Sports Events affected by coronavirus in 2020
Coming up next is a rundown of universal games influenced by the coronavirus, which has murdered more than 300 individuals and contaminated more than 14,000 in China after it previously developed in Wuhan, Hubei area, before the end of last year:
Athletics The World Athletics Indoor Championships, which had been scheduled for Nanjing from March 13-15, were postponed until next year. World Athletics is working with organizers to settle on a date to host the biennial event in 2021. The Asian Athletics Association canceled its Feb. 12-13 indoor championships in Hangzhou.
Soccer Australian officials are seeking to reschedule AFC Asian Champions League matches after their government imposed a travel ban on foreign nationals arriving from China. Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG were due to play Perth Glory and Sydney FC next week. A four-team women’s Olympic soccer qualifying tournament involving China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand was moved from Wuhan and rearranged to be held in Australia by the AFC. Organizers were also forced to change the match schedule after China’s team, which arrived in Australia on Jan. 29, was placed in quarantine in Brisbane until after Feb. 5. The Chinese Football Association said domestic games at all levels would be postponed.
Formula E The all-electric Formula E motor racing series abandoned plans for a race in Sanya on March 21. The move puts Formula One in the spotlight, with Shanghai due to host the Chinese Grand Prix on April 19.The coronavirus outbreak has seen sporting events cancelled around the world. Esports and online gaming are helping fill the void, with demand and viewing figures soaring. The coronavirus has brought sport to a standstill but the virtual world is seizing the opportunity to fill the void, with athletes rushing to join online gamers as demand and viewing figures soar.
Darren Cox, President and CEO of Torque Esports and founder of http://www.the-race.com that organised an all-star race last Sunday after the Australian Formula One Grand Prix was cancelled, has never seen anything like it.
Cricket has seen international series postponed, the Indian Premier League put on hold and the T20 World Cup in Australia thrown into doubt by the coronavirus pandemic.
Here, AFP Sport takes a look at what could happen next for cricket in 2020:
The West Indies have been one of the weakest of the Test nations in the last 10 years, with troubles behind the scenes and rows over players’ pay often proving costly for a talented side on the pitch. But they have still produced two memorable World T20 triumphs, in 2012 and 2016, but now may have to wait to defend their crown in Australia.
The 2020 T20 World Cup is due to get underway in October, but the International Cricket Council (ICC) admitted on Friday that it was “exploring all options”, despite playing down reports that it could be pushed back until 2021. A postponement would be a blow to some of the game’s ageing stars, including the 40-year-old Chris Gayle, who was hoping to bow out of the international arena in style by leading the Windies to another global title.
Tennis The International Tennis Federation moved the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I event featuring China, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea and Uzbekistan out of Dongguan to Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) in Kazakhstan. But the Feb. 4-8 event was later postponed here after Kazakhstan declined to serve as substitute hosts.
Badminton The Feb. 25 to March 1 China Masters tournament in Hainan was postponed after several players withdrew. The BWF said it hoped the flagship Badminton Asia Championships could still go ahead in Wuhan from April 21-26.
Boxing The International Olympic Committee announced Jordan as hosts of the boxing qualifiers for Asia and Oceania after an event in Wuhan was canceled. It will now take place in Amman from March 3 to 11.
Basketball The International Basketball Federation moved the Feb. 6-9 Tokyo Olympics qualifiers to be held in Foshan to Belgrade.
Golf The elite women’s LPGA golf tour canceled the March 5-8 Blue Bay tournament to be held on Hainan. The sixth edition of the Hong Kong Ladies Open, scheduled to take place from Feb. 28-March 1, was postponed to May 8-10.
Equestrian The Feb. 14-16 Longines Masters of Hong Kong showjumping leg was canceled.
Alpine Skiing Skiing’s governing body canceled the Feb. 15-16 World Cup in Yanqing.
X- Games The first winter X-Games scheduled to be held in China, in Hebei province from Feb. 21-23, was postponed.
Written By Prof. Jaswinder Singh Brar Sports Writer .The views expressed are personal. He can be reached on [email protected]
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