Sporting events are being postponed due to Coronavirus pandemic

As the world is reeling from the effect of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the sporting world is not left out of the catastrophic effects.

Concerns over the virus have prompted sports leagues across the world, professional and amateur, to take unprecedented measures to ensure the safety of fans and athletes alike.

Here are the announcements:


Asian Champions League: Matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG postponed to April-May. Beijing FC allowed to play from Feb. 18. Matches involving South Korean clubs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Suwon Samsung Bluewings and FC Seoul to be played with no spectators from March 3. Matches involving Iranian clubs Esteghlal, Persepolis, Shahr Khodro, Sepahan on March 2-3 postponed. All West Zone group matches from March 2 postponed. East Zone matches postponed to May 19-20 (Match Day 3), May 26-27, (Match Day 4), June 16-17 (Match Day 5), and June 23-24 (Match Day 6). Round of 16 postponed to Aug. 11-12 and 25-26, quarterfinals to Sept. 15-16 and 29-30, and the semifinals to Oct. 20-21 and 27-28.

Champions League: Valencia vs. Atalanta on March 10; Paris Saint-Germain vs. Borussia Dortmund on March 11; Juventus vs. Lyon on March 17; Barcelona vs. Napoli on March 18; Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea on March 18, no spectators.

Europa League: Inter Milan vs. Getafe on March 12; Sevilla vs. Roma on March 12, Basel vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on March 19, postponed. Inter Milan vs. Ludogorets on Feb. 27; Olympiakos vs. Wolverhampton on March 12; LASK vs. Manchester United on March 12; Wolfsburg vs. Shakhtar Donetsk on March 12; Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Basel on March 12; Getafe vs. Inter Milan on March 19; Roma vs. Sevilla on March 19, Copenhagen vs. Istanbul Basaksehir on March 19; Bayer Leverkusen vs. Rangers on March 19, no spectators.

Asian women’s Olympic qualifying Group B tournament relocated from Wuhan to Sydney from Feb. 3-13. China vs. South Korea playoffs on March 6 and 11 postponed to April 9 and 14, and postponed to June 1-10; China home game in Sydney. Vietnam vs. Australia in C?m Ph? on March 11, no spectators.

Asia World Cup qualifying: China vs. Maldives on March 26 and vs. Guam on March 31 moved to Buriram, Thailand, no spectators. Matches from March 23-April 9 postponed: China vs. Maldives, Philippines vs. Guam, Maldives vs. Syria, Guam vs. China, China vs. Philippines, Guam vs. Syria, China vs. Syria, Philippins vs. Maldives, Australia vs. Kuwait, Nepal vs. Taiwan, Kuwait vs. Jordan, Nepal vs. Australia, Australia vs. Taiwan, Nepal vs. Jordan, Taiwan vs. Kuwait, Australia vs. Jordan, Iran vs. Hong Kong, Bahrain vs. Cambodia, Hong Kong vs. Iraq, Cambodia vs. Iran, Iran vs. Bahrain, Iraq vs. Cambodia, Iran vs. Iraq, Bahrain vs. Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia vs. Yemen, Palestine vs. Singapore, Yemen vs. Uzbekistan, Singapore vs. Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia vs. Palestine, Uzbekistan vs. Singapore, Saudi Arabia vs. Uzbekistan, Palestine vs. Yemen, Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan, India vs. Qatar, Afghanistan vs. Oman, Qatar vs. Bangladesh, Bangladesh vs. India, Oman vs. Qatar, Bangladesh vs. Oman, India vs. Afghanistan, Japan vs. Myanmar, Tajikistan vs. Mongolia, Myanmar vs. Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia vs. Japan, Japan vs. Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan vs. Mongolia, Japan vs. Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan vs. Myanmar, United Arab Emirates vs. Malaysia, Thailand vs. Indonesia, Malaysia vs. Vietnam, Indonesia vs. United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates vs. Thailand, Vietnam vs. Indonesia, Thailand vs. Malaysia, United Arab Emirates vs. Vietnam, South Korea vs. Turkmenistan, North Korea vs. Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan vs. Lebanon, Sri Lanka vs. South Korea, South Korea vs. North Korea, Lebanon vs. Sri Lanka, South Korea vs. Lebanon, North Korea vs. Turkmenistan.

Euro 2020 qualifying playoffs: Slovakia vs. Ireland in Bratislava on March 26, no spectators.

Women’s Euro 2021 qualifying: Montenegro vs. Ireland in Budva on March 11, no spectators.

English Premier League: Manchester City vs. Arsenal on March 11 postponed.

La Liga and Segunda Division matches from March 10, no spectators. La Liga from March 12 suspended.

Copa del Rey final: Real Sociedad vs. Athletic Bilbao in Seville on April 18 postponed.

Serie A, B, C, D and Women’s Serie A matches in Lombardy and Veneto regions postponed from Feb. 22. Serie A: 6 matches on Feb. 29-March 2 postponed. All matches from March 4, no spectators.

Italian Cup semifinals: Juventus vs. AC Milan on March 4, Napoli vs. Inter Milan on March 5, postponed. Final moved from May 13 to May 20.

Bundesliga: Cologne vs. Borussia Monchengladbach on March 11; Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Paderborn on March 13; Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke on March 14; Cologne vs. Mainz on March 14; Hoffenheim vs. Hertha Berlino on March 14; Union Berlin vs. Bayern Munich on March 14; Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach on March 15; Augsburg vs. Wolfsburg on March 15; Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen on March 16, no spectators.

French league: Strasbourg vs. Paris Saint-Germain on March 7, postponed. All matches in Ligue 1 and 2 from March 13, no spectators.

French League Cup final: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Lyon in Paris on April 4 postponed.

Algarve Cup final in Portugal on March 11: Italy vs. Germany canceled.

Chinese Super League, due to start on Feb. 22, delayed.

Iran Pro League: All matches from Feb. 24, no spectators; season suspended from March 4-April 2.

J League in Japan: All matches from Feb. 25 postponed.

K League in South Korea, due to start on Feb. 29, delayed.

Swiss Super League and Challenge League from Feb. 28-March 23 postponed.

V League in Vietnam from March 7, no spectators.

First League and Second League in Bulgaria from March 8, no spectators.

Romania, all league matches from March 9, no spectators.

Primeira Liga in Portugal from March 10, no spectators.

Ekstraklasa in Poland from March 10, no spectators.

Austrian Bundesliga and 2nd Liga from March 10 postponed.

Premier League in Egypt from March 10, no spectators.

Denmark, all leagues from March 11 suspended.

Major League Soccer in United States: Seattle vs. Dallas on March 21 postponed.

AFC Cup: All group stage and playoff matches in east zone delayed to April 7.

Asian men’s futsal championship in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from Feb. 26-March 8 postponed to Aug. 5-16.

Qatar Airways International in Doha with Belgium, Croatia, Portugal, Switzerland from March 26-30 canceled.

Men’s friendlies: Japan vs. South Africa on March 27 canceled. France vs. Ukraine on March 27; France vs. Finland on March 31, no spectators.

Women’s friendlies: France vs. North Macedonia on April 10, no spectators.


ATP, ITF: Suspend events for six weeks over coronavirus.

WTA: Xi’an Open in China from April 13-19 canceled.

WTA: Kunming Open in Anning, China from April 27-May 3 canceled.

ATP Challenger Tour

Davis Cup: China forfeited World Group I playoff vs. Romania in Piatra Neamt on March 6-7.

Davis Cup: Japan vs. Ecuador qualifier in Miki on March 6-7, no spectators.

Davis Cup: Italy vs. South Korea in Cagliari on March 6-7, no spectators.

Fed Cup Finals in Budapest, Hungary from April 14-19 (with France, Australia, United States, Czech Republic, Russia, Belarus, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Slovakia, Switzerland) postponed.

Fed Cup playoffs on April 17-18 (Poland vs. Brazil, Mexico vs. Britain, Serbia vs. Canada, Latvia vs. India, Japan vs. Ukraine, Romania vs. Italy, Argentina vs. Kazakhstan, Netherlands vs. China), postponed:

Fed Cup Asia-Oceania Group I tournament moved from Dongguan, China to Dubai, United Arab Emirates from March 3-7.

Bergamo Challenger final in Italy on Feb. 23 canceled.

Qujing Challenger in China from March 2-8 canceled.

Zhuhai Challenger in China from March 9-15 canceled.

Shenzhen Challenger in China from March 16-22 canceled.

Madrid Challenger from March 23-29 postponed to October.

Zhangjiagang Challenger in China from March 23-29 canceled.

Taipei Challenger in Taiwan from March 30-April 5 postponed.

Nanchang Challenger in China from April 6-12 canceled.

Changsha Challenger in China from April 13-19 canceled.

Anning Challenger in China from April 20-26 canceled.

Seoul Challenger in South Korea from April 27-May 3 postponed to August.

Busan Challenger in South Korea from May 4-10 postponed to August.

Gwangju Challenger in South Korea from May 11-17 postponed to August.

Samarkand Challenger in Uzbekistan from May 11-17 canceled.


NBA from March 11 suspended.

FIBA competitions from March 13 suspended.

Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament moved from Foshan, China, to Belgrade, Serbia, from Feb. 6-9.

3×3 Olympic qualifying tournament in Bengaluru, India from March 18-22 postponed.

Asia Cup qualifiers postponed: Philippines vs. Thailand on Feb. 20; Japan vs. China on Feb. 21; China vs. Malaysia on Feb. 24. Matches scheduled for Hong Kong moved to opponents’ homes.

NCAA tournaments in United States cancel NCAA tournament.

South Korean Basketball League: All games from Feb. 25, no spectators. From Feb. 29, suspended.

Serie A in Italy: Games on March 7, no spectators. From March 8-13, postponed.

EuroLeague: Milan vs. Real Madrid in Milan on March 3; Valencia vs. Milan in Valencia on March 5. Competition from March 12 suspended.

EuroLeague Women: Famila Schio vs. Sopron on Feb. 26; Reyer vs. Riga on Feb. 26; USK Praha vs. Famila Schio on March 11; Ekaterinburg vs. Montpellier on March 11, canceled. Competition from March 13 suspended.

EuroCup: Brescia vs. Reyer on March 3, Monaco vs. UNICS Kazan on March 4, Darussafaka vs. Bologna on March 5, no spectators. Competition from March 12 suspended.

EuroCup Women: Castors Braine vs. Valencia on March 12; Reyer vs. Girona on March 12, canceled. Dynamo Kursk vs. Avenida on March 12 canceled. Competition from March 13 suspended.

3×3 Asia Cup in Changsa, China from March 13-17 postponed to Sept. 9-13.

Basketball Africa League due to start on March 13 delayed.

Culled from ESPN

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