Sports Around the World: New COVID-19 Updates and Impacts

Soccer Football – FC Cologne Training – Franz Kremer Stadion, Cologne, Germany – May 7, 2020 FC Cologne’s Jan Thielmann with teammates during training, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Major sports events around the world that are in the process of restarting or have been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve got them conveniently listed here, sorted by sport.


  • The German Bundesliga season will restart on May 16 without fans in attendance.
  • The 20 English Premier League clubs have discussed plans for a resumption of training this month, followed by a possible return to action in June.
  • Clubs in Spain’s top two divisions are returning to individual training this week as organizers aim to restart La Liga in June.
  • Bulgaria’s top division will resume on June 5 without spectators and end on July 11. The Bulgarian Cup final will take place on July 4. The new season will start on July 25.
  • Italian clubs have been permitted to start training individually, but no team exercises will be allowed until May 18.
  • Portugal’s top-flight clubs resumed training on Monday amid plans to restart the league on May 30.
  • The Hungarian soccer season will restart on May 23 with two cup ties and a league game.
  • Major League Soccer will open up training fields for individual workouts from next week.
  • Denmark’s football association (DBU) hopes to resume its top-flight Super League on May 29.
  • Austrian clubs returned to training on April 20 ahead of a possible resumption of the season, which would be played without fans.
  • The 2020 K-League season will kick off on May 8 behind closed doors.
  • Poland’s professional football league said it intends to restart matches on May 29 and complete the season by July 19.
  • Turkey’s domestic leagues will resume without fans on June 12.
  • The Croatian football association said its season would resume with cup ties on May 30 followed by league games on June 6, pending government approval.
  • Serbia’s first and second divisions will resume on May 30 without spectators in a changed format.
  • Spain’s football federation (RFEF) is set to ratify a decision to abandon the women’s season on Friday.
  • 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 2022 and will run from July 6-31.
  • Asian Champions League: Matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG were postponed. The start of the knockout rounds was moved back to September.
  • Football Federation Australia (FFA) wants to resume the A-League season towards the end of July and complete it before the end of August.


  • The postponed Tokyo Olympic Games will now begin on July 23, 2021, and run until August 8.
  • World Athletics has suspended Olympic qualification until December.


  • The postponed Paralympic Games will run from Aug. 24-Sep. 5, 2021.


  • The 2021 World Games have been pushed back by a year to avoid clashing with the Olympics.



  • 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 organizers have postponed the race from April 20 to September 14.
  • The London Marathon, which was due to take place on April 26, has been postponed to October 4.


  • 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 South Korean league started on May 5 without fans.
  • Taiwan’s baseball season resumed in April behind closed doors and fans will be allowed into stadiums from May 8.


  • National Basketball Association (NBA) teams are expected to get the go-ahead to reopen practice facilities for limited use from May 8.


  • Dillian Whyte’s heavyweight fight against Alexander Povetkin has been rescheduled for July 4.


  • Canoe Slalom World Cups in France and the 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.
  • The Ocean Racing World Championships and 2020 Wildwater final are scheduled for September.


  • The Hundred, originally scheduled to begin on July 17, was pushed back to 2021.


  • Giro d’Italia will begin on October 3, while the Spanish Vuelta will be held from October 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.


  • Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, and Matthew Wolff will take part in a $3 million charity skins match on May 17.
  • Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning will compete in a charity golf match in May.
  • The Harding Park golf course, which is scheduled to host the PGA Championship in August, reopened on Monday.
  • 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 Women’s PGA Championship has been postponed from late June to Oct. 8-11.


  • The European Handball Federation (EHF) canceled the last 16 and quarter-final matches of the men’s Champions League. The best two teams from each group will now contest the final, which has been pushed back to Dec. 28 and 29 from May 30 and 31.


  • Racing in France will begin without spectators at ParisLongchamp on May 11.
  • Horse racing will resume in Germany on May 7 with a limited number of races in front of empty stands in Hanover. Races are also scheduled for May 8 in Cologne.
  • The Kentucky Derby, the first jewel in North American horse racing’s Triple Crown (May 2), was postponed to September 5.


  • Premier League Lacrosse is planning a two-week, quarantined, and fanless tournament starting in July.


  • NASCAR said its season would resume on May 17 at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.
  • The Le Mans 24 hours race was postponed from June 13-14 to Sept. 19-20.
  • The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until August 23.
  • MotoGP intends to start its season with races on July 19 and 26 at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.


  • The NFL plans to begin its season in September and games scheduled to take place overseas have been moved back to the United States.


  • Australia’s National Rugby League is set for a May 28 restart after players agreed to 20% pay-cuts for the abridged 2020 season.


  • The World Snooker Championship, originally scheduled to begin on April 18, will start on July 31 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.


  • The 2020 European Aquatics Championships scheduled to take place from May 11-24 in Budapest, Hungary, have been postponed to next year.
  • The World Aquatics Championships, scheduled for July 16-Aug. 1, 2021, were pushed back to May 13-29, 2022.


  • The French Open was postponed until Sept. 20-Oct. 4.
  • The women’s Rogers Cup tournament in Montreal was postponed until 2021.
  • Professional tennis returned with the Tennis-Point Exhibition Series event in Germany on May 1.
  • A number of high-profile male and female players will compete in the UTR Pro Match Series in Florida starting May 8.
  • Patrick Mouratoglou’s tennis academy in France will host a five-week series in May.


  • The Table Tennis World Championships in South Korea have been provisionally scheduled to be held between September 27 and October 4.


  • The UFC will stage three events in the space of a week beginning with UFC 249 on May 9, followed by two cards on May 13 and May 16.

List of sporting events that have either been canceled or postponed due to the outbreak:


  • U.S. trials for wrestling (April 4-5) were postponed.
  • U.S. Rowing postponed its team trials.
  • U.S. diving trials (April 3-5) were postponed.


  • The MLB has further delayed its 2020 season’s opening day of March 26.
  • The Women’s National Basketball Association postponed the start of its 2020 regular season, originally scheduled to run from May 15-Sept. 20.


  • FIFA has agreed to delay the first edition of its revamped Club World Cup due to be held in 2021.
  • UEFA put all club and national team competitions for men and women on hold until further notice.
  • The men’s and women’s Champions League finals and Europa League final originally scheduled for May have been postponed.
  • French league organizers decided to abandon the 2019-20 season, with Paris St Germain being awarded the Ligue 1 title and Amiens and Toulouse relegated.
  • The top-flight Dutch season was canceled and no league title was awarded.
  • Belgium’s top-flight season will not resume and the Pro League are set to announce Club Brugge as champions.
  • The German Cup final has been postponed indefinitely from its original May 23 date.
  • The Scottish Premiership remains suspended but the second, third and fourth-tiers have ended their seasons.
  • South America’s two biggest club competitions, the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, are suspended.
  • CONCACAF suspended all competitions, including the Champions League and men’s Olympic qualifiers.
  • Asian and South American qualifying matches for 2022 World Cup were postponed. 
  • New seasons in the Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean leagues were postponed.
  • The Asian Football Confederation on April 14 postponed all matches and competitions scheduled for May-June until further notice.
  • The Brazilian football Confederation suspended all national competitions until further notice.
  • Semi-finals of the CAF Champions League (May 1-3) and CAF Confederation Cup (May 8-10) were postponed.
  • This year’s International Champions Cup, a pre-season tournament featuring Europe’s top clubs, was canceled.



  • The Diamond League, the elite track and field competition, was forced to postpone events in seven cities scheduled between April and June.
  • The Paris and Barcelona marathons were postponed.
  • The 2020 European Athletics Championship due to take place from Aug. 25-30 was canceled.


  • The Australian Football League’s attempt to forge on with the season despite the virus outbreak lasted one round before it was shut down on March 22.


  • The Badminton World Federation (BWF) canceled the last five tournaments in the qualification period for the Olympics.
  • The Indonesia Open (June 16-21) was among a host of events that have been canceled while tournaments over the next three months were also suspended in Australia, Thailand, and Russia.
  • The U.S. Open, set to be held from June 23-28 in California, was suspended.


  • The final qualification tournament in Taiwan for the Olympics was put back from April to June 17-21, while the March 22-26 qualification event in Arizona was postponed.


  • The International Basketball Federation postponed the men’s Olympic qualifiers, European Championship, and the Americas Championship by a year.


  • Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defense against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium on June 20 was postponed.


  • The Indian Premier League, originally suspended until April 15, has been postponed indefinitely.
  • The last two games of Australia’s three-match one-day international series against New Zealand in Sydney and Hobart were canceled while the limited-overs tours were postponed.
  • The boards of India and South Africa agreed to reschedule a three-match ODI series to a later date.
  • England’s test series against Sri Lanka and West Indies were postponed. The England and Wales Cricket Board extended the suspension of the professional game in the country until July 1.
  • Africa’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka that was scheduled to take place in June has been postponed.
  • Australia’s proposed test tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed.


  • The final two stages of the UAE Tour were canceled after two Italian participants tested positive.
  • The Paris-Nice cycling race ended a day early after the eighth stage into Nice was canceled.
  • The Women’s Tour, scheduled to take place from June 8-13, was canceled.


  • The Open Championships were canceled.
  • The European Tour canceled the BMW International Open (June 25-28) and the Open de France (July 2-5). The Scottish Open (July 9-12) was postponed. The Tour had postponed or canceled events scheduled between March and May.
  • The 2020 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) scheduled for October were canceled.
  • The St Andrews Trophy, scheduled to take place in Wales from July 23-24, was canceled.


  • The German handball season was canceled after top clubs voted in favor of abandoning the campaign.
  • The men’s and women’s EHF Cup and Challenge Cup were canceled.
  • The remaining women’s Euro 2020 qualifiers as well as European playoff matches for the 2021 men’s world championship were canceled.


  • The Grand National Festival (April 2-4) was canceled.
  • The Dubai World Cup, one of the world’s richest horse races and a premier annual sporting event in the United Arab Emirates, will not go ahead this year.
  • The Guineas Festival at Newmarket in May and June’s Epsom Derby have been postponed while June’s Royal Ascot may be held without spectators.
  • British horse racing will remain suspended beyond April with no new date set for ending the suspension.


  • Seven Formula One races were postponed while Grands Prix in Australia, Monaco, and France were canceled. F1 hopes to start the delayed season in Austria in July without spectators before ending in Abu Dhabi in December.


  • Netball Superleague fixtures were postponed until at least May 31.


  • Four Six Nations matches were postponed.
  • France’s rugby federation suspended all its competitions and will not be allowed to return until September.
  • The European rugby season was suspended after European Professional Club Rugby postponed Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-final matches (April 3-5).
  • The semi-final and final of this season’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments, which were due to take place in Marseille in May, have been postponed.
  • England’s Rugby Football Union and Wales’ governing body confirmed the end of the 2019-20 season for all league, cup, and county rugby, but the English Premiership has been excluded.
  • Super Rugby suspended its season.


  • The World Surfing League extended the postponement of events through June while also announcing a major overhaul for future tours, with details on a post-season surf-off to be announced in July.


  • The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) scrapped all table tennis competitions until the end of July.


  • The Wimbledon championships were canceled for the first time since World War Two while professional tennis has been suspended until July 13.
  • The Fed Cup finals (Budapest; April 14-19) were postponed.
  • The Sept. 25-27 Laver Cup was canceled to avoid a clash with the rescheduled French Open.


  • The International Ski Federation canceled the final races of the men’s Alpine skiing World Cup.
  • The World Cup finals in Cortina were canceled along with the last three women’s races in Are.
  • The women’s world ice hockey championships in Canada were canceled.
  • The Ice Hockey World Championship scheduled for Switzerland in May was canceled.
  • The speed skating world championships in Seoul were postponed until at least October.
  • The March 16-22 world figure skating championships in Montreal were cancelled.
  • The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) has canceled the remainder of its season after temporarily suspending its playoffs.


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