How the coronavirus has hit global sport


Wimbledon on Wednesday joined the list of sports events cancelled or postponed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic signaling that the standstill in global sports could extend deep into the summer.

Here, AFP Sport looks at the events impacted by the virus which has killed more than 43,000 people around the world, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT Wednesday.


— Wimbledon organisers on Wednesday scrapped the grasscourt Grand Slam for the first time since World War II.

The two-week event was due to start on June 29. The cancellation of the only grasscourt major leaves the season in disarray, with no tennis due to be played until mid-July.

— US Tennis Association responded to the announcement by saying that they still plan to host the US Open starting August 31 in New York.

— The French Open has been postponed from its May 24-June 7 slot to September 20-October 4.

— The finals of the Fed Cup, scheduled for Budapest from April 14-19, postponed indefinitely.


— The Tokyo Games, originally scheduled to start on July 24, have been put back almost exactly one year and will instead open on July 23, 2021.

The Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5.


— The postponement of the Olympics had a knock-on effect with World Athletics putting back their world championships, scheduled for Eugene, Oregon, from August 6-15 2021, to 2022 to accommodate the re-arranged Tokyo Games.

— The World Indoor Championships, scheduled for Nanjing from March 13-15, were postponed for a year.

— Boston Marathon moved from April 20 to September 14.

— London Marathon switched from April 26 to October 4.



— UEFA, which had already postponed Euro 2020 until 2021, on Wednesday axed all other international games scheduled for June to give suspended club competitions a chance to finish. UEFA said it was determined they should finish by June 30.

— To make way for the Euros next summer, the women’s Euro scheduled for July 7 to August 1, 2021, will be postponed along with the Nations League final stages.

— The Copa America has been moved from June 12-July 12 2020 in Argentina and Colombia to summer 2021.


— UEFA has postponed the Champions League, Europa League and women’s Champions League finals, originally scheduled for May but has given no new dates.

— In Italy, where more than 12,000 people have died, all matches — as well as all major sports events — have been suspended. Administrators say they are not expecting a resumption before May 2 at the earliest.

— The English Premier League has been suspended until April 30.

— In Germany, the Bundesliga suspension has been extended to April 30.

— In Spain, all professional football has been suspended indefinitely.

— In France, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 and women’s football have been suspended indefinitely.

— Outside Europe, most top leagues have been affected, with the start of the J-League  delayed, Major League Soccer in the United States and China’s top-flight Super League put on hold.


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