As the Coronavirus outbreak has affected various parts of the world, looks at major international sporting events hit by the deadly virus so far. 

Tokyo 2020

With some Olympic qualifying events cancelled or relocated, the virus has stoked concern about the Tokyo Summer Games, which will begin on July 24.


The NBA abruptly suspended its season on March 11 after a Utah Jazz player was found to have tested positive for coronavirus moments before a game began in Oklahoma City.  The league announced that the suspension would begin on Thursday, but the final game of Wednesday’s (March 11) slate, between the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans, was cancelled soon after the announcement.


The BCCI has decided to suspend the Indian Premier League (IPL) until April 15 as a  precautionary measure against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The three-match ODI series between India and South Africa has been called off in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.

Bangladesh Cricket Board has postponed the two international T20 matches between Asia XI and World XI in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak. The games were scheduled to be played on March 21 and 22 to mark the birth centenary of Bangladesh’s father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.


UEFA has announced all Champions League and Europa League matches from March 16 have been postponed. The respective quarterfinal draws have also been postponed.

All top-flight football in England has been suspended until at least April 3 as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

A four-team women’s Olympic qualifying tournament involving China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand was moved from Wuhan to Australia by the AFC.


The China Masters tournament in Hainan, scheduled to take place from February 25 to March 1, was postponed after several players withdrew from the event. The Indian Open will be played in closed court as well. 

Formula One

Formula One organisers have postponed the Chinese Grand Prix, scheduled in Shanghai on April 19.


The International Olympic Committee announced Jordan as the host of the boxing qualifiers for Asia and Oceania after an event in Wuhan was cancelled.


Hockey Pro League matches between China and Australia, scheduled for March 14-15 in Changzhou, will not be played.


The World Athletics Indoor Championships, which had been scheduled in Nanjing from March 13 to 15 has been postponed until next year.

The Asian Athletics Association cancelled its February 12-13 indoor championships in Hangzhou.


The International Tennis Federation has moved the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I event featuring China, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea and Uzbekistan out of Dongguan to Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan. The Indian Wells Tournament also got cancelled in the last minute. 


The elite women’s LPGA golf tour in Hainan – an island on China’s southeast coast – cancelled the Blue Bay tournament that was scheduled to be held from March 5 to 8.

The PGA Tour Series-China moved its February 25-28 global qualifying tournament to Lagoi, Indonesia, from Haikou, a town in Hainan.




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