Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19

Delay, Reschedule, and Canceled International Games, How the pandemic impacted major sports events.

Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19, Delay, Reschedule, and Canceled International Games, How the pandemic impacted major sports events.

Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19
1. 2020 Summer Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and commonly known as Tokyo 2020 is an upcoming international multi-sport event to be held in Tokyo, Japan. Originally scheduled to take place between 24 July and 9 August 2020, the Games have been rescheduled for 23 July to 8 August 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite being held in 2021, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad will keep the name Tokyo 2020 for marketing and branding purposes. This marks the first time in history that the Olympic Games have been postponed, rather than cancelled.

Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19
2. Formula One’s Chinese Grand Prix
Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19, Formula One's Chinese Grand Prix

In September 2017, a new three-year contract to host the race was announced, keeping the race on the calendar until 2020. In 2019 it hosted the 1000th round of the Formula One World Championship. The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix was originally scheduled to take place on 19 April but it was postponed due to the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

3. Indian Premier League

The 2020 Indian Premier League, also known as IPL 13 and officially known as Vivo IPL, will be the thirteenth season of the IPL, a professional Twenty20 cricket league established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007.

The commencement of the tournament has been postponed to 15 April due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was earlier scheduled to commence on 29 March 2020 and the decision regarding the postponement was reached with the consent of owners of all 8 franchise teams. However, it was further reported that the fate of the planned tournament to be decided after a committee meeting as of 14 March 2020. Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia also announce that the scheduled IPL matches involving Delhi Capitals will not be held in Delhi amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19, Indian Premier League

4. 2020 Wimbledon

As a result of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club announced on 1 April that the entire grass-court season was cancelled. It marked the first time a Wimbledon tournament had been called off since World War II.

Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19, 2020 Wimbledon
5. 2019-2020 NBA Season

The 2019–20 NBA season is the 74th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on October 22, 2019, and was suspended on March 11, 2020. The 2020 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 16, 2020, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and was won by Team LeBron, 157–155. The playoffs were scheduled to begin on April 18, 2020, and end with the NBA Finals in June 2020. The league suspended the season on March 11, 2020, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19, 2019-2020 NBA Season
6. The French Open Tennis tournament 2020

The 2020 French Open is a Grand Slam tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It will be held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, from 20 September to 4 October, comprising singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Junior and wheelchair tournaments are also scheduled. Rafael Nadal is the three-time defending champion in men’s singles, and Ashleigh Barty is the defending champion in women’s singles.

Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19, The French Open Tennis tournament 2020

It will be the 124th edition of the French Open and the last Grand Slam event of 2020. The main singles draws will include 16 qualifiers for men and 12 for women out of 128 players in each draw.

The tournament was originally supposed to start on 24 May and finish on 7 June, but was moved to the autumn schedule due to concerns over the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in France.

7. The UEFA European Football Championship

The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2020 or simply Euro 2020, is scheduled to be the 16th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19, The UEFA European Football Championship

The tournament, to be held in 12 cities in 12 UEFA countries, was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020. On 17 March 2020, UEFA announced that the tournament would be delayed by a year due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Europe, and proposed it take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021. The competition was postponed in order to reduce pressure on the public services in affected countries and to provide space in the calendar for the completion of domestic leagues that had been suspended.

8. 2020 BNP Paribas Open tournament

The 2020 BNP Paribas Open (also known as the 2020 Indian Wells Masters) is a postponed professional tennis tournament to be played at Indian Wells, California. The event was initially scheduled to take place in March 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, after a public health emergency for the Coachella Valley was declared following a confirmed case of the COVID-19 disease. Tournament director, Tommy Haas, told the press “We are prepared to hold the tournament on another date and will explore options.”

Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19, 2020 BNP Paribas Open tournament

It would be the 47th edition of the men’s event and 32nd of the women’s event, and is classified as an ATP Tour Masters 1000 event on the 2020 ATP Tour and a Premier Mandatory event on the 2020 WTA Tour. Both the men’s and the women’s events are scheduled to take place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on outdoor hard courts.

9. World Athletics Indoor Championships

The 18th World Athletics Indoor Championships were scheduled to be held from 13 to 15 March 2020 in Nanjing, China at the newly-built Nanjing’s Cube gymnasium at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park. The event has now been postponed until March 2021 due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. This would be the city’s first hosting of the event.

Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19, world athletics indoor championships
10. National Hockey League

The 2019–20 NHL season is the 103rd season of operation (102nd season of play) of the National Hockey League. 31 teams are competing in an 82-game regular season. The regular season began on October 2, 2019, and was originally scheduled to end on April 4, 2020. The 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs would have originally began a few days afterwards, with the Stanley Cup Finals held in late May and early June. The entire schedule was released on June 25, 2019. On March 12, 2020, the regular season was paused due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

Major Sports Events Delay Due to COVID-19, National Hockey League

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