Coronavirus and sport: update on suspended competitions

Events suspended or postponed, meetings held but behind closed doors … announcements have been raining for a few hours. Let’s try to see more clearly with this little recap, which will inevitably evolve over the next few days.

SOCCER
Suspended competitions:
Championship of Italy, European country most affected by the disease, until April 3.
Spanish Championship, “at least the next two days”
The Portuguese championship is suspended “for an indefinite period”
The Dutch Championship is suspended until the end of March
North American Football League (MLS) suspended for 30 days

Deferred matches or competitions:
In Spain, the final of the Real Sociedad – Athletic Bilbao King’s Cup, scheduled for April 18 in Seville, has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.
In France, the final of the Paris SG – Lyon League Cup, scheduled for April 4 at the Stade de France, was postponed until the end of May.
In England, a first Premier League match for Manchester City – Arsenal, scheduled for Wednesday evening, has been postponed.
In the Champions League, the 8th final return Juventus Turin-Lyon and Manchester City-Real Madrid, scheduled for March 17, were postponed.
In the Europa League, the Inter-Getafe and Seville-Roma matches in the round of 16 do not take place on Thursday.

In camera competitions:
All matches on the 26th day of the German Championship, from 13 to 15 March.
All French Championship matches (Ligue 1 and Ligue 2) scheduled by April 15.
In the Champions League, after Valence-Bergame on Tuesday evening and Paris SG – Dortmund on Wednesday, three of the last four round of 16 return legs are planned behind closed doors: Bayern Munich – Chelsea and Barcelona – Naples on March 18.
Several friendly matches in preparation for Euro-2020, including France-Ukraine and France-Finland, on March 27 and 31.

Threatened competitions:
UEFA meeting on Tuesday 17 March to decide on the continuation of the Champions League and the holding of Euro-2020.

ATHLETICS
The Paris Marathon (April 5) is postponed to October 18.
The Indoor Worlds, scheduled for March 13-15 in Nanjing, China, have been postponed to 2021.

BASKETBALL
NBA Suspended “Until Further Notice”
The International Federation (Fiba) and the Euroleague have made the same decision, leading to the suspension of all European Cups

CYCLING
In France, in camera imposed on departures and arrivals of all stages of Paris-Nice.
In Italy, after the Strade Bianche (March 7), the first “monument” of the cycling season, Milan-Sanremo, which was to take place on March 21, was canceled. Like Tirreno-Adriatico, scheduled between March 11 and 17.
In Spain, the Tour of Catalonia, scheduled from March 23 to 29, has been postponed.

GOLF
The Men’s Professional Circuit (PGA) tournaments will take place behind closed doors until the Valero Texas Open (April 5), the last tournament before the Augusta Masters (April 9-12), is completed. The first round of the Players championship was played on Thursday with the public, but the rest of the tournament will be played behind closed doors.
Due to restrictions in international travel, the tournament scheduled for Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) from March 26 to 29 is “postponed”. New dates will be announced “in the coming weeks depending on the health situation,” said PGA Commissioner Jay Monnahan.

ICE HOCKEY
The North American Ice Hockey League (NHL) has suspended its schedule three weeks from the end of the regular season.

FIGURE SKATING
The Quebec government has canceled the World Championships scheduled for March 16-22 in Montreal.

RUGBY
Six Nations tournament: three matches have been postponed: Ireland – Italy (March 7), Italy – England and France – Ireland (March 14). They should be disputed at the end of October.
In France, the presidents of the Top 14 and Pro D2 must meet on Monday to decide on the reorganization of the competitions, and choose between in camera and postponement.

WINTER SPORTS
The alpine ski season ended prematurely. The International Federation (FIS) has canceled the final stages and the finals of the Women’s and Men’s World Cups.
The last leg of the Biathlon World Cup, scheduled for March 20-22 in Oslo, has been canceled.

MOTOR SPORTS

Automobile
A decision on whether to hold the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix scheduled for Sunday in Melbourne could be announced on Thursday or Friday.
The Chinese Grand Prix scheduled for April 19 in Shanghai has been postponed. That of Bahrain on March 22 will be run behind closed doors and threats hang over that of Vietnam, scheduled for April 5.
Indycar’s first race of the season, scheduled for Sunday in St. Petersburg, Florida, will be held behind closed doors.

Motorbike
The first four Grands Prix of the season (Qatar, Thailand, the Americas and Argentina) have been canceled or postponed. Originally scheduled for early March, the start of the season has been delayed by two months (May 3).
The 24 Hours of Le Mans motorcycles, scheduled for April 18 and 19, have been postponed to September 5 and 6.

TENNIS
The tournaments on the men’s ATP circuit are suspended for six weeks until April 26.
The final phase of the Fed Cup scheduled for April 14-19 in Budapest, which was to bring together twelve nations, has been postponed.