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Supporters wearing masks to protect against the Coronavirus during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Lyon and Juventus at Groupama Stadium on February 26, 2020 in Lyon, France

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17/03/2020 at 15:34 | Updated 18/03/2020 at 22:34

As the coronavirus spreads around the world, many sporting events have been cancelled, with fears that many others could follow. Check out how the sports world has been affected by the epidemic.


  • Women's Olympic qualifiers moved from Wuhan to Nanjing, later switched to Sydney (Jan 22)
  • China Women's Olympic qualifier home leg against South Korea scheduled for March moved to Sydney (Jan 29)
  • All domestic games in China at all levels postponed (Jan 30)
  • Asian Champions League involving Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG postponed until April (Feb 4)
  • Vietnam bans the hosting of sports events in February, AFC Cup games switched to away fixtures (Feb 7)
  • AFC Cup East Zone matches postponed until April (Feb 11)
  • Daegu FC And Pohang Steelers home games in K-League postponed (Feb 21)
  • China's 2022 World Cup qualifiers at home to Maldives and away to Guam in March moved to Thailand (Feb 21)
  • Inter Milan v Sampdoria, Torino v Parma, Verona v Cagliari and Atalanta v Sassuolo Serie A fixtures postponed. Several matches in Serie B and Serie D called off too (Feb 23)
  • Start of K-League postponed, four teams in AFC Champions League to play behind closed doors (Feb 24)
  • Top two tiers of Swiss football matches postponed (Feb 28)
  • Juventus v Inter Milan, Udinese v Fiorentina, AC Milan v Genoa, Parma v Spal, Sassuolo v Brescia (all Serie A) all postponed (Feb 29)
  • Sampdoria v Hellas Verona (Serie A) postponed (March 1)
  • International Champions Cup matches in Asia this summer cancelled (March 2)
  • Swiss League suspended until March 23 (March 2)
  • Coppa Italia match between Juventus and AC Milan postponed (March 3)
  • AC Milan v Genoa, Parma v SPAL, Udinese v Fiorentina and Sassuolo v Brescia postponed (March 7)
  • Morocco Football Federation orders all matches behind closed doors until further notice (March 5)
  • Valencia v Atalanta Champions League tie moved to behind closed doors (March 5)
  • Strasbourg v Paris Saint-Germain postponed indefinitely (March 6)
  • Olympiacos v Wolverhampton Wanderers Europa League match to be played behind closed doors (March 8)
  • Bulgarian league games to have no spectators for next two rounds (March 8)
  • All Romanian league matches to be played behind closed doors until further notice (March 9)
  • Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League to be behind closed doors (March 9)
  • Ligue 1 games until April 15 to be played with no more than 1,000 people in attendance (March 9)
  • Serie A games put on hold as all sport in Italy is suspended (March 9)
  • Juventus v Lyon still set to go ahead, but without fans (March 9)
  • The next two rounds of the Liga season will be held behind closed doors (March 10)
  • Barcelona v Napoli and Bayern Munich v Chelsea to take place behind closed doors, meaning more Champions League last-16 second legs will be behind closed doors than open to fans (March 10)
  • LASK v Manchester United in the Europa League to be played behind closed doors (March 10)
  • Slovakia v Ireland to be played behind closed doors (March 10)
  • All Bayern Munich home games until April 18 will be behind closed doors (March 10)
  • Borussia Dortmund v Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach v Cologne will both be behind closed doors (March 10)
  • Confirmation that all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 games until April 15 will take place behind closed doors (March 10)
  • High-profile four-team international tournament in Doha (March 26-30) featuring Croatia, Portugal, Belgium and Switzerland cancelled (March 11)
  • Spain's Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad postponed (March 11)
  • French League Cup final between PSG and Lyon (April 4) postponed (March 11)
  • La Liga suspended for two weeks in the wake of the news that Real Madrid have gone into a two-week quarantine (March 12)
  • Champions League and Europa League games week commencing 16 March postponed (March 13)
  • Bundesliga to be postponed after weekend ending 15 March (March 13)
  • English league football postponed until 3 April (March 13)
  • Scottish football postponed indefinitely (March 13)
  • Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga suspended until 2 April (March 13)
  • Brazil suspends national competitions, but not state championships (March 15)
  • Australia's top flight the A-League to play remainder of regular season behind closed doors (March 16)
  • Men's and women's National League suspended along with grassroots in England (March 16)
  • UEFA confirm Euro 2020 postponed until 2021 (March 17)
  • CONMEBOL confirm Copa America postponed until 2021 (March 17)
  • All Argentine football cancelled until March 31 (March 17)
  • African Nations Championship postponed (March 17)
  • 2021 UEFA Nations League final postponed to accommodate postponed EURO 2020 competition (March 17)
  • All AFC Cup matches postponed (March 18)
  • Trophy Final postponed (March 18)
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  • UAE Tour cancelled after two staff members at event test positive (Feb 27)
  • Strade Bianche men and women's elite races (March 5)
  • Team Ineos, Mitchelton-Scott, Astana, CCC Team, EF Pro Cycling, Jumbo Visma, Team Sunweb, Groupama-FDJ all withdraw from races until end of March (March 5)
  • Tirenno-Adriatico (March 6)
  • Milan-San Remo (March 6)
  • Giro d'Italia postponed, new date announced no later than April 3 (March 13)
  • All events in France cancelled with immediate effect, including the early termination of Paris-Nice (March 13)
  • Tour of the Alps and the Tour de Romandie cancelled (March 16)
  • The Six Day Brisbane (March 16)
  • Paris-Roubaix postponed (March 17)
  • Fleche Wallonne postponed (March 17)
  • Liege-Bastogne-Liege postponed (March 17)
  • Tour de Yorkshire and Tour de Yorkshire women's race postponed (March 17)
  • Tour of Flanders (April 5)
  • Amstel Gold Race (April 19)


  • ITF moves Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I event away from Dongguan to Kazakhstan (Jan 26)
  • China forfeits Davis Cup tie against Romania after players are unable to travel (Feb 18)
  • WTA 125k even Xi'An Open cancelled (Feb 20)
  • WTA event Kunming Open (April 27-May 3) cancelled (March 3)
  • ATP Challenger events in Anning, Smarkand cancelled (March 3)
  • ATP Challenger events in Seoul, Busan, Guangju and Madrid postponed (March 3)
  • ATP and WTA tournaments at Indian Wells cancelled (March 9)
  • The inaugural edition of the multi-nation Fed Cup postponed (March 11)
  • ATP and WTA tournaments at Miami Open axed (March 12)
  • 125K hardcourt series in Guadalajara and claycourt tournament in Bogoata cancelled (March 13)
  • WTA Stuttgart Open (March 16)
  • WTA Istanbul Open (March 16)
  • WTA Prague Open (March 16)
  • Roland Garros moved to September 20, running until October 4 (March 17)
  • ATP And WTA Tours suspennded (March 18)


  • Formula E E-Prix in Sanya, China called off (Feb 2)
  • Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, scheduled to be held in April, postponed (Feb 12)
  • MotoGP race on Qatar scheduled for March 8 called off due to travel restrictions (March 1)
  • MotoGP race in Thailand on March 22 is cancelled (March 2)
  • World Superbikes Qatar (March 13-15) postponed (March 3)
  • Formula E-Prix Roma (April 4) postponed (March 5)
  • Indonesia's capital city Jakarta delays Formula E race (March 11)
  • World Endurance Championship (WEC)'s Sebring 1,000 Miles race in Florida (March 12)
  • Formula E season suspended (March 13)
  • ERC Azores Rally rescheduled for 17-19 September (March 13)
  • Vietnamese, Australian and Bahrain GPs postponed, season may start May 2 (March 13)
  • All British Superbike events until end of April postponed (March 17)
  • Le Mans 24 Hours postponed until September (March 18)
  • Long Beach IndyCar Grand Prix postponed (March 18)

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  • LPGA's Blue Bay tournament due to be held on Hainan Island cancelled (Jan 31)
  • Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific golf championship, due to take place in Thailand on from February 12-15, postponed until October (Feb 8)
  • LPGA Thailand due to start on Feb 20 and Women's World Championship (Singapore), due to start on Feb 27 both postponed (Feb 9)
  • PGA Tour Series-China postpones two qualifying tournaments, number of regular season tournaments cut from 14 to 10 (Feb 12)
  • European Tour's Maybank Championship and China Open (both in April) postponed (Feb 14)
  • Mena Tour postponed rest of the season's events until September (March 5)
  • European Tour (Nairobi), Asian Tour Royal Cup (March 6)
  • August Masters postponed (March 13)
  • U.S. Open cancels first stage of qualifying (March 17)
  • PGA Championships in San Francisco postponed (March 17)


  • Singapore and Hong Kong legs of World Rugby Sevens Series postponed from April until October (Feb 13)
  • Scotland v Italy Women's Six Nations match postponed (Feb 23)
  • Ospreys' and Ulster's Pro14 matches on February 29 against Zebre and Bennetton postponed. Italian National Championship matches for weekend of Feb 28 also suspended (Feb 24)
  • Italy v Ireland men's Six Nations match for March 7 postponed - women's game off too (Feb 28)
  • England men's and women's Six Nations matches against Italy postponed (March 5)
  • Scotland's women's Six Nations match against France postponed (March 6)
  • Men's Six Nations clash between France and Ireland postponed (March 9)
  • Pro14 games in Wales and Ireland - Cardiff v Zebre and Munster v Benetton - postponed (March 10)
  • French rugby suspended (March 13)
  • Scotland v Wales postponed (March 13)


  • World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing postponed from March until 2021 (Jan 29)
  • World Triathlon Series opening event in Abu Dhabi postponed. Organisers hope to stage it later in March or in April (Feb 29)
  • Rome Marathon postponed until 2021 (March 5)
  • Paris Marathon moved from April 5 to October 18 (March 5)
  • World Athletics Half Marathon Championships postponed until October 17 (March 6)
  • Barcelona Marathon, due to be run on March 15, pushed back until October (March 7)
  • Boston Marathon, due to be run on April 20, pushed back until September 14 (March 13)
  • First three Diamond League meets in Qatar and China postponed. Shanghai event planned for August 13. Other dates set for announcement. (March 17)
  • Leeds Triathlon postponed (March 18)
  • All 675 UK Parkrun events postponed until end of March (March 18)

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  • FIBA relocates Women's Olympic qualifying tournament from Foshan to Serbia (Jan 27)
  • FIBA Asia Cup qualifying matches between Japan and China, Philippines and Thailand and China and Malaysia all postponed (Feb 14)
  • Basketball Africa League postponed (March 4)
  • Japan's B League played without spectators (March 14 - April 1) because of the coronavirus outbreak (March 11)
  • Ivy League cancel men's and women's basketball tournaments (March 11)
  • NBA suspends the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive (March 12)

Winter sports

  • World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Seoul cancelled (Feb 26)
  • Engadin ski marathon in Switzerland with around 14,000 participants cancelled (Feb 27)
  • Fans banned from biathlon event in Nove Mesto on March 5 (March 2)
  • Cortina d'Ampezzo World Cup finals cancelled (March 6)
  • Women's World Championship ice hockey in Canada cancelled (March 7)
  • GB Alpine Championships cancelled (March 10)
  • World figure skating championships cancelled (March 11)
  • Slovakia's top-flight hockey league scraps the rest of its season without crowning a champion (March 11)


  • IOC cancels Olympic boxing qualifiers in Wuhan, moving event to Amman in March (Jan 22)
  • The European Olympic boxing qualifying tournament in London held without spectators (March 16)
  • European Olympic boxing qualifiers suspended (March 16)


  • China Masters in Hainan postponed after players withdraw (Feb 1)
  • Asia Championships moved from China to Philippines (March 4)


  • Women's tournament between Netherlands, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand on April 3 cancelled (March 2)
  • Men's tournament involving Canada, Qatar, Denmark, Vanuatu, Singapore and hosts Malaysia postponed (March 5)
  • England's tour of Sri Lanka postponed (March 13)
  • Indian Premier League postponed provisionally until April 15 (March 13)
  • All recreational cricket in England suspended by ECB (March 18)


  • All events suspended for five weeks (March 16)


  • Grand National cancelled (March 16)
  • FEI World Cup Finals 2020 in Las Vegas cancelled (March 17)
  • Irish horse racing put behind closed doors (March 18)


  • Asian Weightlifting Championships moved from Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan (Feb 17)


  • Asian Olympic Games qualifying in Kyrgyzstan cancelled due to government advice (Feb 28)

Table tennis

  • First-stage draw of Table Tennis World Championships postponed, organisers seeking WHO advice before deciding whether to postpone tournament (Feb 21)
  • ITTF World Tour Japan Open postponed (March 10)


  • The Seattle Mariners will not play home games in March (March 11)

American football

  • NFL proceeding with the 2020 NFL Draft, but has cancelled all public events surrounding the draft scheduled for April 23-25 in Las Vegas (March 16)
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