This post is aimed at presenting a concise list of all the sports events cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus in sports. From football, cricket, rugby to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics scheduled to hold in Japan—virtually all sporting events have been affected directly or indirectly by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a duration of three months, what was a local health crisis which claimed hundreds of lives in Wuhan, China, has now proliferated into a global pandemic which has claimed the lives of about 18,200 individuals. Daily the number of cases of individuals infected with the novel COVID-19 virus has been on the increase that when you’ll be reading this article, the number of confirmed cases which stands at 409,462 will probably have increased.
With no existing cure and the absence of a vaccine, the hopes of recovery from this new virus have been a subject of great public attention and despite the fact that mortality rates stand at 3.4% as at March 3rd, this has done little to ameliorate the panic and sense of urgency currently affecting world citizens.
As a result of the rapid rate the COVID-19 spreads, sporting events which are notorious for attracting thousands of fans have thus had to be cancelled or postponed in a bid to curtail the spread of the virus. A major reason for this is the fact that prominent athletes have been infected by the virus, notable of which are Paulo Dybala of Italian club Juventus, EPL club Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert and Brooklyn Nets star, Kevin Durant.
In this article, we review and list the notable sports events which have been cancelled or postponed as a result of the coronavirus disease. You can check back from time to time as we’ll continue to update this list.
Sports Events Cancelled Due To Coronavirus
In January 2020, as COVID-19 plunged through China, infecting thousands, the possibility of suspending the 74th season of the NBA had not crossed the mind of any basketball fan. The NBA All-star game went on without any hindrance in February 2020, as fans looked forward with excitement as they anticipated a wonderful season where Milwaukee Bucks wonder boy Giannis Antetokounmpo would lead the Bucks to a very successful season while breaking and setting several records.
But by early March, as the first case of the COVID-19 virus was reported in the US, the idea of playing NBA games without fans in the courts was touted, but renowned NBA star, LeBron James, vehemently opposed the idea, saying he’ll play only if the fans are present. Many in the NBA, underrated the effect of the virus, such as Rudy Gobert, who made a point to touch the microphones during a press conference. By March 11, after Gobert tested positive for the virus, the game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunders was postponed. Following the suspension of another game, the NBA was postponed indefinitely.
Here’s a list of all the major basketball sporting events that have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus.
- NBA in North America suspended from March 11.
- NBL in Australia cancelled from March 17.
- KBL in South Korea suspended from February 29.
- EuroCup and EuroCup Women suspended from March 13.
- Basketball Africa League delayed as against March 13 scheduled date.
- FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup in Changsha, China postponed from March 13–17 to September 19–13.
- EuroLeague and EuroLeague Women suspended from March 12.
- Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament
- Asia Cup qualifiers postponed from February 20.
- Serie A in Italy postponed from March 8-13.
- VTB United League in Belarus, Poland, Estonia, Russia and Kazakhstan suspended from March 13.
As coronavirus ravaged through the world, precisely China, Football Games in top leagues in Europe continued. The EPL, Serie A, the La Liga, Ligue 1 and the prestigious UEFA Champions League continued. Manchester United even completed the transfer of Odion Ighalo from the Chinese Super League, and following 14-day isolation, the star debuted for Manchester United.
But after Arsenal players had to go into self-isolation following contact with Evangelos Marinaki, owner of the football team, Olympiacos, who tested positive to the virus in a Europa League game, as well as the positive test of Mikel Arteta, Arsenal head coach, the EPL as well as professional football in England was postponed to April 4 but was later extended to April 30. That date may probably be extended as cases of the virus are on the increase.
The Serie A was first affected by the Coronavirus in the Prime Minister suspended football games in Venato and Lombardy which led to three Serie A matches to be suspended. Talks of matches being played behind closed doors were touted in the media, and it was declared that games were to be played behind closed doors from March 4 to April 3, but 5 days later, the league was suspended until April 3.
The La Liga was also affected after a Real Madrid basketball player tested positive to the virus, which led to the immediate quarantine of Real Madrid players. The league was suspended indefinitely on March 23rd. The Bundesliga was also affected. The idea of the league being completed in regular time, as far as teams played behind closed doors was foiled after, SC Paderborn player, Lucan Kilian tested positive to the virus. The league was suspended until April 30.
The Ligue 1 also suffered as a result of the pandemic as notable stars such as Kylian Mbappe were rumoured to be infected, a claim which was later found to be untrue. With about 19,000 cases in France, the league was suspended indefinitely in March 2020. Due to the indefinite postponement of several leagues across Europe, the Euros 2020 scheduled for the summer of 2020 was also postponed to the summer of 2021.
Here’s a list of all the major football/soccer sporting events that have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus.
- EPL postponed to April 30
- Serie A suspended until April 30
- La Liga suspended indefinitely from March 23
- Ligue 1 suspended indefinitely from March
- UEFA Champions League suspended
- Bundesliga suspended until April 30
- UEFA Euro 2020 postponed to summer of 2021
As several countries involved in international cricket coped with the increasing number of cases they have to handle, several countries pulled out of the tour, such as the Australian team New Zealand tour, Netherland’s Namibia tour and England Test series game against Sri Lanka. The 2020 Malaysia Cricket World Cup Challenge League A was among the first events in cricket to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Another event which has also been postponed is the 2020 United States Tri-Nation Series, as a result of travel restrictions and the pandemic. Various ODIs matches have also been affected.
Here’s a list of all the major cricket sporting events that have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus.
- India – all games suspended from March 14
- South Africa – all matches suspended from March 16
- Australia-New Zealand 2nd and 3rd ODIs scheduled to hold March 15 and 20 cancelled
- New Zealand-Australia 3 T20s scheduled for March 24–29 cancelled
- Sheffield Shield in Australia cancelled from March 15
- India-South Africa 2nd and 3rd ODIs March 15 and 18 postponed
- Indian Premier League postponed from March 29 to April 15
- Pakistan Super League postponed from March 17
- Everest Premier League postponed from March 14
- World XI-Asia XI games in Dhaka, Bangladesh postponed from March 21-22.
- Indian Premier League scheduled to commence from March 29 has been postponed to April 15.
- Pakistan Super League matches postponed from March 17.
- West Indies – all games suspended from March 16.
- Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League postponed from March 16.
- Everest Premier League, Nepal, postponed from March 14 scheduled date.
- Sheffield Shield, Australia, cancelled from March 15.
- Plunket Shield, New Zealand, cancelled from March 16.
- Dhaka Premier League, Bangladesh, suspended from March 16.
- Pakistan Cup ODI tournament postponed from March 25-April 24 scheduled date.
As with other sports, Golf has also been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. The US Masters has been postponed and it is anticipated that the event will go down in October 2020. The Players Championship along with PGA Tours events scheduled for the next three weeks from 19th of March have been cancelled. The European tour events such as the Volvo China Open, Maybank Open, Hero Indian Open, Czech Masters have been postponed.
Here’s a list of all the major golf sporting events that have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus.
- US Masters Tournament postponed to October 2020
- US PGA Tour cancelled from March 19
- US LPGA Tour cancelled from February 20
- European Tour and Ladies European Tour postponed
- China Open in Shenzhen, China, postponed from April 23-26 scheduled date
- Kenya Open in Nairobi, Kenya, scheduled for March 12-15 cancelled
Formula One (F1)
Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton will have to hold on as Hamilton sets to begin his title defence. The league was set to begin in March 2020, but the Covid 19 Pandemic has led to the starting date to be pushed down to June. McLaren had initially pulled out of the Australian Grand Prix as a member of their staff tested positive to the virus. As a result of the Pandemic, Ferrari had halted on production at its Formula 1 factory.
With just five Prix to end the Formula E 2019/20 season, the season will be on hold from March to May. The location of most of the last Prix is high-risk locations.
Nascar seems to be going on uninterrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic. But the races set to be held in Miami and Atlanta in coming months will have no fans in attendance.
The 2020 MotoGP season is yet to begin as the first race of the season, the Qatar Grand Prix was cancelled due to quarantine in Qatar, caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. The fate of the other races, the next coming up on the 3rd of May, lies entirely on how the world responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
In Tennis, several tournaments have also felt the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic. The French Open set to go down in May has been postponed to September. The 2020 Miami Open has been cancelled. Other ATP tour events such as the Barcelona Open, Madrid Open, U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships, Indian Well Masters, Monte-Carlo Masters, Hungarian Open, Estoril Open, Lyon Open, Bavarian International Championship and the Geneva Open have all been suspended.
Rugby Union events which have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis includes the Premiership Rugby Cup Final which has been postponed, the Super Rugby Season has also been postponed. The quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup have also been postponed.
Summer Olympics 2020
The 2020 Summer Olympics which was set to be held in Tokyo in 2020 has been postponed, due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. The decision came as a result of pressure from various stakeholders some of which have publicly said no athlete from their country will participate in the event if it holds. Japan is currently dealing with the virus, as more than 1000 have tested positive to the virus in the country set to host the Summer Olympics.
Other sports events which have been postponed or cancelled include:
- Boston and London Marathons
- XFL 2020 season
- 2020 IIHF World Championship Division IV
- The Boat Race 2020
- 2019 FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship
- The 2019/20 Major Arena Soccer League and several more.
For the latest info on COVID-19, visit the WHO website. As we earlier mentioned, this List Of Sports Events Cancelled Due To Coronavirus In Sports would be constantly updated. So feel free to check back often. Please stay healthy.