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Impact of coronavirus on professional sports and a list of cancellations

Coronavirus is causing the cancellation of sports across the globe. Here are all the sports that have been impacted so far.


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BREAKING: NBA, MLS, NHL, PGA Tour suspend play and MLB delayed due to coronavirus. EPL, The Masters, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and WSL are all suspended too.

As the coronavirus continues to spread, with the outbreak officially classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on March 11 (EDT), professional sporting competitions across the globe are suffering.

Initially leading to the postponement or cancellation of sporting events in China back in late January, where COVID-19 is believed to have originated, it’s now affecting leagues and tournaments in Europe, Australia and the US. Northern Italy has been the most affected area in Europe for COVID-19. Since the first official announcement on March 4 (EDT) that all Italian sports were to be held behind closed doors until at least April 3 was made, Italy has suspended all sports in the country— and the US isn’t far behind.

What major sports are affected by COVID-19?

Formula One and MotoGP, Six Nations and World Sevens rugby, The Masters and March Madness as well as European soccer leagues are all experiencing delays or cancellations.

The Chinese F1 Grand Prix (GP) scheduled for April was the first to be postponed, with the cancellation of the Australian GP and postponement of the Dutch, Vietnamese, Spanish and Bahrain Grand Prix following soon after. Formula One has since postponed its 2020 season, predicting it to begin in May.

The AFC Champions League postponed matches across the continent, with the exception of one each in Malaysia and Australia. The latter was Sydney FC’s home fixture against South Korea’s Jeonbuk. The start of the Japanese and Korean leagues have both been delayed.

This is all likely to have a trickle-down effect too, with areas such as broadcasting, merchandising and revenue from ticket sales all expected to be significantly impacted. With events like the Euro 2020 play-offs and the 2020 Olympics fast approaching, the situation is being closely monitored on a daily basis.

List of sports cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus

Finder acknowledges that this is not a comprehensive list of every single sport in the world affected.

EventOriginal DateImpactSource
Boxing Olympic qualifiers3-14 FebruaryRelocatedMore info
Matildas vs China13 FebruaryRelocatedMore info
Golf USLPGA: LPGA Thailand20-23 FebruaryCancelledMore info
Chinese Super League21 FebruaryPostponedMore info
Golf USLPGA: HSBC Champions27 February-1 MarchCancelledMore info
Japan’s J.League25 February-15 MarchDelayedMore info
Korea’s K League29 FebruaryPostponed indefinitelyMore info
Swiss Football League29 FebruaryAll games from this date cancelledMore info
Pro14 Rugby29 FebruaryTwo matches in Italy postponedMore info
Football Asian Champions League Match days 1-32-4 MarchPostponedMore info
Golf USLPGA: Blue Bay5-8 MarchCancelledMore info
Davis Cup – China forfeited to Romania6-7 MarchForfeitedMore info
Six Nations: Italy vs Ireland7 MarchPostponedMore info
Strasbourg vs PSG7 MarchPostponedMore info
MotoGP Qatar9 MarchCancelledMore info
Indian Wells/strong>9 MarchCancelledMore info
Serie A10 MarchCancelledMore info
NBA12 MarchSeason suspendedMore info
NBL Finals12 MarchPostponedMore info
NCAA College basketball tournament ‘March Madness’13 MarchCancelledMore info
NHL13 MarchSeason suspendedMore info
MLS13 MarchSeason suspendedMore info
MLB13 MarchSeason delayedMore info
Tennis ATP Tour13 March-20 AprSuspended six weeksMore info
World Superbikes Qatar13-20 MarchPlayed behind closed doorsMore info
Cricket: Australia vs NZ ODI series13-15 MarchCancelledMore info
NASCAR22 MarchPostponedMore info
Australian F1 Grand Prix13-15 MarchCancelledMore info
V8 Supercars Melbourne 40013-15 MarchTo be rescheduledMore info
Golf PGA Tour12 March-April 5CancelledMore info
NRL13 MarchBehind closed doors round 2 onwardsMore info
AFL13 MarchBehind closed doors round 2 onwardsMore info
AFLW13 MarchBehind closed doors inmediatelyMore info
NBL Finals13 MarchPlayed behind closed doorsMore info
English Premier League14 MarchSuspendedMore info
Ligue 114 MarchSuspendedMore info
World Surf League14 MarchSuspendedMore info
Bundesliga14 MarchSuspendedMore info
English Football League14 MarchSuspendedMore info
The Masters14 MarchPostponedMore info
Scottish Premiership Football League14 MarchSuspendedMore info
Indian Premier League14 MarchPostponedMore info
F1 Bahrain GP14 MarchPostponedMore info
F1 Vietnam GP14 MarchPostponedMore info
IndyCar14 MarchEvents from 13 March to 26 April cancelledMore info
Cricket: India vs South Africa ODI series15 MarchPostponedMore info
Cricket: Australia vs New Zealand ODI15 and 20 MarchCancelledMore info
Surfing WSL TourOngoingAll March events cancelledMore info
Basketball EuroleagueOngoingSuspended indefinitelyMore info
UK Super LeagueOngoingPostponedMore info
Cricket Sheffield Shield17-20 MarchCompetition cancelled, NSW given titleMore info
FIFA23-31 MarchPostponedMore info
WCQ: Australia vs Kuwait/Nepal vs Australia26 March, 31 MarchPostponedMore info
NHLOngoingSeason suspended indefinitelyMore info
Asian Champions League: Perth Glory vs Ulsan Hyundai18 MarchPostponedMore info
MotoGP Thailand20-22 MarchPostponedMore info
Motorsport Formula E Championship21 MarchCancelledMore info
MotoGP USA4-6 AprilPostponed to November 2020More info
Cricket: Australia women tour of South Africa22 March-4 AprilSuspendedMore info
Cricket Indian Premier League29 March-15 AprilSuspended until April 15More info
Rugby Union World Sevens: Hong Kong3-5 April (re-scheduled to 16-18 October)RescheduledMore info
Masters Golf and PGA Tour9 AprilPostponedMore info
US vs Matildas friendly11 AprilCancelledMore info
Rugby Union World Sevens: Singapore11-12 April (re-scheduled to 10-11 October)RescheduledMore info
Tennis Fed Cup Finals14-19 AprilPostponedMore info
Canada vs Matildas15 AprilCancelledMore info
Golf PGA: Maybank Championship16-19 AprilPostponedMore info
Formula1: China Grand Prix17-19 AprilPostponedMore info
MotoGP Argentina17-19 AprilRescheduled to NovemberMore info
Boxing: Jeff Horn vs Tim Tszyu fight22 AprilPostponedMore info
Golf PGA: China Open23-26 AprilPostponedMore info
SailGP San Francisco2-3 MayCancelledMore info
Football Asian Champions League Round of 1618 MayPostponed/rescheduledMore info
WTA Tour Xi’an Open13-19 AprilCancelledMore info
Horse racing: Kentucky Derby2 MayCancelledMore info
Golf: US PGA Championship14-17 MayPostponedMore info
Tennis: French Open24 May-7 JuneRescheduledMore info
AFL China7 JuneCancelled/relocatedMore info
WCQ: Australia vs Taiwan/Jordan4, 9 JunePostponedMore info
Rugby League: NZ vs Tonga, Samoa vs Cook Islands20 JunePostponedMore info

Will more sports be cancelled due to coronavirus?

With new cases of coronavirus growing by the day and the situation declared a global pandemic, sports fans are facing a rocky outlook for 2020.

The International Olympic Committee’s official stance is that everything is “business as usual” and athletes should continue their preparations, yet some Olympic test events have already been cancelled. The NFL is doing something similar, where it still plans to hold the 2020 draft in April, but have decided to cut out the public draft events usually held in Las Vegas.

As for the final round of play-offs for the Euro 2020 soccer tournament, semi-finals and finals are scheduled for March 26 and 31, respectively.

What if I have signed up to watch these sports?

Sports fans in the general sense might want to think twice before signing up for new subscriptions with the intention of watching particular tournaments— NCAA, The Masters, F1. While seasons could start up again, there’s no guarantee of what will happen in the next few weeks.

We don’t see any type of refund happening if COVID-19 disrupts your plans for the 2020 season, but crazier things have happened. It’s best to contact customer service and talk through your situation, given the special circumstance.

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