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Olympic organizers told athletes to train normally without cancellation decision



The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.

Large crowds assaulted Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta on Friday, 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.

The Olympic flame will still be handed over to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday, but without fans. It is the only time for the third time that a relay to Athens for the Summer Games has not been completed.

In doubt

The scale of the epidemic in Japan has seen Dick Pound, senior member of the International Olympic Committee, describe the disease as “ the new war ” threatening Tokyo 2020 and warned that the Games may need to be canceled if the virus is still there in May.

Olympic organizers told athletes to train normally without cancellation decision

The Japanese government then insisted that Pound’s comments were not the official position of the IOC, but there are still doubts about the possibility of the summer showcase continuing its health concerns.

Athletes have been asked to continue training, and the plan remains to host the Games in Japan as planned, but training for approximately 80,000 volunteers has been delayed by at least two months – scheduled to start on the 22nd. February.

Friday March 13; President Donald Trump’s suggestion to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year due to the spread 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.

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



The indoor world athletics championships (March 13-15 in Nanjing) are open until 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 level of the epidemic in South Korea.

The Seoul Marathon is canceled in order to protect runners following the mass epidemic in South Korea.

The Paris half-marathon is canceled and the French government has also decided to ban all public indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people.

The race bringing together some 44,000 competitors was scheduled for Sunday March 1 in the French capital. The organizers have declared that the race will be postponed to a date yet to be determined.

The Barcelona marathon, scheduled for March 15, has been postponed to October to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Barcelona city hall said in a statement.

In doubt

A qualifying event for the mixed relay Olympic triathlon, scheduled for Chengdu, China, in May is moved to Valencia, pending an epidemic in Spain.



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 due to “strict health protection”.



The Olympic boxing qualifications to be held in Wuhan have been canceled by the International Olympic Committee and are now being relocated to 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.

In doubt

All British fighting in the next two months is threatened. The BBBoC confirmed to Sportsmail that it is not currently making any recommendations to cancel the broadcasts, but has admitted that this may change and will await government instructions.



England’s tour of Sri Lanka was postponed on Friday March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the England and Wales Cricket Board citing “ unprecedented times ”.

The decision was confirmed while Joe Root’s team were on the field at P Sara Oval of Colombo, contesting a preparation game for a series of two tests that was about to be struck off by the makers at Lord’s.


In doubt

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov has been allowed to participate in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships after being isolated due to fears of a coronavirus epidemic.

Morkov, 34, traveled to Berlin in February after competing in the first four stages of the UAE Tour, the last two stages of which were later canceled after two members of the race staff were suspected of having disease.

Riders and staff of the UAE Tour have been stranded ever since, but after the Abu Dhabi health ministry issued a statement on Saturday saying that 167 tests had returned negative, the UCI said Morkov was free to run as d habit.

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

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



High-level English and Scottish football has been suspended until April 3 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced Friday, March 13.

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 suspend competitive action with immediate effect.

A joint statement by the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Professional Football League confirmed the suspension of all football north of the border until further notice.

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

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

On Friday 13 March, UEFA announced that all of the Champions League and Europa League matches scheduled for next week have been postponed, as well as the quarterfinal draws for the two competitions. UEFA called an emergency meeting on Tuesday 17 March to examine whether Euro 2020 can go as planned.

All national matches at all levels are postponed by the Chinese Football Association as the season is postponed due to the scale of the epidemic in China.

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 postponed all national games until mid-March.

Inter Milan’s match against Sampdoria was one of four Serie A matches canceled on the weekend of February 22-23 due to the affected regions in Italy, which led the Prime Minister to cancel the sporting events .

Inter Milan’s Europa League match with Getafe was also postponed on March 11, while Roma’s flight to Spain to face Seville was prohibited from landing before being postponed, the Italy being blocked.

Coppa Italia’s match between Naples and Inter Milan on March 5 became the last game to be canceled, when it was postponed indefinitely. It was the 12th game to be postponed since the start of the crisis and the third involving Inter.

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

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

An update from Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora later confirmed that all of the Serie A matches for the weekend starting March 7 and 8 will be played behind closed doors. And with the country locked, it was later announced that all sports, including Serie A matches, would be suspended until April 3 at least to contain the virus.

In France, it was announced Friday March 13 that there would be no high-level football in France in the immediate future after their governing body postponed all matches in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Spain, the Copa del Rey final of April 18 between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed.

UEFA has said it is calling on governments across the continent to ensure that Euro 2020 takes place in three months despite the coronavirus epidemic.

MLS was suspended for 30 days and David Beckham’s first Inter Miami home game was delayed.


China’s National Women’s Team Olympic Qualifier against South Korea’s home qualifier for March is in Sydney. The team is quarantined upon arrival in Australia for the January qualifying group stage due to fears of virus carriers.

The UEFA Europa League match against Ludogorets on 27 February was played behind closed doors. Only television rights holders are allowed to attend as media while the club seeks to secure the San Siro. The Ludogorets players arrived in Italy with face masks.

Serie A has announced that five matches from February 28 to March 1 will be played behind closed doors, including Juventus against Inter Milan in Turin, a huge match between the rivals of the title.

Ligue 1 has followed suit with matches that will be played in empty stadiums until April 15. Clubs can also play with only 1,000 supporters.

La Liga has become the last league to ban supporters from stadiums after advice from the Spanish Ministry of Health and the Sports Council. The Barcelona Champions League meeting with Napoli will also be played on empty ground.

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 players from shaking hands amid fears of the coronavirus.

Three players from the Italian third division football club US Pianese tested positive for the coronavirus, the Tuscan side confirmed on Friday.

The owner of Olympiacos, Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns the Nottingham Forest, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Olympiacos and Forest teams were tested and all returned negative.

In Germany, Hanover 96 defender Timo Hubers tested positive for the virus.

The Spanish Copa del Rey final, which was to take place on April 18 between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, is now postponed.

Cristiano Ronaldo became isolated in Madeira after it appeared that his Juventus teammate Daniele Rugani had a coronavirus.

Another Juventus player, Paulo Dybala, was also reportedly tested positive and was placed in quarantine.

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

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 manager 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 disease.

The club’s first team went into isolation, while two buildings at its training ground in Cobham were closed. Their match against Aston Villa, scheduled for Saturday March 14, seems certain to be postponed.

In doubt

Thursday’s Europa League match between the Olympiakos and the Wolves took place behind closed doors after an order from the Greek government, but the Wolves asked UEFA to delay the match.

England’s friendly match against Italy at Wembley in March is set to continue, according to a tweet from the English football account on March 11. England is also expected to play against Denmark in March.

Israel has warned citizens to avoid international travel, raising the question of whether supporters or players will travel to Scotland for their Euro 2020 play-off on March 26.

The growing fear that some Euro 2020 matches will be canceled if the coronavirus epidemic worsens by the summer. The tournament should be multi-city. UEFA admits that it is in the “waiting phase” and must follow the orders of the countries concerned. However, FA President Greg Clarke has said he expects the tournament to take place.

Premier League games are “likely” to take place behind closed doors “in the coming weeks” in the face of fears of the coronavirus, warned Sasha Ryazantsev, member of the board of directors of Everton, in accordance with the measures taken in Serie A .

The return match of the knockout stages of the Chelsea Champions League to Bayern Munich is also about to be postponed, we learned on March 13.

Football organizations across England and the rest of Europe are preparing for a declared total shutdown of each league until September. UEFA will hold a meeting on Tuesday 17 March will be crucial to determining the fate of the 2019-20 season.



The Australian Grand Prix was canceled after a member of the McLaren team came with Covid-19, which led the British team to withdraw before a decision was made as to 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 is postponed without decision as to its reinstatement in the 2020 calendar for the end of the season.


The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, should be canceled, as will the first Vietnam Grand Prix (scheduled for Hanoi on April 5).

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

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

In doubt

There is hope that the F1 season can start on May 3. F1 leaders are looking to continue Zandvoort’s race in Holland on this date.



The Asia Pacific Women’s Amateur Golf Championship, which is scheduled to take place from February 12 to 15 in Thailand, has been postponed and postponed to October.

The Honda LPGA Thailand event in Pattaya, Thailand, scheduled for February 20-23, as well as the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, scheduled to start on February 27, have both been postponed.

The PGA Tour Series-China postponed two qualifying tournaments and delayed the start of its 2020 campaign by two months, reducing the number of regular season events from 14 to 10.

The decision has been made to cancel the LPGA Blue Bay tournament in China, the event on Hainan Island (scheduled to start on March 5) is considered dangerous for the health of the players.

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

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 Thursday March 12.

They also canceled their next three events, which means there won’t be any PGA Tour events until the major premiere of the year, The Masters, in April. Friday, March 13, the prestigious Augusta tournament was also postponed.

In a statement posted online, Fred Ridley, president of the Augusta National Golf Club, said that decision makers hope to host the prestigious tournament “at a later date”.

The first major men’s championship of the year was scheduled to start on April 9 in Georgia, but has been suspended due to the escalating pandemic.


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

Two race meetings in France next week will take place behind closed doors in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

The Monday jump card and the Wednesday meeting at the Compiègne apartment will not have paying customers, the order coming from the city mayor and the president of the Compiegne Racing Society.

Races in Ireland will take place behind closed doors from March 29.

Cheltenham Festival unfolded despite travel disruption caused by virus

Cheltenham Festival unfolded despite travel disruption caused by virus



The Scottish six nations match against Italy on February 23 has been postponed due to an epidemic in the Milan area.

And the women’s game between Wales and Scotland in the Six Nations on March 15 is also over after a Scottish player tested positive for the virus.

The meeting of the Six Nations of Ireland with Italy on March 7 is postponed.

Ospreys and Ulster Pro14’s trips to play in Italy on February 29 are postponed. The Ospreys were to play Zebre in Parma with Treviso, the venue for Ulster’s match against Benetton.

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

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

The Italian Rugby Federation suspended its national championship and its youth matches from February 28 to March 1.

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is postponed, which is a blow to the Olympic preparations for the GB team.

The last Six Nations match against Italy against Italy takes place “with the intention of postponing it to a later date”. The same goes for the corresponding matches for women and under 20s. All were to be played from March 13 to 15.

Meanwhile, the Six Nations clash with Ireland on March 14 was postponed, with the French government taking action against the sporting events.

In doubt

Scottish rugby has announced that preparations “ will continue as usual ” as they discuss with French rugby whether to continue their Six Nations match on March 8 after a second death from coronavirus in France.

All of the remaining Six Nations matches in Italy – they are expected to host England in their last match on March 14 – are in serious doubt given the scale of the epidemic in Italy.

Fears of the virus spread then prompted ITV to abandon plans to send commentators and experts to Rome for the England vs Italy match in Rome.



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, from Ukraine, is 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.

The WTA Xi’an Open event (scheduled for April 13-19) is canceled due to concerns for player safety. The WTA has announced that it is evaluating its schedule with a number of events planned for China in the second half of the season.

The International Tennis Federation has announced that next month’s Fed Cup final has been postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.

The event was scheduled to take place in Budapest and the play-off matches in the competition, which were to take place in eight different locations, were also suspended.

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


The Davis Cup home game against Japan next week will now take place behind closed doors.

Players will be prohibited from handing over towels to ball kids at next week’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the organizers announced on Friday.



MotoGP has canceled its first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand. Moto2 and Moto3 will however take place in Qatar, as they were already based on the track for pre-season testing.

The United Arab Emirates bike tour was canceled with Chris Froome tested for coronavirus and Mark Cavendish locked up in his hotel room.

The South Korean baseball league has canceled the 50 preseason games scheduled for March 14-24. It is the first time since the creation of the league in 1982 that a complete set of exhibition matches has 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.

Next month’s World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed Saturday as a precaution.

The event was scheduled to take place from March 5-7 in the city, which reported new cases of the virus.

Event organizers said they still hope to postpone the event later in March or April.

The Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships, slated for Canada later this month, have been canceled.

The NBA was also suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus.

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

The London marathon has been postponed for six months. It was supposed to take place on April 26, but it is now postponed to October.

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


The Japanese professional baseball league has made the decision to play its 72 preseason games behind closed doors until March 15. Baseball is among the most popular sports in Japan.

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

In doubt

The regular season of the South Korean baseball league is in doubt before the first round of matches on March 28. An emergency meeting has been called.

Doubts remain as the Asian weightlifting championships, slated for March, are relocated from Kazakhstan to neighboring Uzbekistan. They could still be postponed.

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