Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on sports events around the world
LONDON: Major sports events around the world that are in the process of re-starting or which have been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
SOCCER
For an overview of the state of play in Europe’s soccer leagues amid the coronavirus outbreak click here:

  • Major League Soccer players returned to voluntary training on May 6.
  • The 2020 K-League season kicked off on May 8 behind closed doors.
  • Euro 2020 and Copa America were postponed. The two tournaments will now be staged from June 11 to July 11, 2021.
  • The Euro 2021 Women’s Championship has been pushed back to July 6-31, 2022.
  • Asian Champions League: The start of the knockout rounds was moved back to September.
  • The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has drawn up three plans to complete the 2020 Chinese Super League (CSL) season, one of which would see the campaign begin in late June and finish in December.
  • The women’s Bundesliga season will resume from May 29.
  • The Portuguese league approved nine stadiums for the league’s restart.
  • Costa Rica became the first country in the Americas to restart their professional league.
  • The women’s Under-20 World Cup in Costa Rica and Panama, postponed from August-September, has been rescheduled for Jan. 20-Feb. 6, 2021.
  • The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) said clubs could begin small group training sessions from May 25. The league is aiming for a late June return with a single city month-long tournament.
    OLYMPICS
  • The postponed Tokyo Olympic Games will now begin on July 23, 2021 and run until Aug. 8.
  • World Athletics has suspended Olympic qualification until December.
    PARALYMPICS
    The postponed Paralympic Games will run from Aug. 24-Sep. 5, 2021.
    WORLD
    BEACH GAMES
    The 2021 World Beach Games were moved to 2023.
    WORLD GAMES
  • The 2021 World Games have been pushed back by a year to avoid clashing with the Olympics.
    ATHLETICS
  • The World Athletics Championships scheduled for 2021 in Eugene, Oregon have been moved to the summer of 2022 because of the Olympic Games rescheduling.
  • The World Athletics Indoor Championships (Nanjing, March 13-15) were postponed to March 19-21, 2021.
  • Boston Marathon organisers have postponed the race from April 20 to Sept. 14.
  • The London Marathon which was due to take place on April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4.
  • The Diamond League plans to hold three meetings in August in Monaco, Gateshead and Stockholm followed by September events in Lausanne, Brussels, Paris, Shanghai and possibly Rome or Naples. Meetings in Eugene, Doha and China have been scheduled for October.
  • World Athletics released its calendar for the international season beginning with a Continental Tour Gold event in Finland on Aug. 11 and ending with a Diamond League meeting in China.
  • This year’s Biathle/Triathle World Championships in Weiden have been moved to 2021.
  • The World Triathlon Series (WTS) event and Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg have been rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 5-6.
  • The Ironman triathlon has been pushed back to Sept. 6 from its original June 21 start.
    AUSTRALIAN RULES
  • The Australian Football League season will resume on June 11, with four clubs moving to the Gold Coast due to tighter COVID-19 restrictions in their home states.
    BADMINTON
  • The Thomas and Uber Cup will be held from Oct. 3-11.
  • The 2021 World Championships will begin in late November instead of August to avoid clashing with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.
  • The BWF announced a new 2020 calendar with the World Tour set to return with the Taipei Open from Sept. 1-6.
    BASEBALL
  • The South Korean league started on May 5 without fans.
  • Taiwan’s baseball season resumed in April behind closed doors. On May 9, fans were allowed in for the first time, with 1,000 spectators watching games in New Taipei and Taichung.
  • Major League Baseball team owners on May 11 agreed a plan to start playing in empty stadiums in early July.
  • Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league will begin its 2020 season on June 19 with games played in empty stadiums.
    BOXING
  • Dillian Whyte’s heavyweight fight against Alexander Povetkin has been rescheduled for July 4.
    CANOEING
  • Canoe Slalom World Cups in France and Czech Republic have been tentatively rescheduled to October or November.
  • The Canoe Slalom World Cup Final and non-Olympic World Championships in Germany have been moved from September to October.
  • Canoe Polo World Championships in Rome have been pushed back until April 2021.
    CRICKET
  • English cricket’s The Hundred, originally scheduled to begin on July 17, was pushed back to 2021.
    CYCLING
  • Giro d’Italia will begin on Oct. 3, while the Spanish Vuelta will be held from Oct. 20.
  • Milan-Sanremo will be held on Aug. 8, Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Oct. 4, the Tour des Flandres on Oct. 18, Paris-Roubaix on Oct. 25 and the Tour of Lombardy on Oct. 31.
  • The Tour de France that was due to be held from June 27-July 19 has been postponed to Aug. 29-Sept 20.
  • The European Road Cycling Championships, scheduled for Sept. 9-13, have been postponed by a year.
    GOLF
  • Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning defeated Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in a charity golf match in Florida on May 24 at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.
  • The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club has been rescheduled for Nov. 12-15 from April 9-12.
  • The PGA Championships at TPC Harding Park San Francisco, has been rescheduled for Aug. 6-9 from May 14-17.
  • The U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York, was rescheduled to Sept. 17-20 from June 8-21.
  • The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is hoping to get the 2020 season underway with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational from July 15-18.
  • The Women’s PGA Championship has been postponed from late June to Oct. 8-11.
  • The Australian PGA Championship will take place at the Royal Queensland Golf Club from Dec. 3-6. – Reuters