How the coronavirus is impacting sport

How the coronavirus is impacting sport

(CNN)As the world scrambles to get to grips with the coronavirus outbreak, global sporting events are taking a hit.

There are now more than 88,000 confirmed cases of the virus around the world and the death toll is over 3,000 — the majority of which are from mainland China. The World Health Organization is preparing for a potential pandemic, so it seems the list of sports affected by the virus will grow.

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    • Swiss Super League postpones weekend fixtures after government bans large public events.
    • The start of the Chinese Super League has been postponed.
    • China’s women’s national football team was held in quarantine after Olympic qualifying matches were moved from China to Australia.
    • South Korea’s professional soccer league has postponed the start of its new season.
    • Four Serie A matches postponed in March due to a spike in cases in northern Italy.
    • Inter Milan’s Europa League game against Ludogorets was played behind closed doors.
    • Five Serie A matches will be played behind closed doors.
    • Japan’s J.League postponed seven Levian Cup matches in February and all domestic games through early March.


    • The 2020 World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing has been postponed until next year.
    • The Tokyo Marathon was run in front of empty streets and restricted to elite athletes only.


    • Multiple Asia Cup qualifying matches have been postponed, including Philippines vs. Thailand and Japan vs. China


    • The European Tour canceled April’s Maybank Championship in Malaysia and the following week’s China Open.
    • The LPGA canceled the elite Blue Bay tournament due to be held in Hainan.
    • It also canceled the 2020 Honda LPGA Thailand and the 2020 HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore.


    • The remaining stages of the UAE cycling tour have been canceled after two team members tested positive.

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    • China Masters tournament in Hainan has been postponed.
    • The Vietnam International Challenge has been pushed back from Mach to June and won’t act as a Tokyo 2020 qualifier.


    • The Longines Masters of Hong Kong showjumping event has been canceled.


    • The 2020 League of Legends LPL Spring tournament has been postponed.


    • The Olympic boxing qualifiers for Asia and Oceania teams were moved from Wuhan to Jordan.

    Winter Sports

    • The first Winter X-Games event to be held in China has been postponed.
    • The downhill and super-G men’s alpine skiing World Cup races were canceled in February.
    • The World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in South Korea have been postponed.


    • China’s Formula E race on March 21 has been canceled.
    • The Chinese Grand Prix — originally scheduled for April 19 — has been postponed.
    • MotoGP confirmed the Thailand Grand Prix, due to be held March 22, has been postponed.


    • Hockey Pro League matches between China and Belgium in Changzhou have been canceled.

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    • Hong Kong and Singapore Sevens tournaments have been moved from April to October.
    • The Six Nations tie between Ireland and Italy has been postponed after advice from government.

    Table tennis

    • The world championship to be held in Busan, South Korea, has been pushed from March to June.


    • China had to forfeit a Davis Cup tie against Romania because its team was unable to travel.
    • WTA canceled April’s Xi’an Open tennis tournament and said it would monitor events with upcoming competitions scheduled in China.


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