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Premier League stars are ‘ready to revolt over plans to stage games behind closed doors in May’


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

Large crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron within the Greek town of Sparta in spite of repeated warnings for spectators to not attend on account of coronavirus.

That pressured the verdict via the Greek Olympic Committee to halt the torch relay on Greek soil on simply the second one day of its scheduled eight-day adventure. It is the one the 3rd time {that a} relay to Athens for the summer season Games has now not been finished.

The Olympic flame will nonetheless be passed over to the Tokyo 2020 setting up committee on the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday March 19, however with out lovers provide. The get started of the Japanese relay, in Fukushima, will happen with out lovers, and native governments are cancelling their welcoming ceremonies. 

The scale of the outbreak in Japan noticed senior International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound describe the illness as ‘the brand new warfare’ threatening Tokyo 2020 and he warned the Games might must be cancelled if the virus used to be nonetheless round via May.

Olympic organisers instructed athletes to coach as customary with out a resolution on cancellation

The Japanese authorities later insisted Pound’s feedback weren’t the IOC’s professional stance however there stays doubts over whether or not the summer season show off can nonetheless pass forward with well being issues.

Athletes were instructed to stay coaching and the plan stays to carry the Games in Japan as deliberate however coaching for round 80,000 volunteers has been behind schedule for a minimum of till May – it used to be because of start on February 22. 

On Friday March 13 US president Donald Trump’s recommendation to delay the Tokyo Olympics for a 12 months on account of the coronavirus used to be instantly shot down via Japan’s Olympic minister.

‘The IOC and the setting up committee don’t seem to be bearing in mind cancellation or a postponement – completely in no way,’ Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, instructed a information convention in Tokyo.

On Tuesday March 17, Kozo Tashima, probably the most Japanese Olympic Committee’s vice presidents and president of the Japanese Football Association, examined sure for coronavirus.  

The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organisers have stayed on message for the reason that viral outbreak in China 3 months in the past unfold throughout Asia after which the globe: The video games will open as scheduled on July 24. 

Tokyo 2020 organisers won the Olympic flame in a scaled-down handover rite within the Greek capital on March 19.

World Athletics leader Lord Coe claimed it’s too early to cancel this summer season’s Tokyo Olympics however has warned it might be executed if vital on March 19.


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

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

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed because of issues over the risk of the coronavirus and its skill to unfold

North Korea cancelled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after enforcing a border lockdown because of the extent of outbreak in South Korea, the place the Seoul Marathon is cancelled in a bid to offer protection to runners.

The Paris half-marathon is cancelled and the French authorities additionally determined to prohibit all public gatherings of greater than 100 other folks, earlier than ordering other folks to stick at house from March 15 for a minimum of 15 days. The race involving some 44,000 competition used to be scheduled for Sunday March 1. Organisers stated the race shall be postponed to a date but to be decided.

The London Marathon, which have been scheduled to happen on April 26, has been postponed till October 4. Over 40,000 runners have been because of participate. 

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


Olympic boxing qualifiers to be staged in Wuhan have been cancelled via the International Olympic Committee, however went forward in Amman from March 3-11.

The IBF identify battle between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 used to be postponed via Matchroom because of restrictions in Italy following the outbreak.

The Japanese boxing fee cancelled all battle playing cards scheduled for March on authorities recommendation to droop all pending wearing fixtures. They is probably not rescheduled.

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce's Battle of Britain has been pushed back from April to July

Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce’s Battle of Britain has been driven again from April to July

The British Boxing Board of Control introduced on Tuesday March 17 that every one boxing occasions beneath their jurisdiction for March shall be postponed because of the coronavirus.

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

Matchroom Boxing has additionally postponed all occasions scheduled for March and April, together with Josh Kelly’s European identify battle in opposition to Russia’s David Avanesyan (scheduled for March 28). 

The European Olympic boxing qualification event in London has been suspended. It used to be because of protected qualification for Tokyo 2020 for 77 female and male boxers, with 322 participating. 

Matchroom Boxing leader Eddie Hearn has stated Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight identify defence in opposition to Kubrat Pulev, which is scheduled for June 20, might be rearranged for July. All Matchroom promoted fights in March and April were postponed. 

Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders, earmarked for May in Las Vegas, used to be postponed earlier than even being introduced, alternatively the Mexican is reportedly nonetheless making plans to make the bout occur in June. 


England’s excursion of Sri Lanka used to be postponed on March 13, with the England and Wales Cricket Board mentioning ‘utterly remarkable occasions’.

The resolution used to be showed whilst Joe Root’s aspect have been within the box at Colombo’s P Sara Oval, contesting a warm-up sport for a two-Test sequence.

On March 18, the West Indies presented to host England’s upcoming house Tests in opposition to them within the Caribbean as an alternative of in the United Kingdom – must the coronavirus outbreak now not have progressed via then. England are because of face the Windies in a a three-Test sequence, which is because of get started on the Oval on June Four however might be behind schedule till September. If taking part in the sequence in England proves unworkable, CWI have presented to step in for this sequence, and in addition for England’s 3 Tests in opposition to Pakistan, because of get started on July 30. Although there are Covid-19 instances within the Caribbean, its have an effect on there was restricted thus far. 

The get started of the Indian Premier League season has additionally been behind schedule till April 15. The 2020 marketing campaign have been set to begin on March 29. The IPL franchises also are able to quarantine their overseas avid gamers for a length of 14 days, if shuttle restrictions are lifted so they can arrive.

On March 13, India’s ongoing one-day world sequence in opposition to South Africa used to be postponed, whilst Australia’s one-day internationals in opposition to New Zealand shall be performed in the back of closed doorways.

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

England’s cricketers would now not play any rescheduled Test sequence in opposition to West Indies within the Caribbean till December on the earliest, it emerged on March 19.


Cycling’s Giro d’Italia has been known as off, with the race scheduled to begin in Hungary in May. 

The last two levels of the UAE Tour have been cancelled after two participants of team of workers at the race have been suspected of getting the illness. 

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for coronavirus after being put in isolation

Danish bike owner Michael Morkov used to be examined for coronavirus after being installed isolation

The Tour de France is beneath danger of cancellation, with the scheduled get started in Nice happening in simply over 3 months, on June 27. With British and French governments expecting that the pandemic will ultimate till the summer season, race organizers are learning selection scheduling. 

The Paris-Roubaix biking race, some other main tournament at the French sports activities calendar, used to be postponed because of the pandemic, whilst the April 5 Tour of Flanders, best in the past cancelled right through World War I, used to be additionally postponed in an additional signal that Le Tour is beneath grave danger.


This summer season’s Euro 2020 event has been moved to subsequent summer season (2021) following a UEFA convention hung on March 17. The postponement supplies a possibility for European membership competitions to be finished.

All soccer in England is suspended till no less than April 30 – however the 2019-20 season must ultimately be finished after the FA bend their very own laws to increase the marketing campaign INDEFINITELY after maintaining disaster talks on March 19.

The selections to droop follows avid gamers and team of workers turning into suffering from the virus, or folks self-isolating as a precaution after reporting signs in step with Covid-19.

The Premier League has moved to cancel games following the global outbreak of coronavius

The Premier League has moved to cancel video games following the worldwide outbreak of coronavius

The Premier League conflict between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been postponed as a ‘precautionary measure’ after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest proprietor Evangelos Marinakis examined sure for coronavirus weeks after gazing his Greek crew play on the Emirates Stadium. 

On March 13, UEFA introduced all Champions League and Europa League fixtures scheduled are postponed, in addition to the quarter-final attracts for each competitions. UEFA hope to conclude the competitions in the summertime however no dates are but set. 

All Chinese home fixtures in any respect ranges have been postponed and the season driven again, the primary soccer to be suffering from the outbreak within the nation of its starting place. However, experiences recommend that the league may just resume on April 18 as China will get to grip with the virus.

Asian Champions League fits involving Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed till April.

The get started of the Korean Okay-League season is postponed. The 4 groups within the AFC Champions League are taking part in their fits in the back of closed doorways.

Japan’s J-League postponed all home video games till the center of March, however additional delays are inevitable. 

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

Ludogorets avid gamers have been taking no possibilities after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Italy, the rustic worst hit via the virus outdoor China, suffered a spate of cancellations earlier than the federal government put the inhabitants on lockdown. All game, together with Serie A video games, have been suspended till no less than April Three to comprise the virus.

In France, it used to be introduced on Friday 13 March that there shall be no top-flight soccer in France for the instant long term after their governing frame postponed all fits.  

In Spain, April 18’s Copa del Rey last between between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed. Los angelesLiga could also be postponed till the tip of March no less than.

Germany’s Bundesliga, the opposite main European league, could also be suspended till April Three no less than. 

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

The Football Association of Ireland introduced that every one soccer beneath its jurisdiction will stop till March 29. 

Major League Soccer has been suspended for 30 days till mid-April with David Beckham’s first Inter Miami house sport behind schedule.  

The South American Football Confederation postponed this 12 months’s Copa America, because of happen from 12 June to 12 July, till 2021.

FIFA stated that the newly-expanded Club World Cup, at the beginning scheduled to happen in China in June 2021, shall be postponed and a brand new date introduced when ‘there’s extra readability at the state of affairs’.

On March 13, the FA introduced that every one of England’s video games scheduled for the month can be postponed, together with the ones of construction groups. It implies that England’s friendlies with Italy and Denmark were known as off.    

Euro 2020 play-off fits because of be hung on March 26, together with Scotland v Israel were cast off till June. 

Olympiakos' owner Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for the coronavirus

Olympiakos’ proprietor Evangelos Marinakis has examined sure for the coronavirus

Manchester United conflict at Austrian aspect Lask used to be in the back of closed doorways, with United handing out £350 to every fan to assist with shuttle and lodging when they bought 900 tickets for the Europa League sport. 

Newcastle United banned their avid gamers from shaking fingers with every different amid coronavirus fears. 

Cristiano Ronaldo went into isolation in Madeira after it emerged that his Juventus team-mate, Daniele Rugani, has coronavirus. Squad participants Blaise Matuidi and Paolo Dybala additionally examined sure. 

Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, who’s on mortgage from Wolverhampton Wanderers, examined sure for coronavirus.

In Spain, 35% of Valencia’s squad team of workers examined sure for coronavirus, with all instances being asymptomatic. 

Real Madrid’s first-team squad have been in quarantine after a member of the basketball crew examined sure for Covid-19. The two groups proportion the similar coaching facility.   

Liverpool have introduced a charity fit between a Reds Legends aspect and Barcelona Legends, because of be performed at Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.

FIFA says it’ll delay South American World Cup qualifying fits because of happen in March. 

Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta examined sure for coronavirus on March 12 with all the 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 introduced that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have been identified with the sickness.

The membership’s first crew went into self-isolation, whilst two constructions at their coaching floor in Cobham have been closed. 

Premier League golf equipment, together with Manchester United and Manchester City, have despatched avid gamers house to coach on my own following the British authorities’s expanding crackdown on mass gatherings and useless social touch.   

West Ham leader Karren Brady known as for the season to be null and void whilst Aston Villa consider no crew must be relegated. In this example Liverpool, the runaway league leaders, may just face the horror of being denied the identify in spite of being on the point of securing their first league trophy in just about 30 years.

Reports recommend soccer our bodies throughout England and the remainder of Europe are bracing themselves for a reported general shutdown of each league till September.

Top-level English and Scottish soccer used to be first of all suspended till April Three on the earliest. The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship all agreed to name a halt to aggressive motion with quick impact. 


The season-opening Australian Grand Prix used to be known as off after a McLaren crew member got here down with Covid-19, resulting in the British crew pulling out previous to a choice being made on whether or not the race would nonetheless pass forward. 

The announcement got here hours after Lewis Hamilton stated it used to be ‘stunning’ that the race used to be going forward. 

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 used to be the primary race to be postponed, with out a resolution over whether or not it’ll be reinserted into the 2020 calendar for later within the season. 

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

It used to be was hoping that the Dutch Grand Prix on May Three will be the first race of the brand new season however that has additionally been postponed because of Covid-19. 

The iconic Monaco Grand Prix on May 24 used to be cancelled for the primary time in 66 years earlier than Formula One introduced their race in Azerbaijan have been postponed. 

The Chinese GP was first to be cancelled and other races could yet follow that lead

The Chinese GP used to be first to be cancelled and different races may just but observe that lead


On March 13, the Masters used to be postponed. In a observation launched on-line, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, emphasized that the verdict makers hope to carry the championship ‘at some later date’. The first males’s main of the 12 months used to be because of start on April 9.

The US PGA Championship, the second one main of the 12 months, has now joined the  Masters in being postponed. It have been because of happen at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 11-17, however has been rescheduled for later this summer season.

After deciding to play with out a spectators from the second one spherical of the Players Championship onwards, the PGA Tour cancelled the development fully after the primary spherical on March 12. 

They additionally scrapped the next 3 occasions main as much as the Masters, however after that used to be cancelled 4 additional occasions in April and May – the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson – additionally bit the mud. It is was hoping that the season will also be resumed in past due May.

The European Tour have cancelled all tournaments till the preferred Made in Denmark tournament on May 21. Many of them have been because of be held in China or east Asia in nations badly hit via the outbreak.

The ladies’s sport has additionally been hit via postponements and cancellations, with the 12 months’s first main, the ANA Inspiration, the perfect profile casualty.

The Masters has been postponed for the first time since the Second World War

The Masters has been postponed for the primary time for the reason that Second World War

Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari have been withdrawn from the Oman Open on clinical grounds after Gagli confirmed signs of the virus. He shared a resort room with Molinari and he used to be instructed to self-isolate. They have been later reinstated to the event after checking out damaging for the virus. 


The Grand National used to be known as off following new British authorities restrictions to battle the unfold of coronavirus made it unimaginable to level the Aintree showpiece on April 4. The Cheltenham Festival went forward amid some grievance earlier than the social distancing measures have been tightened. 

The Japan Racing Association printed that ‘government-sanctioned races’ will pass forward in the back of closed doorways.  

Racing in Ireland is to happen in the back of closed doorways beginning till March 29.  

The Dubai World Cup assembly will pass forward on March 28 ‘with out paid hospitality spectators’. 

The Cheltenham Festival went ahead despite travel disruption caused by the virus

The Cheltenham Festival went forward in spite of shuttle disruption brought about via the virus


This 12 months’s Six Nations must stay up for its conclusion with all closing video games postponed.

England’s sport with Italy and Ireland’s shuttle to France had already been known as off with Wales and Scotland leaving it till the day earlier than earlier than calling off their sport. 

Saturday, 31 October is a conceivable date for the overall weekend of fits. 

The Women’s Six Nations has additionally been hit via postponements.

Ireland's Six Nations encounter with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

Ireland’s Six Nations come across with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

The RFU has suspended all ranges of rugby in England till April 14, with the announcement coming in a while after the Premiership used to be halted for 5 weeks. 

The quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have additionally been postponed. Those video games have been scheduled for April 3, Four and 5.   

The RFL and rugby league’s Super League have now adopted swimsuit and postponed all fixtures for a minimum of 3 weeks. Eight Leeds Rhinos avid gamers have been showed to be self-isolating.  


The French Open, probably the most 4 Grand Slam tournaments, is postponed till September amid a large lockdown in France.

The clay-court main used to be scheduled for May 24 to June 7, however that has shifted to September 20 to October 4, after the USA Open, which used to be because of be the overall main of the 12 months. 

Players were fast to criticise the transfer, which has created a warfare with the Laver Cup males’s crew tournament spearheaded via Roger Federer, and a ladies’s event in China.

All occasions at the ATP Tour were suspended for 6 weeks. 

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California, set to begin on March 9, used to be postponed on the 11th hour.  It got here after a showed case of the coronavirus within the within reach Coachella Valley.

The last of an ATP Challenger tournament in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine used to be cancelled. Both avid gamers won rating issues and prize cash for purchasing to the overall. They have been denied the chance to play in the back of closed doorways.

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie for the reason that males’s crew have been not able to shuttle to Romania for the March 6-7 play-off.

WTA occasions have additionally been cancelled. The WTA introduced they’re assessing their agenda with a lot of occasions set for China in the second one half of of the season.

The International Tennis Federation has introduced that the Fed Cup finals were postponed. The tournament used to be because of be held in Budapest in April and the contest’s play-offs, which have been set to happen in 8 other places, have additionally been put on cling.

The WTA additionally introduced no tournaments shall be staged for a minimum of 5 weeks.   


The NBA has been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz avid gamers shrunk the virus. On March 17 Brooklyn Nets famous person Kevin Durant showed he had examined sure for the virus along 3 unnamed team-mates.

In an assist to lower dangers of publicity to the virus, the NBA had instructed avid gamers to steer clear of taking pieces equivalent to pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph seekers. 

The NHL has introduced it has paused the 2019-20 season with out a date showed for when it’ll resume. 

The UFC has cancelled its subsequent 3 occasions, despite the fact that president Dana White continues to be pushing forward for the highly-anticipated light-weight identify battle between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. 

MotoGP have cancelled their first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand. 

South Korea’s baseball league cancelled all 50 pre-season sport which have been slated to happen from March 14-24. It is the primary time for the reason that leagues inception in 1982 that a whole set of exhibition fits are off. 

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

A seashore volleyball event, because of be held in Yangzhou from April 22-26, is postponed till after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

World Short monitor pace skating championship in Seoul is cancelled.

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

The Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships in Canada were cancelled.   

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

All 72 pre-season baseball video games in Japan are to happen in the back of closed doorways

In badminton, the German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying occasions, are cancelled because of ‘strict well being coverage’. 

The Japanese skilled baseball league made the verdict to play their 72 pre-season video games in the back of closed doorways till March 15. Baseball is without doubt one of the hottest sports activities in Japan.  

Doubts stay because the Asian weightlifting championships, scheduled for March, are relocated from Kazakhstan to neighbouring Uzbekistan. They may just nonetheless be postponed. 

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