Coronavirus: Sporting events postponed, cancelled and at risk

The global outbreak of the Coronavirus is impacting sporting events.

Last updated: 6 March 2020.

This article will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

At the time of writing, the global cases for the Covid-19 virus, otherwise known as the coronavirus, was heading towards 100 000 with over 3000 fatalities in almost 100 different countries. In places like Italy, schools and universities have been shut down in a bid to contain the virus.

As the world battles to contain the outbreak, sporting events are being postponed or could be cancelled completely. Here, we’ll aim to keep running updates of the sporting events which fall into any of these categories. While we endeavour to keep the list as comprehensive as possible, there might be some omissions.

Six Nations Rugby Coronavirus

Postponed: Six Nations

England’s match against Italy in Rome has been called off. Ireland’s matches in Dublin against Italy has been postponed.

Tournament status: At risk of not being completed. The last time this happened was in 1972 where political unrest in Dublin caused matches to be cancelled. The foot and mouth outbreak of 2001 led to matches being postponed.

Postponed: World Series Sevens

Two legs of the 2020 World Series Sevens series – Singapore and Hong Kong – have been postponed to October.

Tournament status: Going ahead as scheduled elsewhere.

Euro 2020

The tournament is scheduled to begin in Rome on 12 June with matches scheduled to be played across Europe.

Tournament status: Uefa says it is “under constant scrutiny” and will monitor the situation country by country.

Olympics Coronovirus

2020 Olympics and Paralympics

IOC president, Thomas Bach, insists that the tournament will go ahead as planned. A decision could be made at the end of May.

Competition status: Going ahead, cancellation more likely than postponement or relocating the event, should a call be made.

Serie A Coronavirus

Behind closed doors: Serie A and more

A number of Coppa Italia semi-final ties have been postponed while Italy also ordered all major sporting events to be played behind closed doors.

CAF Champions League

Tunisia has banned its fans from attending the events involving its clubs.

Moroccan football

All matches to be played without fans from 5 March onwards.

Postponed: World Athletics Indoor Championships

Originally scheduled for Nanjing from 13-15 March, it has been postponed to next year.

Cancelled or under review: Tennis

WTA events in China have been cancelled while others are under review. The ATP Challenger tournament in Italy has been cancelled.

Relocated: Boxing

Olympic qualifiers scheduled for Wuhan has been relocated to Jordan.

Grand Prix Coronovirus

Postponed: Chinese Grand Prix

The curtain raiser is set for 15 March, but there are several uncertainties around the Australian Grand Prix.

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Staff Reporter