Cancellations and Delays: Sporting Events
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Here’s how the outbreak is impacting our lives with postponements, cancellations and closures.
- Tour de France Thecycling race won’t start on June 27 as scheduled. Organizers said they’re trying to figure out new dates for the event.
- UFC 249 UFC president Dana White said on April 9 that the event, slated for April 18, was canceled.
- British Open On April 6, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club announced that the 149th British Open championship will be delayed until 2021.
- Wimbledon On April 1, the 2020 tennis championship was moved to 2021, when it will run from June 28 to July 11.
- Tokyo Olympics On March 24, the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s prime minister said the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games will be postponed. On March 30, the IOC said the games will now be held from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021, with the Paralympic Games running from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5, 2021.
- NBA On March 11, the NBA suspended the rest of the 2019-2020 season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.
- Formula One The Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the 2020 Formula One season, was canceled after a McLaren team member tested positive for the virus. Upcoming races in Bahrain and Vietnam have been postponed.
- English Premier League English football authorities have suspended all matches until at least April 3 after a player and coach on different teams tested positive for the virus. On March 17, European soccer’s governing body UEFA postponed its European Championship national tournament to next year. This may allow leagues including the EPL to finish their seasons over the summer.
- Major League Soccer The MLS season was suspended on March 12 as it “continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.”
- NCAA Several major Division I conferences in the NCAA, including the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC and American Athletic Conference, said on March 12 that they would cancel their respective conference tournaments this week. The March Madness tournament was also canceled.
- NHL On March 12, the National Hockey League joined the list of sporting bodies suspending their season.
- MLB Major League Baseball spring training games were suspended, and health fears initially delayed the start of the 2020 baseball regular season by at least two weeks. On March 16, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared updated recommendations restricting events with more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, the MLB said it would follow those guidelines and further delay the opening of the regular season.
- The Masters Tournament The Augusta National Golf Club postponed the 2020 Masters Tournament on March 13, citing “the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community.” The club didn’t provide a new date for the tournament.
- Kentucky Derby The Kentucky Derby Festival postponed all events through April 4, with the Kentucky Derby race reportedly postponed until Sept. 5.
- Boston Marathon Originally set to take place on April 20, the Boston Marathon will now run Sept. 14, according to the Boston Athletic Association.
- EA esports Video game publisher EA said it’s suspending all live events for its competitive gaming series, which includes the Apex Legends Global Series, EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series, FIFA Online 4 Live Events and Madden NFL 20 Championship Series. The suspension began March 13 and will continue “until the global coronavirus situation improves.” Online events in which participants and staff are isolated will continue, EA said.
- Indianapolis 500 The event has been moved to Aug. 23. Meanwhile, the GMR Grand Prix was rescheduled for July 4.