Sporting Events Cancelled Around the World due to COVID-19 Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the sporting world into disarray with majority of events being cancelled or postponed.
Wimbeldon 2020 tennis championships have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the All England Club confirmed. It will be the first time the tournament is cancelled since the Second World War.
“This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen," Ian Hewitt, All England Lawn Tennis Club chairperson said.
International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships scheduled for Switzerland in May have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic as well.
Football has been largely affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Europe’s football’s governing body has postponed all national matches scheduled for June, including the qualification playoffs for next year's European Championship until further notice. All other UEFA competition matches, including the Champions League and Europa League, have also been postponed until further notice.
The ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2020 have been cancelled due to coronavirus with a possible postponement until later this year, but not before October 2020, the International Skating Union announced.
Coronavirus pandemic caused the National Basketball Association (NBA) to suspend the 2019-20 season until further notice after the Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert had tested positive for COVID-19. Another Jazz star Donovan Mitchell was reported to later test positive for coronavirus as well.
The final stages of the UAE tour, the Middle East’s largest professional cycling event, have been cancelled by the Union Cycliste Internationale after two Italian staff members were suspected of contracting the coronavirus. Later, officials in the UAE have confirmed six additional coronavirus cases, which were connected to the two initial cases reported at the race. The UCI announced that it would prolong the suspension of cycling competitions until June 1, 2020 and until further notice.
Formula 1’s season start is set to wait until at least June with Australian Grand Prix and Monaco Grand Prix cancelled, and six further races postponed.