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Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?

The outbreak of the coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of more than 25,000 people globally, has also affected sporting events across the world.

COVID-19, as the disease is officially known, has infected more than 553,000 people worldwide.

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Governments are scrambling to stop the spread of the virus, American Sports News advising against public gatherings. In several countries, people have been cautioned not to shake hands to minimise risks of contamination.

Italy, Europe's worst-hit country, has cancelled all sporting events until at least April 3 and the government has put the country in lockdown as it battles the virus.

In North America, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League seasons have been suspended. 

Football
Football in Russia has been suspended until April 10. The Russian league was the best-attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend, with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games, but the Russian Football Union agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting on March 17.

The African Nations Championship 2020 soccer tournament scheduled for April in Cameroon has been postponed indefinitely, the African Football Federation said in a statement on March 17.

This year's Copa America has been postponed until 2021, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on March 17. The 12-team tournament had originally been scheduled to take place from June 12 to July 12 in Colombia and Argentina.

The Euro 2020 tournament has been postponed until 2021, European football's governing body UEFA said in a statement on March 17. UEFA said that the 24-team tournament, which was due to be staged in 12 nations across the continent from June 12 to July 12 this year, would now take place from June 11 to July 11 2021. 

In England, all elite football has been suspended until at least April 30.

UEFA postponed next week's Champions League and Europa League matches, Europe's football governing body announced on March 13. 

The first and second tiers of Spanish domestic football have been suspended for the next two match days, the Spanish football federation La Liga and the players' union said on March 12.

Germany's Bundesliga and second division will pause at least until April 2 and possibly beyond due to the coronavirus, DFL CEO Christian Seifert said on March 16.

FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation have agreed to postpone the Asian World Cup qualifying matches in March and June.

In Greece, the Europa League's last-16 first-leg match between Olympiacos and Wolverhampton Wanderers on March 12 was played behind closed doors.

The top two tiers of French football - Ligue 1 and Ligue 2  - have been suspended until further notice.

In Paris, the Champions League clash between PSG and Borussia Dortmund on March 11 took place in an empty stadium.



The German Football League (DFL) called off matches scheduled for March 13-15 in the Bundesliga and second-tier Bundesliga 2. They recommended that both leagues be suspended until April 2.

In Denmark, players from Brondby and Lyngby are in isolation after they met former international Thomas Kahlenberg, who has tested positive for the virus.

The Swiss league has been put on hold until at least March 23.

All Romanian league matches will be played without fans until further notice.

All Bulgarian league matches in the next two rounds will be played without fans. Press Release Distribution Service USA The Bulgarian Football Union suspended ticket sales for the Euro 2020 qualifying playoff semi-final between Bulgaria and Hungary for March 26.

New seasons in the Chinese, Japanese and South Korean professional leagues have been postponed.

Asian Champions League matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG have been postponed. The start of the knockout rounds has been moved back to September.

The Confederation of African Football has postponed two rounds of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for March 25-31.

This season's Champions League final, Europa League final and women's Champions League final, all due to be played in May, were formally postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, European football's governing body UEFA announced on March 23.

An exhibition match between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been cancelled. 

Marathons
The London Marathon, which was scheduled to take place on April 26, has been postponed until October 4.

The Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 4, is now expected to take place on September 14.

The Paris and Barcelona marathons were also postponed. 

In Japan on March 1, the Tokyo Marathon, which usually attracts 300,000 participants, was restricted to only 200 elite runners.

Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have concluded the Tokyo 2020 Olympics must be postponed, and held no later than the summer of 2021, the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organisers said on March 24.

After a call with IOC president Thomas Bach, Abe said the July 24-August 9 event would be rescheduled for the summer of 2021 at the latest, as proof of victory over the coronavirus.

Athletics
The World Athletics Indoor Championships, scheduled for Nanjing from March 13 to 15, have been postponed until next year.

Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona marathons have also been postponed.

Formula 1
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix became the latest postponement in the calendar, meaning there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest.

The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7.

Formula 1 has cancelled the season-opening Australian GP after a McLaren team member contracted the coronavirus. The race was scheduled to take place on March 15. 

The Bahrain Grand Prix and the Vietnam Grand Prix have been postponed. Those events were first scheduled to take place on March 20-22 and April 3-5 respectively.

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, which was scheduled to take place on April 19, was also called off. 

Races in the Netherlands, Spain and Monaco in May have all been postponed, the governing motorsport body FIA said on March 19. 

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