionary measure” after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis were tested Coronavirus positive weeks after watching his Greek team play at the Emirates Stadium.

On 13 March, UEFA announced that all matches scheduled for the Champions League and the Europa League have been postponed, as well as the draws for the quarter-finals for the two competitions. UEFA hopes to conclude the competitions this summer, but no date has yet been set.

Birmingham City has become the first championship team to see players take temporary 50% pay cuts to ease financial pressure. Leeds United quickly followed suit to continue paying all of its non-football staff.

All Chinese home games at all levels have been postponed and the season has been postponed, the first football to be affected by the epidemic in the country of origin. However, reports suggest that the league may resume on April 18 as China tackles the virus.

The Asian Champions League matches involving Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed until April.

The start of the Korean K-League season has been postponed. The four AFC Champions League teams play their matches behind closed doors.

The Japanese J-League has postponed all national games until mid-March, but further delays are inevitable.

Ludogorets players did not take a chance after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Ludogorets players were taking no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Italy, the country most affected by the virus outside of China, suffered a wave of cancellations before the government put the population under control. All sports, including Serie A games, have been suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.

In France, it was announced on Friday March 13 that there would be no top-level football in France immediately after their governing body postponed all matches.

In Spain, the Copa del Rey final of April 18 between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed. La Liga is also postponed until at least the end of March.

The German Bundesliga, the other major European league, is also suspended until at least April 3.

The Dutch Eredivisie and the Primeira Liga of Portugal are also suspended.

The Football Association of Ireland has announced that all football under its jurisdiction will cease until March 29.

Major League Soccer was suspended for 30 days until mid-April, as David Beckham’s first home game in Inter Miami was delayed.

The South American Football Confederation has postponed Copa America this year, scheduled to run from June 12 to July 12, until 2021.

FIFA has said that the new Club World Cup, which was originally scheduled to take place in China in June 2021, will be postponed and a new date will be announced when “there is more clarity about the situation”.

On March 13, the FA announced that all of England’s scheduled games for the month would be postponed, including those of the development teams. This means that England’s friendly matches with Italy and Denmark have been canceled.

The Euro 2020 play-offs due to take place on March 26, including Scotland against Israel, have been postponed until June.

Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus

Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus

The Manchester United clash on the Austrian side Lask was behind closed doors, United distributing £ 350 to each fan to help them get around and find accommodation after selling 900 tickets to the Europa League match.

Newcastle United has prohibited their players from shaking hands amid fears of the coronavirus.

Cristiano Ronaldo isolated himself in Madeira after it emerged that his Juventus teammate Daniele Rugani had a coronavirus. Team members Blaise Matuidi and Paolo Dybala also tested positive.

Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, who is on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, has tested positive for coronavirus.

In Spain, 35% of staff from the Valencia team tested positive for the coronavirus, all cases being asymptomatic.

The Real Madrid first team were in quarantine after a member of the basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. Both teams share the same training center.

Liverpool have announced that a charity match between the Reds Legends and the Barcelona Legends, scheduled to take place at Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.

FIFA has announced that it will postpone the South American World Cup qualification matches scheduled for March.

Arsenal director Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on March 12, with the entire team from the first team placed in isolation. The Gunners’ game against Brighton, scheduled for Saturday March 14, has been postponed.

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

The club’s first team isolated, while two buildings on its training ground in Cobham were closed.

Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, have sent players home to train alone following the British government’s growing crackdown on mass gatherings and unnecessary social contact.

West Ham chief Karren Brady has called for the season to be canceled while Aston Villa believes no team should be relegated. In this situation, fleeing league leader Liverpool could face the horror of being denied the title despite the fact that it is close to winning its first league trophy in almost 30 years.

Reports suggest that football organizations across England and the rest of Europe are preparing for a declared total shutdown in each league until September.

High-level English and Scottish football was initially suspended until April 3 at the earliest. The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, the FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship have all agreed to end the competition with immediate effect.

All English football levels below the North and South National League have been canceled and canceled without promotion or relegation due to the schedule decimated by the coronavirus epidemic.


The opening Australian Grand Prix of the season was canceled after a member of the McLaren team descended with Covid-19, which led the British team to withdraw before a decision was made. taken on the continuation of the race.

The announcement came hours after Lewis Hamilton said it was “shocking” for the race to continue.

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 was the first race to be postponed, with no decision on whether to re-enter the 2020 calendar later in the season.

The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, is also canceled, as is the first Vietnam Grand Prix, scheduled to take place in Hanoi on April 5.

It was hoped that the Dutch Grand Prix on May 3 would be the first race of the new season, but this was also postponed due to Covid-19.

The iconic Monaco Grand Prix of May 24 was canceled for the first time in 66 years before Formula 1 announced that its race in Azerbaijan had been postponed.

Chinese GP was the first to be canceled and other races may follow this example

The Chinese GP was the first to be canceled and other races may follow this example


On March 13, the Masters was postponed. In a statement posted online, Fred Ridley, president of the Augusta National Golf Club, said that the decision makers hope to organize the championship “at a later date”. The first male major of the year was scheduled to start on April 9.

The American PGA Championship, the second major of the year, has now joined the Masters by being postponed. It was scheduled to take place at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 11 to 17, but was postponed until the end of the summer.

After deciding to play without spectators from the second round of the Players Championship, the PGA Tour canceled the event completely after the first round on March 12.

They also canceled the following three events leading up to the Masters, but after that, four other events were canceled in April and May – the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic in New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson – also bit the dust. We hope that the season can resume at the end of May.

The European Tour canceled all tournaments until the popular Made in Denmark event on May 21. Many of them were slated to take place in China or East Asia in countries hard hit by the epidemic.

The women’s game was also hit by postponements and cancellations, with the first big year of the year, ANA Inspiration, the most prominent casualty.

Masters postponed for the first time since World War II

Masters postponed for the first time since World War II

Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open for medical reasons after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and was told to isolate himself. They were then reinstated in the tournament after being tested negative for the virus.


The Grand National was canceled following new restrictions imposed by the British government to combat the spread of the coronavirus, which made it impossible to stage the main play by Aintree on April 4.

The Japan Racing Association has revealed that “government sanctioned racing” will take place behind closed doors.

Races in Ireland attempted to take place behind closed doors from March 29 – but that decision was changed after the government canceled all sporting events.

The Dubai World Cup meeting will take place on March 28 “without paid spectators.”

Racing Post was forced to temporarily suspend the publication of the flagship daily racing newspaper for the first time since its creation in 1986 due to the suspension of all actions in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Cheltenham Festival unfolded despite travel disruption caused by virus

Cheltenham Festival unfolded despite travel disruption caused by virus


This year’s Six Nations will have to wait for its conclusion and all remaining games will be postponed.

England’s match with Italy and Ireland’s trip to France had already been canceled, with Wales and Scotland leaving until the day before canceling their match.

Saturday October 31 is a possible date for the last weekend of the matches.

The Six Nations of women have also been hit by postponements.

The Six Nations of Ireland meeting with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

Irish Six Nations meeting with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

The RFU suspended all levels of rugby in England until April 14, the announcement having been announced shortly after stopping the Premiership for five weeks.

The quarter-finals of the European Cup of Champions and the Challenge Cup have also been postponed. These matches were scheduled for April 3, 4 and 5.

The RFL and the Rugby League Super League have now followed suit and postponed all matches for at least three weeks. Eight Leeds Rhinos players have been confirmed to self-isolate.


Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II, when leaders of the All England Club canceled the tournament during an emergency meeting.

It was deemed impossible to return to the tournament later in the year, or to play it without fans, and the leaders therefore completely unplugged the tournament.

It is the first time that Wimbledon has not been held since 1945. A single Grand Slam has missed a year since the war, the 1986 Australian Open, and it was for technical reasons that the date was postponed. December to January.

The French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, has been postponed until September in a large lockout in France.

The major clay court tournament was scheduled from May 24 to June 7, but it went from September 20 to October 4 after the US Open, which was to be the last major tournament of the year.

The players quickly criticized the move, which created a conflict with the Laver Cup men’s team led by Roger Federer and a women’s tournament in China.

All ATP circuit events have been suspended for six weeks.

The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, scheduled to start on March 9, has been postponed until the eleventh hour. He came after a confirmed case of coronavirus in the neighboring Coachella valley.

The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko, of Ukraine, has been canceled. Both players were awarded ranking points and cash prizes to make it to the final. They were denied the opportunity to play behind closed doors.

China lost a Davis Cup draw because the men’s team couldn’t make it to Romania for the heats March 6-7.

WTA events have also been canceled. The WTA has announced that it is evaluating its schedule with a number of events scheduled for China in the second half of the season.

The International Tennis Federation has announced that the Fed Cup finals have been postponed. The event was slated to take place in Budapest in April and the competition’s play-off matches, which were to take place in eight different locations, were also suspended.

The WTA has also announced that no tournament will be held for at least five weeks.

Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II

Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II


The NBA has been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus. Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant confirmed on March 17 that he had tested positive for the virus alongside three unidentified teammates.

To reduce the risk of exposure to the virus, the NBA had told players to avoid taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph researchers.

The NHL has announced that it has interrupted the 2019-2020 season without any confirmed date for its resumption.

The UFC has canceled its next three events, though President Dana White continues to advance for the highly anticipated lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.

MotoGP has canceled its first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand.

The South Korean baseball league has canceled the 50 preseason games scheduled for March 14-24. It is the first time since the league was founded in 1982 that a full set of exhibition matches have been stopped.

The draw for the first stage of the World Table Tennis Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22 to 29, has been postponed.

A beach volleyball tournament, to be held in Yangzhou from April 22 to 26, has been postponed after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The World Short Track Speed ​​Skating Championship in Seoul is canceled.

The World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi has been postponed as a precaution.

The Canadian Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships have been canceled.

72 pre-season baseball games in Japan to take place behind closed doors

72 pre-season baseball games in Japan to take place behind closed doors

In badminton, the German Open (March 3-8), the Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and the Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, are canceled in raison d’une «  protection stricte de la santé  ».

La ligue professionnelle japonaise de baseball a pris la décision de jouer ses 72 matchs de pré-saison à huis clos jusqu’au 15 mars. Le baseball est parmi les sports les plus populaires au Japon.

Des doutes subsistent alors que les championnats asiatiques d’haltérophilie, prévus pour mars, sont délocalisés du Kazakhstan vers l’Ouzbékistan voisin. Ils pourraient encore être reportés.


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