BOX-Major sporting events affected by the coronavirus

March 24 (Reuters) – Major sporting events around the world have been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far claimed more than 377,000 cases of contamination and 16,500 deaths.

Here is a list of the main sporting events that have been affected:


The Tokyo Olympic Games scheduled from July 24 to August 9 will be postponed to 2021 following an agreement to that effect found by Japan and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is the first time in the history of modern Olympism that the Games have been postponed.

The traditional torch lighting ceremony had previously taken place on March 12 at the ancient Greek site of Olympia without spectators, as had the ceremony of arrival of the flame in Tokyo.


The Champions League and Europa League finals, scheduled for May, were officially postponed on March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally scheduled from June 12 to July 12 in a dozen countries, the Euro football tournament was postponed on March 17 by one year, from June 11 to July 11, 2021. It is the first time in history that a final phase of the European Nations Championship is postponed.

Like UEFA, the South American confederation decided on March 18 to postpone for a year the organization of the Copa America which will take place in Argentina and Colombia.

The five main national football championships, the British Premier League, the Spanish Liga, the Italian Serie A and the French Ligue 1, were also suspended.


The first three stages of the Diamond League scheduled for spring in Qatar and China were postponed on March 17.

The indoor world athletics championships have been postponed for a year and will finally take place in Nanjing (China) from March 19 to 21, 2021, the organizers announced on March 12.

The Paris and London marathons have been postponed to October, the organizers announced in early March.

The Boston Marathon organizers have decided to postpone the scheduled event from April 20 to September 14.

The Penn Relays, the oldest and most important athletics meeting in the United States, scheduled for April 23-25, were canceled for the first time in 125 years of existence.


The North American NBA Basketball Professional Championship and the NHL Hockey Championship were suspended on March 12.

The Euroleague and Eurocup competitions were suspended on March 12.


Qualifying tournaments for the Tokyo Games in the discipline in Europe and the United States were suspended on March 16.


The UAE Tour organizers canceled the last two stages of the Abu Dhabi cycling race on 28 February after the positive test of two Italian riders with the coronavirus.

Paris-Nice ended a day earlier after the cancellation of the eighth stage on March 13.

The Italian Giro, whose departure was scheduled for Budapest on May 9, has been postponed.

All cycling races scheduled until the end of April in France and Spain have already been canceled.


The Golf Masters, scheduled for April 9-12, has been postponed March 13 to a later date.

The PGA Golf Championship was also postponed on March 17 with hopes of resuming this summer.


The Formula One championship could be cut this season to just 15 races after the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix and the postponement of those of Bahrain, Vietnam and China. Organizers said on March 13 that trials in Europe could start in late May.

In MotoGP, four races scheduled in Qatar, Thailand, Texas and Argentina have been scheduled, the last of which was on March 11.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans was postponed on March 18 from September 19-20.


On March 5, four matches of the Six Nations Tournament were postponed in October, including one France-Ireland.

The European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) announced on March 16 the postponement of the semi-finals of the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup.

The French TOP 14 rugby championship was suspended on March 13.


The Euro Aquatics Championships, originally scheduled for May 11-24 in Budapest, was unscheduled in August.


The organizers of Roland Garros announced on March 17 the postponement of the Grand Slam tournament from September 20 to October 4.

All ATP and WTA matches have also been suspended until June 7.

On March 11, the final phase of the Fed Cup scheduled for April was postponed.


Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won the Men’s Alpine Skiing World Cup on March 12 after the cancellation of the last two races of the season in Kranjska Gora (Slovenia) due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The French Ski Federation announced on March 13 the cancellation of all competitions.

The world ice hockey championship scheduled for Switzerland in May was canceled on March 21.

(Data compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar, Rohith Nair, Hardik Vyas and Simon Jennings in Bangalore, Amy Tennery in New York, Andrew Both in Cary, Robert Muller in Prague, Gene Cherry in Raleigh and Frank Pingue in Toronto; French version Claude Chendjou, edited by Blandine Hénault)