With corona virus deaths exceeding 3,000 worldwide, the Covid-19 epidemic has spread to nearly every aspect of life, and sport is no exception. Many football events both big and small have been canceled, changed or postponed by athletes, officials and spectators worried about the spread of the virus.
Italy is the most drastic in announcing all domestic football events, including Serie A matches, which will take place without an audience for at least another month.
What about other countries and events?
The Summer Olympics, involving the movement of tens of thousands of athletes, officials, media members and spectators, was naturally one of the biggest concerns during the Covid-19 epidemic. spread. This concern is further raised when the event is scheduled to take place in July and August in Tokyo, close to China.
Until now, everything has been working as planned, officials said. In fact, during a recent press conference, IOC President Thomas Bach said that no word of “cancel” or “postponement” was mentioned. Quite simply, the IOC does not want to “fuel the fire” in the face of increasing rumors, although Seiko Hashimoto, the Olympic Minister of Japan, informed the National Assembly that in theory, the Olympic Games could be postponed. to the end of 2020 under the agreement with the IOC.
After all, the biggest advantage the Olympic seems to have is time and many health officials hope the virus will be better prevented in the summer.
Naturally, the torch-lighting ceremony in Greece, on March 12, to open the torch relay for many months, will be shortened.
Club-level football events
After postponing 5 matches in Serie A over the weekend, including the Juventus-Inter, Italy announced that all football events would be held without spectators until at least April 3. Delayed matches will be held in May.
Similarly, Switzerland postponed the championship until March 23 after the teams refused to play without spectators. Iran postponed all three grades until April 2.
In China, the season started on February 22, but hasn’t started yet. Chinese Champions League competitions involving Chinese teams are postponed until April. Korea postponed the start of the season, while Japan played a round in late February before taking a break. stop the season.
Back to Europe. The Spanish Health Minister said events that could attract fans from translated regions like Italy should be held without an audience, such as a Champions League match between Valencia and Atalanta on 3/10.
Dortmund, meanwhile, have canceled their planned Asian tour this summer.
International soccer-football events
UEFA said it was concerned about the corona virus as EURO 2020 approached and took place in many European cities in early June. So far, no decision has been made.
China’s World Cup qualifying matches this month will be moved to Thailand and played without fans due to covid-19.
The NBA tournament sent a memorandum to the teams, advising players to hold it instead of touching their palms when interacting with fans. The memorandum also recommends the player not to borrow pens and markers from fans when signing autographs.
Similarly, the English cricket players prepare to travel to Sri Lanka, while in English football, Newcastle forbid shaking hands on the training ground. And the Scottish Championship dropped the handshake procedure before and after the game.
The MLB is on hold when spring training begins in Florida and Arizona.
In Japan, pre-season matches take place in stadiums without spectators, and a discussion of the season’s opening, scheduled for March 20, is still being held.
An Olympic baseball qualifying event scheduled to involve Taiwan (China) in April has been postponed until June.
A WTA event in Xi’an, China, in April was canceled. China also gave up in the Davis Cup instead of going to Romania to play on Friday.
The World Indoor Indoor Athletics Championships- famous football events, scheduled to be held in Nanjing, China, from March 13 to 15, have been postponed for a year. The world team table tennis championships in Busan, South Korea, this month has moved to June. in October.
The World Cup triathlon event at Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech, this weekend will be held, but there will be no audience due to covid-19. It is worth mentioning that many people were in Italy less than 14 days ago.
The Formula 1, Chinese Grand Prix, scheduled for April 19, has been postponed and no new date has been set. Motorcycle Grand Prix canceled the first two races of the season, in Qatar and Thailand.
The Tokyo Marathon on Sunday is limited to a few hundred athletes and tens of thousands more have signed up at home. Audiences are also required to stay at home, so the event is held on mostly empty streets.
LPGA Tour has announced the cancelation of 3 consecutive football events in February and March in China, Thailand and Singapore. The schedule will restart in Arizona later this month.
A match between Ireland and Italy in the annual Six Nations tournament, scheduled for Saturday in Dublin, has been postponed without a replacement date set. Football events in Hong Kong (China) Singapore in the rugby sevens series have been postponed to October.
Two turns of the UAE Tour were canceled after two riders from Italy were suspected of being infected with the virus. The driver who took the lead after the first 5 races, Adam Yates, was declared the winner.
Dozens of riders and team officials were isolated in a UAE hotel after the race. Thierry Vittu, president of the Cofidis team, said their riders were treated as victims of the plague, while Roberto Damiani, the team’s sporting director, threatened a hunger strike. Officials said the teams will remain isolated until March 14.
In 2019, 2020 Olympic organizers said they had invested $ 12.6 billion in preparations of these football events, while Nikkei estimated Japan’s cost to $ 28 billion. Therefore, the delay or not to hold the 2020 Olympic Games will be a strong blow to the Japanese economy. In 1916, 1940 and 1944, the Summer Olympics have canceled the football events due to the war and now, due to covid-19; 1940 and 1944 were the Winter Olympics.
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