Coronavirus: Sport by sport, event by event, what has fallen to the pandemic

Sport around the globe has been devastated by Covid-19

Barcelona's Jordi Alba, right, celebrates with Barcelona's Lionel Messi before the goal he scored was disallowed after a VAR decision during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
Beta V.1.0 - Powered by automated translation

The coronavirus outbreak continues to have a huge impact on the sporting schedule as some of 2020's biggest events come into view.

A range of sports have had to take action to prevent the spread of the virus, with postponements hitting the Premier League, Six Nations rugby and Formula One, while all domestic sporting action in Italy has been suspended until April 3 at the earliest.

With spectacles such as Euro 2020, the Olympics and golf's majors on the horizon, the sport-by-sport impact of the coronavirus has been immense.


TOPSHOT - Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo runs on the pitch in an empty stadium due to the novel coronavirus outbreak during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Inter Milan, at the Juventus stadium in Turin on March 8, 2020.  / AFP / Vincenzo PINTO

- The Premier League has been suspended until April 4 and the EFL until April 3 at the earliest.

- All Scottish football has been suspended with immediate effect.

- England's two friendlies later this month at Wembley, the Women's Super League and FA Women's Championship have also been postponed by the FA. Wales' international matches with Austria and the United States at the end of March are also both called off.

- UEFA has announced all Champions League and Europa League fixtures scheduled for next week are postponed, as well as the quarter-final draws for both competitions. UEFA has called an emergency meeting next Tuesday to discuss whether Euro 2020 can go ahead as scheduled.

- Major League Soccer announced the suspension of matches for 30 days with immediate effect.

- LaLiga announced it has suspended "at least the next two rounds of matches" as a result of the quarantine in place at Real Madrid.

- All domestic sporting action in Italy - including Serie A matches - has been suspended until April 3. Thursday's Europa League ties between Sevilla and Roma in Spain and Inter Milan and Getafe in Italy were called off due to travel restrictions between the two countries imposed by the Spanish authorities.

- Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, the top two divisions in France, are suspended until further notice.

- All matches in the German Bundesliga this weekend will be played behind closed doors, except RB Leipzig's home clash with Freiburg which does not have any restrictions.

- Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off semi-final in Slovakia on March 26 will also take place in an empty stadium and the Slovakian football association has formally asked UEFA to postpone the game. The Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Federation has suspended ticket sales for the play-off match with Northern Ireland.

- The Football Association of Ireland announced all football activity under its jurisdiction has been suspended until March 29.

- The South American (CONMEBOL) World Cup qualifiers scheduled for March 23-31 have been postponed to a later date.

Olympics and Paralympics

TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 13: A woman wearing a face mask poses for a photograph next to the Olympic Rings on March 13, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Excluding the Diamond Princess cruise ship cases, the number of coronavirus infections in Japan reached 684 today as United States President Donald Trump suggested the Tokyo Olympics should be postponed to next year. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

- The International Olympic Committee remains fully committed to staging the Tokyo 2020 Games as scheduled this summer.

The British Olympic Association still plans to send a delegation of around 55 people to Tokyo this month for a "detailed operational recce".

Rugby Union

epa08277348 Wales' Nick Tompkins (C) is being tackled by England's Owen Farrell (L) during the Six Nations rugby match between England and Wales held at Twickenham stadium in London, Britain, 07 March 2020.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

- The France v Ireland and Italy v England games in the final round of the Six Nations have been postponed, with Wales v Scotland the only game due to go ahead as scheduled.

- The PRO 14 has been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Formula One

epa08287877 Lewis Hamilton (C) of Great Britain and Mercedes GP arrives at the Paddock ahead of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2020 at the the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia, 12 March 2020.  EPA/SCOTT BARBOUR EDITORIAL USE ONLY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

- The season-opening Australian Grand Prix has been postponed.

- The Bahrain Grand Prix, due to be on March 22, and the Vietnam Grand Prix on April 5 have also been postponed.

Formula E

- Formula E has temporarily suspended the season.


- Nascar announced it would be holding its race events in Atlanta (March 15) and Miami (March 22) without fans in attendance.


- The opening four races of the MotoGP season in Qatar, Thailand, the United States and now Argentina were called off. The Qatar race was cancelled, while the other three have been moved to later in the season, which is now due to get under way in Spain on May 3.


March 12, 2020; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 2020 edition of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

- The Players Championship has been cancelled along with all PGA Tour events for the next three weeks.

- Five European Tour tournaments have been postponed. Next week's Hero Indian Open and August's Czech Masters have joined this week's Kenya Open and April's Maybank Championship and China Open in being called off.


England's captain Joe Root (L) boards the bus after the Test series against Sri Lanka was postponed at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on March 13, 2020.  England's cricket team abruptly pulled out of a tour of Sri Lanka on March 13 over the mounting coronavirus pandemic. A practice match in Colombo was halted as the team announced they would be flying back to London, and the first of two Test matches due to start on March 19 has been postponed. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

- England's upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka is postponed with the touring players returning home.

- The start of the Indian Premier League has been postponed from March 29 to April 15 as a precautionary measure.

- Surrey have cancelled their pre-season training camp at the ICC Academy in Dubai amid concern over the safety of their players.

- The final two one-day internationals between India and South Africa will be played behind closed doors, as will the three-match one-day international series between Australia and New Zealand, which gets under way on Friday.


- The NBA season has been suspended "until further notice" after an unnamed player from the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus.


INEOS team rider Chris Froome of England (R) rides during the second stage of the UAE Cycling Tour from Hatta to Hatta Dam, on February 24, 2020. / AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE

- Fears of two cases of coronavirus at the UAE Tour saw the race cancelled with two stages left.

- Team INEOS are among a host of teams who have decided to withdraw from all racing until the Volta a Catalunya on March 23.

- The Strade Bianchi, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo and the Giro di Sicilia races in Italy have been postponed.


INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 08: Courtmaster Jeffrey Brooker cleans the center court at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 08, 2020 in Indian Wells, California. The BNP Paribas Open was cancelled by the Riverside County Public Health Department, as county officials declared a public health emergency when a case of coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed in the area.   Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

- The high-profile BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, where the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were due to compete, was called off.

- The ATP has announced a six-week suspension of the men's professional tennis tour due to "escalating health and safety issues" arising from the coronavirus outbreak.

- The Miami Open tennis tournament, due to start on March 23, has been cancelled after a ban on mass gatherings in Miami-Dade County.

- The Volvo Car Open in Charleston (April 4-12) has also been called off. Next month's Fed Cup finals in Budapest and Fed Cup play-offs, due to be held in eight different locations, have been postponed, while China's Xi'an Open (April 13-19) and Kunming Open (April 27-May 3) have been cancelled.


- Racing in Ireland will be closed to the public until March 29.


Mar 12, 2020; Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; Purell hand sanitizer at the track prior to the NCAA Indoor Championships at Albuquerque Convention Center that were cancelled because of novel coronavirus. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

- The World Indoor Championships, which had been due to take place in Nanjing in China this month, have been called off.

- The Paris Marathon, which was due to take place on April 5, has been postponed until October 18 and the Rome Marathon, scheduled for March 29, has been cancelled.

- The International Triathlon Union has moved the 2020 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships, planned for May 2, from Milan to Montreal.

Rugby league

- The  Super League match between Catalans Dragons and Leeds in Perpignan on Saturday was postponed after one of the Rhinos' players was put into self-isolation after showing symptoms of coronavirus.


- All events scheduled for March in Japan have been cancelled.


- The £1million China Open, scheduled to start in Beijing at the end of March, has been cancelled. The attendance in the arena for this week's Gibraltar Open has been limited to 100 people.

Ice skating

- The World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, scheduled for March 13-15, were called off. The World Figure Skating Championships in Quebec, planned for March 16-22, were also cancelled.


- The International Judo Federation has cancelled all Olympic qualification events on the calendar until April 30.

Ice hockey

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: Signs outside read that the NHL Season has been suspended after the Detroit Red Wings against the Washington Capitals game was postponed due to the coronavirus at Capital One Arena on March 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Today the NHL announced is has suspended their season due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus (COVID-19) with hopes of returning. The NHL currently joins the NBA, MLS, as well as, other sporting events and leagues around the world suspending play because of the coronavirus outbreak.   Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

- The NHL has been paused with 189 games regular-season remaining. The Stanley Cup play-offs were due to start the week of April 6.