Football under threat from Coronavirus: Newcastle United ban players from shaking hands

2020 OLYMPIC GAMES 

In doubt 

The scale of the outbreak in Japan saw senior International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound describe the disease as ‘the new war’ threatening Tokyo 2020 and he warned the Games may have to be cancelled if the virus was still around by May.

Olympic organisers have told athletes to train as normal with no decision made on cancellation

The Japanese government later insisted Pound’s comments were not the IOC’s official stance but there remains doubts over whether the summer showcase can still go ahead with health concerns.

Athletes have been told to keep training and the plan remains to hold the Games in Japan as planned but training for around 80,000 volunteers has been delayed for at least two months- it was due to begin on February 22.

ATHLETICS

Cancelled

World Athletics Indoor Championships (March 13-15 in Nanjing) off until 2021.

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed due to concerns over the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread among competitors

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed due to concerns over the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread among competitors

North Korea cancels Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lockdown due to the level of outbreak in South Korea.

Seoul Marathon cancelled in a bid to protect runners following the mass outbreak in South Korea.

In doubt

A mixed relay Olympic triathlon qualification event scheduled for Chengdu, China in May moved to Valencia. Going ahead pending an outbreak in Spain.

BADMINTON

Cancelled

German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, are cancelled due to ‘strict health protection’.

BOXING

Cancelled

Olympic boxing qualifiers to be staged in Wuhan cancelled by the International Olympic Committee. Now been relocated to occur in Amman from March 3-11

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

Japanese boxing commission cancels all fight cards scheduled for March on government advice to suspend all pending sporting fixtures. They will not be rescheduled.

Boxing qualifiers set for Wuhan were called off by the International Olympic Committee

Boxing qualifiers set for Wuhan were called off by the International Olympic Committee

FOOTBALL

Cancelled

All domestic fixtures at all levels are postponed by the Chinese Football Association as the season is pushed back due to the scale of the outbreak in China.

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

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

Inter Milan will play their European tie against Ludogorets behind closed doors at the San Siro

Inter Milan will play their European tie against Ludogorets behind closed doors at the San Siro

Ludogorets players were taking no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy

Ludogorets players were taking no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy

Japan’s J-League postpones all domestic games until the middle of March.

Inter Milan’s game against Sampdoria was one of four Serie A games cancelled last weekend due to affected regions in Italy leading to advice from the prime minister to call off sporting events.

Impacted

The home leg of the Chinese women’s national team’s Olympic qualification play-off against South Korea set for March is switched to Sydney. The squad are held in quarantine upon their arrival in Australia for January’s qualifying group stage due to fears of virus carriers.

Inter Milan’s Europa League match against Ludogorets on February 27 to be played behind closed doors. Only rights-holders are allowed to attend as media as club look to secure the San Siro. Ludogorets players arrive in Italy wearing face masks.

Serie A announce five matches on February 28-March 1 will be played behind closed doors, including Juventus v Inter Milan in Turin.

Wolves fans who made the trip to Espanyol for their Europa League last-32 second-leg have been urged to ‘travel with caution’ after a number of confirmed cases this week in Barcelona. The game is expected to go ahead without issue. 

Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and their England team-mates are due to face Italy in March

Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and their England team-mates are due to face Italy in March

In doubt

England’s friendly against Italy at Wembley in March now in doubt as the FA hold crisis talks following the outbreak in northern Italy.

Israel has warned citizens to avoid all international travel which raises questions whether supporters or players will travel to Scotland for their Euro 2020 play-off match on March 26. 

Growing concerns that some matches at Euro 2020 could be called off if the coronavirus outbreak gets worse between now and the summer. The tournament is set to be multi-city.

FORMULA ONE

Cancelled

Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 postponed with no decision over whether it will be reinserted into the 2020 calendar for later in the season.

The Chinese Grand Prix was first to be cancelled and other races could yet follow their lead

The Chinese Grand Prix was first to be cancelled and other races could yet follow their lead

In doubt

Australian Grand Prix insists they will go ahead despite an emergency response plan being enacted across the country to deal with the virus. The chief executive of the tourism council says that Victoria cannot afford for the event to be cancelled.

Bahrain Grand Prix still planning to go ahead despite a number of flights from Dubai and the UAE into the country being cancelled this week due to coronavirus fears.

Growing concerns over whether the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix (scheduled to take place in Hanoi on April 5) will go ahead



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