Coronavirus in sport: All the events cancelled or postponed so far including Premier League, Euro 2020, Olympics, boxing and golf

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the worldwide sporting calendar.

The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have all called a halt to the action.

It will be quite a while before we see football in England and Europe return

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Meanwhile, England’s cricket team cut short their tour of Sri Lanka, while the year’s first golf major, the Masters, and tennis’ French Open have been postponed.

Horse racing’s flagship race, the Grand National, and the London Marathon have also been called off for now.

Here’s how all sports have been impacted…


– The Premier League, EFL and Football Association announced that professional football in England would not resume until April 30 at the earliest, but the season would be extended indefinitely.

– UEFA postponed Euro 2020 until the summer of 2021, with new dates of June 11 to July 11 next year proposed. The official announcement from European football’s governing body also confirmed that the Euro 2020 play-offs, due to be played later this month, will now take place in the June 2020 international break.

– The 2021 Nations League finals, UEFA Under-21 European Championship and the Women’s Euro 2021 were also postponed.

– The 2020 Copa America is to move to 2021 to give South American players based in Europe the opportunity to finish their league campaigns.

– All Scottish football was suspended with immediate effect, with the Scottish Football Association confirming it will not resume until April 30 at the earliest.

– The Irish Football Association suspended the current season in Northern Ireland until at least April 4. The Football Association of Ireland announced all football activity under its jurisdiction was suspended until March 29.

– England’s two friendlies in March at Wembley against Italy and Denmark were cancelled, and were followed by the friendlies with Austria and Romania in June. Wales’ international matches with Austria and the United States at the end of March were also called off.

– The Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship were also postponed by the FA.

– UEFA announced all Champions League and Europa League fixtures scheduled for the week commencing March 16 were postponed, as well as the quarter-final draws for both competitions.

– FIFA relaxed rules on clubs having to release players for forthcoming international fixtures and also recommended that “all international matches previously scheduled to take place in March and April should now be postponed until such time that they can take place in a safe and secure environment”.

– Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus.

Arsenal boss Arteta was forced to go into self-isolation having been diagnosed with the disease

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– Everton’s entire first-team squad and coaching staff undertook a period of self-isolation after a first-team player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus while three Leicester players showed symptoms and were kept away from the rest of the squad.

– Bournemouth announced five of their employees, including goalkeeper Artur Boruc, were self-isolating having displayed symptoms consistent with the virus.

– The Vanarama National League suspended all fixtures until at least April 3 on March 16.

– Juventus duo Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi tested positive, as did Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, on loan from Wolves, and team-mate German Pezzella and club physio Stefano Danielli.

– Ezequiel Garay became the first LaLiga player to announce that he had tested positive for coronavirus, with Valencia later confirming five positive tests among players and staff.

– Real Madrid players were told to go into quarantine after a member of the club’s basketball team tested positive. LaLiga suspended “at least the next two rounds of matches” as a result of the quarantine in place at Real.

– Barcelona suspended all first-team activity after taking advice from their medical staff.

– All domestic sporting action in Italy – including Serie A matches – was suspended until April 3.

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

– The German Football League suspended games in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga until at least April 3, with a review to be undertaken on March 30.

Football won’t be played in England until May at the earliest


– All football in Spain, including La Liga, has been put on hold indefinitely.

– Major League Soccer announced the suspension of matches with no set date for the competition to restart.

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

– The Northern Premier League announced all fixtures were suspended until further notice.

– The Scottish Professional Football League postponed all games ‘pending any Government order and/or further direction from the Scottish FA’.

– The Football Association announced it was “advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future”.

– The Professional Footballers’ Association announced it had postponed this year’s awards ceremony, which had been due to take place on April 26.

– The final Hillsborough memorial service, which was due to take place at Anfield on April 15, was postponed.

– CONMEBOL confirmed that the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana would be suspended until at least May 5.

– Major League Soccer announced an extension to its postponement of matches, confirming a target date of May 10 for a return to action.

– Rotherham boss Paul Warne confirmed two of his players – Freddie Ladapo and Lewis Price – are self-isolating after contracting symptoms.

– The Turkish Football Federation announced it was suspending all football activities until further notice.

– Four Portsmouth players – James Bolton, Andy Cannon, Haji Mnoga and Sean Raggett – tested positive for coronavirus.

Rugby Union

– The RFU has ended the season for all league, cup and county rugby in England, with the Premiership – which was in a five-week suspension – the only exception.

– The Guinness PRO14 was suspended indefinitely.

– The Super Rugby season was suspended after the decision of the New Zealand government to quarantine people entering the country for 14 days.

– Rugby Australia closed its Sydney headquarters for an “intensive clean” after two members of its Australian Sevens program showed signs and symptoms associated with coronavirus.

– South Africa Rugby suspended all competitive matches until April 25 at the earliest and calls off all national team training camps and business travel.

– The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup semi-finals and finals have been postponed from their scheduled May 22-23 dates. European rugby chiefs are committed to completing both campaigns this season.

– The Welsh Rugby Union has cancelled all league and cups this season. There will be no promotion or relegation in any WRU league and all teams will remain in their current division.

Olympics and Paralympics

– The International Olympic Committee has agreed to delay the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games for a year due to coronavirus. A statement read: “In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”

– The British Olympic Association said it will not “endanger the health” of athletes by encouraging them to prepare for Tokyo 2020 if it is not safe to do so.

– The Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay was cancelled the day after the first flame-lighting ceremony since 1984 to take place without spectators.

– The Olympic boxing qualifier in London was cancelled having initially moved the tournament behind closed doors.

– The Artistic Gymnastics All-Around World Cup event scheduled to take place in Tokyo next month has been cancelled. The competition had been due to serve as an Olympic test event.

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The IOC has agreed to postpone the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo for a year


– The Masters at Augusta, traditionally regarded as the sport’s blue riband event, became the first golf major to be postponed. The US PGA was postponed to a date later in the summer.

– The Players Championship was cancelled along with all PGA Tour events for the next three weeks. The PGA also cancelled four other events in April and May – the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson.

– Six European Tour tournaments were postponed. The Kenya Open has been joined by April’s Hero Indian Open, Maybank Championship and China Open. The Andalucia Masters, from April 30-May 3, was also postponed along with August’s Czech Masters.

– The Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Saudi Ladies International was postponed with a view to it being rescheduled later in the year.

– Africa’s Sunshine Tour suspended all activities and will review the situation on April 20 “or as the situation demands”.

– The entire PGA EuroPro Tour schedule, due to run from May to October and covering 15 events in total, has been cancelled.

– The USGA cancelled first stage qualifying for the US Open and US Women’s Open.

– The European Tour cancelled the GolfSixes Cascais event, with the Made in Denmark tournament postponed. European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said: “We will continue to monitor this global situation in relation to Coronavirus and evaluate its impact on all our tournaments, with public health and well-being our absolute priority.”

– The R&A says it is undertaking a “comprehensive evaluation” of its plans to stage The Open Championship and AIG Women’s British Open.

The Masters will not begin on April 9 as scheduled

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– The ECB announced there will be no professional cricket played in England and Wales until May 28.

– England’s Test series against Sri Lanka was postponed with the touring players returning home.

– The start of the Indian Premier League was postponed from March 29 to April 15 as a precautionary measure.

– The annual Champion County match, regarded as the curtain-raiser to the domestic season, due to be played between the MCC and Essex between March 24-27 at Galle was called off, as was the MCC World Cricket Committee meeting in Colombo scheduled for March 28 and 29.

– Surrey, Lancashire, Worcestershire, Hampshire, Essex, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Kent, Yorkshire, Somerset, Sussex, Derbyshire, Durham and Warwickshire cancelled or decided to return early from pre-season trips.

– The final two one-day internationals between India and South Africa will be rescheduled following an agreement between the countries’ governing bodies, while the remaining two ODIs between Australia and New Zealand were called off.

– Australia Women’s limited-overs tour of South Africa, consisting of three ODIs and as many T20s and due to start on March 22, will not take place.

– New Zealand Cricket cancelled the last two rounds of its domestic first-class competition after taking advice from medical experts. Wellington Firebirds, who finished the truncated season 26 points ahead of Central Stags, were awarded the 2019-20 Plunket Shield.

– Pakistan announced the third leg of Bangladesh’s visit, comprising of one Test and a one-day international, next month will be put back to a later date.

– Cricket South Africa cancelled all forms of cricket for the next 60 days.

– Ireland’s limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe next month was postponed.

– The seven-match series between Ireland and Bangladesh was postponed.

– Surrey sent six players home from training to self-isolate. Not all six reported symptoms but had been in close proximity to others who had.

– The Pakistan Super League announced on March 17 – the day the semi-finals were due to take place – that the competition had been postponed.

– England opener Alex Hales revealed he is in self-isolation after developing coronavirus symptoms.

– The England and Wales Cricket Board recommended all forms of recreational cricket be suspended.

Joe Root and co were due to be playing two tests in Sri Lanka

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– The British Boxing Board of Control has suspended all events until the end of April.

– Top Rank announced the postponement of its shows at Madison Square Garden on March 14 and 17. Belfast featherweight Michael Conlan’s bout against Colombian fighter Belmar Preciado at the Hulu Theater on St Patrick’s Day was therefore scrapped.

– All events scheduled for March in Japan were cancelled.

– Shakur Stevenson vs Miguel Marriaga and James Kirkland vs Marcos Hernandez (March 14) were postponed.

– London-based Olympic qualifiers were postponed until later this year.

Stevenson was due to defend his world featherweight title against Marriaga

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– UFC president Dana White has said the next three Fight Nights are postponed, including UFC London (due to take place on March 21).

– UFC Fight Night 170 was held in Brazil behind closed doors.

– Bellator 241 event – slated to take place in Connecticut – was scrapped.


– The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was called off along with the Monaco GP, while the races in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Spain and the Netherlands have been postponed.

– The Azerbaijan Grand Prix, due to take place on 7 June, has become the eighth race to be postponed.

– Formula One’s governing body approved a revised shutdown period – which had been reserved for August – to enable the possibility for racing throughout the summer. Team factories will be ordered to close for three consecutive weeks at an elected time between now and the end of April.

– Formula E temporarily suspended its season.

– Nascar postponed its race events in Atlanta (March 15) and Miami (March 22). All races were postponed until May 3.

– The Le Mans 24 hour race in June was postponed, with a provisional new date of September.


– 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.