The 2020 Olympics have been postponed to 2021 on March 24 – one of the last major sporting events to fall victim to the coronavirus this summer.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a crucial conference call on Tuesday with Olympic boss Thomas Bach to formally decide a plan and they have chosen to postpone 12 months.

The decision also means that the Tokyo Paralympics will be subject to one year delay.

Despite the delay, the name of the & # 39; delayed games will still be Tokyo 2020, city manager Yuriko Koike revealed.

A joint statement by & # 39; IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee reads: & # 39; In the present circumstances and based on & # 39; information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympics in Tokyo should be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020, but no later than summer 2021, to protect the health of athletes, everyone involved in the Olympics and the international community.

& # 39; The leaders agreed that the Tokyo Olympics could stand as a beacon of hope for the world during these difficult times and that the Olympic flame could be lit by & # 39; an end of the tunnel in which the world currently finds itself.

& # 39; Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will remain in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will retain the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 name. & # 39;

There was much skepticism as to whether the Olympics would go on and on like schedule, while events related to the Games were called. The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday, March 13 – just a day after the flame in Olympia was lit.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed by one year because of the coronavirus

Large crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler when he lit the kettle in the Greek city of Sparta, despite repeated warnings for spectators not to attend due to coronavirus.

That forced the Greek Olympic Committee's decision to stop the torch relay on Greek soil on just the second day of its planned eight-day trip. It is the only third time that a relay to Athens for the summer games has not been completed.

The Olympic flame will still be handed over to the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday, March 19, but without fans present.

Athletes were told to keep training, but many have seen difficulty with the government measures that were in place.

On Friday, March 13, US President Donald Trump's suggestion to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year because of the coronavirus was immediately shot down by Japan's Olympic minister.

& # 39; The IOC and the organizing committee do not consider cancellation as a postponement – absolutely not at all, & # 39; said Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, at a news conference in Tokyo.

On Tuesday, March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of & # 39; s vice-presidents of & # 39; e Japanese Olympic Committee, positive for coronavirus.

The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organizers have remained on message since the viral outbreak in China spread across Asia three months ago and then the world: The games will open as scheduled on July 24.

Tokyo 2020 organizers received the Olympic flame in a scaled-down surrender ceremony in the Greek capital on March 19.


The World Indoor Athletics Championships, to be held from March 13-15 in Nanjing, has been postponed to March 2021.

The World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing, China, have been postponed because of concerns about the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread it

The World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing, China, have been postponed because of concerns about the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread it

North Korea canceled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lock because of the level of outbreak in South Korea, where the Seoul Marathon is canceled in a bid to protect runners.

The Paris half marathon has been canceled and the French government also decided to ban all public meetings of more than 100 people, before ordering people to stay home from March 15 for at least 15 days. The contest with about 44,000 competitors was scheduled for Sunday, March 1st. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a yet to be determined date.

The London Marathon, which was scheduled for April 26, has been postponed until October 4. More than 40,000 runners were allowed to participate.

The Barcelona Marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed until October.


Olympic boxing qualifiers to be held in Wuhan were canceled by the International Olympic Committee, but took place in Amman from March 3-11.

The IBF title match between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy following the outbreak.

The Japanese Boxing Commission canceled all fighting cards scheduled for March on government's advice to scrap all waiting for sporting establishments. They will not reschedule.

The Battle of Britain by Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce has been postponed from April to July

The Battle of Britain by Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce has been postponed from April to July

The British Boxing Board of Control announced on Tuesday, March 17, that all boxing events under its jurisdiction for March will be postponed because of the coronavirus.

That decision led to the postponement of the heavyweight clash between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce. That fight, which was in pencil before April 11, has been rescheduled for July 11 in & # 39; an O2 Arena.

Anthony Yarde, who was too grateful to Lyndon Arthur to fight on & # 39; an undercard of & # 39; A UK-based collision announced on March 29 that his father had died as a result of contracting the coronavirus.

He revealed in an Instagram post that he had no underlying health problems and urged everyone to stay home.

Matchroom Boxing has also put out all the events scheduled for March and April, including Josh Kelly & # 39; s European title match against Russia's David Avanesyan (scheduled for March 28).

The European Olympic Boxing Qualification Tournament in London has stopped. It was because of a Tokyo 2020 safe qualification for 77 male and female boxers, with 322 taking part.

Matchroom boxing boss Eddie Hearn said Anthony Joshua & # 39; s heavyweight title defense against Kubrat Pulev, which is scheduled for June 20, could be re-scheduled for July. All matchroom-promoted fights in March and April have been postponed.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders, scheduled for May in Las Vegas, was released before it was even announced, but the Mexican is probably still planning to make the bout in June.


The England to Sri Lanka tour was postponed on March 13, with the England & Wales Cricket Board having & # 39; completely unusual times & # 39 ;.

The decision was confirmed while Joe Root's side were in the field at Colombo's P Sara Oval, opposing a warm-up game for a two-Test series.

On March 18, the West Indies offered to host the upcoming UK house tests against them in the & # 39; Caribbean instead of & # 39; t United Kingdom – the coronavirus outbreak would not have improved. England advance to the Windies in a three-Test series, which will begin at the Oval on June 4, but could be delayed until September. If the playing of & # 39; s series in England proves unworkable, CWI have offered to step in for this series, as well as for England & # 39; s three Tests against Pakistan, due to start on July 30. Although there are Covid-19 cases in & # 39; e Caribbean, its impact has been limited so far.

The start of the & # 39; Indian Premier League season is also postponed to April 15. The 2020 campaign was set to begin on March 29. The IPL franchises are also prepared to quarantine their foreign players for a period of 14 days. uplifting to get to her.

On March 13, India's ongoing international series against South Africa was postponed, while the one-day international Australians against New Zealand will be played behind closed doors.

Scotland's one-day series against the United States and UAE has been postponed. The games were scheduled to be played in Florida in April.

England's cricketers would not play a rescheduled Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean until December at least, it came out on March 19.


Giro d & # 39; Italia of & # 39; e bike has been proclaimed, with the race starting in May in Hungary.

The last two stages of the & # 39; UAE Tour were canceled after two employees on & # 39; e race were suspected of having & # 39; s disease.

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for coronavirus after being isolated

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for coronavirus after being isolated

The Tour de France is under threat of cancellation, with the scheduled start in Nice that will take place in just over three months, on June 27. With British and French governments expecting the pandemic to last until the summer, race organizers are studying alternative schedules.

The Paris-Roubaix hard-fought race, another important event on the French sports calendar, was postponed due to the pandemic, while the Tour of April 5, April 5, only canceled earlier in & # 39; e World War I, was issued in a further sign that Le Tour is under great threat.


This summer's Euro 2020 tournament has been moved to next summer (2021) following a UEFA conference held on March 17. The exhibition provides an opportunity for competitions of European clubs to complete.

All football in England has been put on hold until at least April 30 – but the 2019-20 season should finally be completed after the FA bends its own rules to extend the campaign INDEFINITELY after holding crisis talks on March 19.

The decision to upgrade follows players and staff who are hit by the virus as individuals who do not isolate themselves as a precaution after reporting symptoms that do not match Covid-19.

The Premier League has moved to cancel games following the global coronavius ​​outbreak

The Premier League has moved to cancel games following the global coronavius ​​outbreak

The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been issued as a & # 39; precaution & # 39; After Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis spent weeks testing positive for coronavirus after he & # 39; s played his Greek team at & # 39; Emirates Stadium.

On March 13, UEFA announced that all plans for the Champions League and Europa League have been postponed, as well as the quarterfinals draws for both competitions. UEFA hopes to close the leagues this summer, but no dates have been set.

Birmingham City becomes the first side of the championship to see players take temporary 50 percent pay cuts to reduce financial pressure. Leeds United were soon following a bid to pay all their non-football staff.

All Chinese domestic fixtures at all levels were postponed and the season kicked back, the first football influenced by the outbreak in the country of its origin. However, reports suggest that the league may restart on April 18, in order to get China's virus.

Asian Champions League matches involving Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG have been postponed until April.

The start of the Korean K-League season has been postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League play their matches behind closed doors.

Japanese J-League postponed all domestic games until mid-March, but further delays are inevitable.

Ludogorets players took no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Ludogorets players took no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Italy, the country least affected by the virus outside China, suffered a flurry of cancellations before the government shut down the population. All sports, including Serie A games, were suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.

In France, on Friday, March 13, it was announced that for the immediate future there will be no football team in France, after its board of directors has postponed all matches.

In Spain, the Copa del Rey final on April 18 between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad is postponed. LaLiga is also at least postponed until the end of March.

The Bundesliga of Germany, the other major European league, is also at least held until April 3.

The Dutch Eredivisie and Portugal's Primeira League have also stopped.

The Football Association of Ireland announced that all football under its jurisdiction will continue until March 29.

Major League Soccer is suspended for 30 days until mid-April with David Beckham & # 39; s first Inter Miami home game delay.

The South American Football Confederation kicked off Copa America this year, from June 12 to July 12, until 2021.

FIFA said the newly expanded Club World Cup, originally scheduled to take place in China in June 2021, will be postponed and a new date announced when & # 39; there & # 39; s more clarity on & # 39; e situation & # 39 ;.

On March 13, the FA announced that all England's games scheduled for the month had been postponed, including those of development teams. It means that England's friendships with Italy and Denmark have been severed.

Euro 2020 play-off matches to be held on March 26, including Scotland v Israel, are slated for June.

The owner of Olympiakos Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for the coronavirus

The owner of Olympiakos Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for the coronavirus

Manchester United clash on Austrian side Lask was behind closed doors, with United lending £ 350 to each fan to help with travel and accommodation after they sold 900 tickets for the Europa League game.

Newcastle United banned their players from shaking hands amid fears of coronavirus.

Cristiano Ronaldo went into isolation in Madeira after his teammate Juventus, Daniele Rugani, turned out to have a coronavirus. Squad members Blaise Matuidi and Paolo Dybala also tested positive.

Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, who is on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, has tested positive for coronavirus.

In Spain, 35% of Valencia's team tested positive for coronavirus, with all cases asymptomatic.

The first Real Madrid team was quarantined after a member of the basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. The two teams share the same training facility.

Liverpool have announced a charity match between a Reds Legends side and Barcelona Legends, due to be played at Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.

FIFA says it will postpone the & # 39; s South American World Cup qualifiers due to take place in March.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on March 12 with the first team of the first team put in isolation. The Gunners' game against Brighton, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been postponed.

In the early hours of Friday, March 13, Chelsea announced that wings Callum Hudson-Odoi had been diagnosed with the disease.

The club's first team went into self-insulation, while two buildings were closed on their training ground in Cobham.

Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, have sent players home to train only after the UK government's growing crackdown on mass rallies and unnecessary social contact.

West Ham boss Karren Brady recalled that the season is null and void, while Aston Villa believes no team should be relegated. In this situation, Liverpool, the leading league leaders, could face the horror of being denied the title despite being on the verge of securing their first league trophy in nearly 30 years.

Reports suggest that football teams in England and the rest of Europe are securing themselves for a reported total shutdown of each league by September.

Top-level English and Scottish football were initially suspended until April 3 at the earliest. The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, the FA Women & # 39; s Super League and the FA Women & # 39; s Championship have all agreed to an immediate halt to competing action.

All levels of English football under the National League North and South have been canceled and canceled without promotion and relegation due to the calendar decimated by the coronavirus outbreak.


The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was unveiled after a McLaren team member with Covid-19 came down, which led to the British team being pulled out before making a decision on whether the race would still go.

The announcement came hours after Lewis Hamilton said it was & # 39; shocking & # 39; was that the race was ahead.

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 was the first race that was postponed, with no decision on whether it will be re-entered in the 2020 calendar for later in the season.

The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, is also abolished, as is the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, which was scheduled to take place in Hanoi on April 5.

It was hoped that the Dutch Grand Prix would be the first race of the new season on May 3, but that has also been postponed because of Covid-19.

The iconic Monaco Grand Prix on May 24 was canceled for the first time in 66 years before Formula One announced that its race in Azerbaijan was postponed.

The Chinese GP had to cancel first and other races could still follow that lead

The Chinese GP had to cancel first and other races could still follow that lead


On March 13, the Masters were postponed. In a statement posted online, Freda Ridley, president of Augusta National Golf Club, claimed that the decision-makers hope the championship & # 39; at some later moment & # 39; to keep. The first men's major of the year was to start on April 9.

The US PGA Championship, the second major of the year, has now joined the & # 39; Masters in & # 39; t postponed. It had been set to take place at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 11-17, but is scheduled for later this summer.

After deciding to play with no spectators of & # 39; the second round of & # 39; e Players Championship and beyond, the PGA Tour cancels the event completely after the first round on March 12.

They also scrapped the following three events that didn't lead to the Masters, but after that four other events were canceled in April and May – the RBC Heritage, the New Orleans Zurich Classic, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron. Nelson – bit the fabric, too. It is to be hoped that the season may be returned at the end of May.

The European Tour has canceled all tournaments until the popular Made in Denmark event on 21 May. Many of them would be held in China or East Asia in countries that were badly hit by the outbreak.

The women's game was also hit by postponements and cancellations, with the first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, the victim with the highest profile.

The Masters has been postponed for the first time since World War II

The Masters has been postponed for the first time since World War II

Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn on medical grounds from the Oman Open to Gagli showing symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and he was told to isolate himself. They were later reinstated to the tournament after they tested negative for the virus.


The Grand National was called for new restrictions by the & # 39; British Government to & # 39; e to fight the spread of coronavirus, making it impossible to launch the Aintree showpiece on April 4. The Cheltenham Festival faced some criticism before social distance measures became closer.

The Japanese Racing Association revealed that & # 39; government-sanctioned racing & # 39; behind closed doors.

Racing in Ireland tried to start behind closed doors on March 29 – but that decision was changed after government canceled all sporting events.

The Dubai World Cup meeting will go ahead on March 28 & # 39; unpaid hospitality spectators & # 39 ;.

Racing Post forced the publication of the flagship daily racing newspaper for the first time since its inception in 1986 temporarily suspended because of all action in the UK and Ireland ceased.

The Cheltenham Festival went ahead despite travel disruption caused by the virus

The Cheltenham Festival went ahead despite travel disruption caused by the virus


This year's Six Nations will have to wait for its conclusion with all remaining games postponed.

England's game with Italy and Ireland's journey to France had already been called up with Wales and Scotland and left it until the day before they quit their game.

Saturday, October 31 is a possible date for the last weekend of matches.

The Women & # 39; s Six Nations has also been met by proposals.

The meeting of Six Nations of Ireland on March 7 has been postponed

The meeting of Six Nations of Ireland on March 7 has been postponed

The RFU has suspended all levels of rugby in England until April 14, with the announcement that it came shortly after the Premiership was halted for five weeks.

The quarter finals of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have also been postponed. Those games were scheduled for April 3, 4 and 5.

The Super League's RFL and rugby league have now followed suit and postponed all fixtures for at least three weeks. Eight Leeds Rhinos players were confirmed to be isolating themselves.


Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II, with the All England Club captains calling the tournament at an emergency meeting.

It was considered impossible for the tournament to be returned later in the year, or to be played without fans, and so chapters have completely pulled the plug.

This is the first time Wimbledon has not been staged since 1945. Only one Grand Slam has missed a year since the war, the 1986 Australian Open, and that was for the technical reason that the date from December to January is ahead shifted.

The French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, has been postponed until September amid a wide lockdown in France.

The clay court major was scheduled for May 24 to June 7, but that has been postponed from September 20 to October 4, following the US Open, which was the last major of the year.

Players were quick to criticize the move, creating a conflict with the event of the Laver Cup men's team, spearheaded by Roger Federer, and a women's tournament in China.

All events on the ATP Tour have been suspended for six weeks.

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, set to begin on March 9, was postponed around the eleventh hour. It came after a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the nearby Coachella Valley.

The finale of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine was canceled. Both players received points and prize money for reaching the finals. They were denied the opportunity to play behind closed doors.

China forgets a Davis Cup tie because the men's team was unable to travel to Romania for the March 6-7 play-off.

WTA events have also been canceled. The WTA announced that they are reviewing their schedule with a number of events set for China in the second half of the season.

The International Tennis Federation has announced that the finals of the Fed Cup have been postponed. The event was to be held in Budapest in April and the & # 39; competition play-offs, which were set to take place in eight different locations, are also in & # 39; set a watch.

The WTA also announced that no tournaments will be staged for at least five weeks.

Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II

Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II


The NBA has been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players spread the virus. On March 17, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant confirmed that he has tested positive for the virus in addition to three unnamed teammates.

To help reduce risk of exposure to the virus, NBA players said they should not take items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph seekers.

The NHL has announced that the 2019-20 season has paused with no date fixed for when & # 39; it will restart.

The UFC has canceled its next three events, though President Dana White is still pushing ahead for the highly anticipated lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.

MotoGP have canceled their first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand.

South Korea's baseball team canceled all 50 pre-season games, which were not intended to run from March 14-24. It is the first time since the establishment of leagues in 1982 that a large set of exhibition matches has been eliminated.

The first stage competition for the World Table Tennis Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22-29, has been postponed.

A beach volleyball tournament, from April 22-26 in Yangzhou, is postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

World Championship skating rink in Seoul has been canceled.

The World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed as a precautionary measure.

The World Cup women's ice hockey championship in Canada has been canceled.

All 72 baseball games for the season in Japan should take place behind closed doors

All 72 baseball games for the season in Japan should take place behind closed doors

In badminton, the German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifiers, have been canceled due to & # 39; strict health protection & # 39 ;.

The Japanese professional baseball team made the decision to play its 72 pre-season games behind closed doors by March 15. Baseball is among the most popular sports in Japan.

Doubts remain as the Asian weightlifting championships, scheduled for March, are relocated from Kazakhstan to neighboring Uzbekistan. They could still be put out.

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