SPORT | Sports Events Hit By The Coronavirus Epidemic

SPORT | Sports Events Hit By The Coronavirus Epidemic

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – The following is a list of international sports events hit by the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

ATHLETICS

  • The World Athletics Indoor Championships, scheduled for Nanjing from March 13-15, were postponed until next year. World Athletics is working with organizers, were postponed until next year. World Athletics is working with organizers on a date to host biennial event in 2021.

SOCCER

-Four Series A games scheduled to have taken place on Feb.23 in northern Italy were canceled. The affected games were: Inter Milan v Sampdoria, Atalanta v Sassoula, Verona v Cagliari and Torino v Parma.

Upcoming top-flight matches can go ahead behind closed doors in areas affected by the outbreak after the government agreed to a request from the country’s football federation.

  • Asian Champions League matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG were postponed.
  • China’s 2022 World Club qualifiers against Maldive at home and Guam away next  month will be moved to Buriam, Thailand. The game will be played behind closed doors, as requested by the Thai government.
  • Vietnam said it would allow sports events to be hosted in February, meaning home AFC Cup group stage matches for Ho Chin Minh City and Than Quang Ninh will be switched to away fixtures.
  • The Chinese Football Association said domestic games at all level would be postponed .
  • The AFC said preliminary stage matches of the East Zone of the AFC Cup 2020 were postponed by two months to recommence on April 7 due to travel curbs.
  • The Chinese women’s national team will play the home leg of their Olympic qualification playoff against South Korea in Sydney next month.
  • South Korea’s professional soccer league has postponed the start of its new season. The league also asked its four teams in the AFC Champions League to hold games behind closed doors.
  • Japan’s J League postponed seven Levian Cup matches scheduled for FEB. 26 and all domestic games through the first half of March.

FORMULA ONE

  • The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai set for April 19 has been postponed by the governing body FIA and Formula One.

Authorities will weight potential alternative dates later this year.

FORMULA E

-The all-electric Formula E motor racing series abandoned plans for a race in Sanya, on China’s Hainan island, on March 21.

TENNIS

  • The International Tennis Federation moved the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I event featuring China, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea and Uzbekistan out of the Chinese city of Dongguan to Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) in Kazakhstan.

But the Feb.4-8 event was later postponed after Kazakhstan declined to serve as substitute hosts.

  • China fortfeited a Davis Cup tie because its men’s team were unable to travel to Romania for the March 6-7 playoff.
  • The women’s Xi’an Open tennis tournament, scheduled for April 13-19, was canceled and the WTA said it was monitoring the situation with several events scheduled to take place in China in the second half of the season.

TABLE TEENIS

-The world championship to be held in Busan, South Korea, for March 22-29 has been pushed back provisionally to June 21-28.

BADMINTON

-The Feb. 25 – March 1 China Masters tournament in Hainan was postponed after several players withdrew.

The BWF said it hoped the flagship Badminton Asia Championships could still go ahead in Wuhan from April 21-26.

-The Vietnam International Challenge has been put back from next month to June by the Badminton World Federation and will no longer serve as a qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics. The tournament was due to take place from March 24 to 29.

SPEED SKATING

-The International Skating Union (ISU) has indefinitely postponed next month’s short track speed skating world championship in South Korea.

The governing body said the March 13-15 event in Seoul cannot be staged on the planned dates and the ‘uncertain worldwide development’ of the virus and logistical issues had made it tough to announce new dates or relocated it.

BOXING

-The International Olympic Committee announced Jordan as host of the boxing qualifiers for Asia and Oceania after an event in Wuhan was canceled. It will now take place in Amman from March 3 to 11.

GOLF

-The women’s LPGA golf tour canceled the March 5-8 Blue Bay tournament to be held on Hainan.

The tour also canceled the Honda LPGA Thailand event in Pattaya and the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore.

-The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship in Pattaya, Thailand has been rescheduled for Oct. 7-10.

-The PGC Tour Series – China Postponed two qualifying tournaments and delayed the start of its 2020 campaign by two months, cutting the number of regular season tournaments to 10 from 14.

-The European Tour said the Maybank Championship (April 16-19 in Kuala Lumpur) and the Volvo China Open (April 23-26 in Shenzhen) had been postponed.

HOCKEY

-Pro League matches between China and Australia, scheduled for March 14-15 in Changzhou, will not be played.

RUGBY SEVEN

-The Singapore and Hong Kong legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series have been postponed from April to Octobe.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

-Asian mixed martial arts promotion One Championship will run its Feb.28 event in Singapore behind closed doors.


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