Cancellations everywhere: Coronavirus impacts world of sports

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has done huge damage to various sports around the world.

Football is amongst those which was impacted badly with the cancellation of matches this season in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and all other leagues around Europe.

Champions League and Europa League matches, qualifications and draws were also called off as the virus spread quickly all over the continent.


Cancellations of other sports events all over the world became the trend.

The International Olympic Committee on Monday decided to cancel the 2020 Olympics in Japan and re-scheduled it for the summer of 2021.

The announcement was made by IOC member Dick Pound as Britain, Canada and Australia made an earlier threat to boycott the Games if it were held as scheduled July 24 to August 9 this year.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the IOC later confirmed the cancellation of the Games.

The Olympics, held every four years, is the biggest sporting event in the world.

In Brazil, the Brazilian Football Confederation suspended all national tournaments until further notice.


The London Marathon set for April 6 has been moved to October 4. The Manchester marathon set for April 5, was also halted so as the Edinburgh Marathon.

Boxing Olympic qualification in London was also suspended after the conclusion of last Monday’s evening session.


The head office of the British Horseracing Authority and Great British Racing were closed, while racing in France was also suspended.

European Rugby was also suspended, with the England Premiership also cancelled for five weeks.


NBA games in the United States were also cancelled, while the start of major League Baseball was delayed indefinitely.

The National Football League said they will go on with the 2020 NFL Draft but has put off all public events set for April 23-25 in La Vegas.


Tennis action was also suspended for further two weeks, according to the World Tennis Association (WTA), whilst the International Cycling Union suspended all events until at least April 3.

In Formula 1 racing, Ferrari shut down their production of F1 and road car factories, whilst the start of the season called off. The Bahrain Grand Prix and Vietnam Grand Prix were both cancelled.


In golf, The Masters set to start April 9, was called off so as the Players Championship after just one round. Also postponed were the European Tour, Czech masters and the Challenge Tour.

In taekwondo, the European Senior Championship in Zagreb are postponed along with the European Olympic and Para-taekwondo qualification.

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