2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
The 2020 Olympics have been postponed to 2021 in March 24 – became one of the last major sporting events that fell victim to the corona virus this summer.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a pivotal conference call with the chief of the Olympics, Thomas Bach, on Tuesday to formally decide a plan and they have chosen to postpone for 12 months.
The decision also means that the Tokyo Paralympic Games will be delayed for a year.
Despite the delay, the name of the delayed Games will still be Tokyo 2020, city administrator Yuriko Koike revealed.
A joint statement by the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee stated: & # 39; In the current circumstances and based on the information provided by WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister Japan has concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo should be rescheduled for a date beyond 2020, but no later than summer 2021, to protect the health of the athletes, everyone involved in the Olympics and the international community.
& # 39; Leaders agreed that during these difficult times, the Tokyo Olympics could be a beacon of hope for the world and the Olympic flame could light at the end of the tunnel the world is currently in.
& # 39; Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will remain in Japan. It has also been agreed that the Games will retain the name Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. & # 39;
There was a lot of skepticism that the Olympics would go ahead and continue as planned, while events related to the games were called off. The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday, March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.
Huge crowds defied Hollywood actor Gerard Butler while lighting the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta, despite repeated warnings to spectators not to attend due to the corona virus.
That forced the decision of the Greek Olympic Committee to end the torchlight procession on Greek soil on the second day of the planned eight-day trip. It is the only third time that a relay to Athens for the summer games has not been completed.
The Olympic flame is still being handed over to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday March 19, but without fans.
Athletes were told to continue training, but many had difficulty considering the government's final measures.
On Friday, March 13, US President Donald Trump's proposal to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year due to the corona virus was immediately shot down by the Japanese Olympic minister.
& # 39; The IOC and the Organizing Committee are not considering cancellation or postponement – absolutely not & # 39; said Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, at a news conference in Tokyo.
On Tuesday, March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of the vice presidents of the Japanese Olympic Committee and president of the Japanese Football Association, tested positive for coronavirus.
The International Olympic Committee and the organizers of Tokyo have kept up to date since the viral outbreak in China three months ago across Asia and around the world: matches will open as scheduled on July 24 .
The organizers of Tokyo 2020 received the Olympic flame during a scaled-down transfer ceremony in the Greek capital on March 19.
The World Indoor Athletics Championships, scheduled to run from March 13-15 in Nanjing, will be postponed to March 2021.
. North Korea canceled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after a border fence was imposed due to the magnitude of the outbreak in South Korea, where the Seoul Marathon is canceled to protect runners.
The Paris Half Marathon is canceled and the French government has also decided to ban all public gatherings of more than 100 people before ordering people to stay at least 15 days from March 15. The race with some 44,000 participants was scheduled for Sunday, March 1. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date to be determined.
The London Marathon, which would take place on April 26, has been postponed to October 4. More than 40,000 runners would participate.
The Barcelona Marathon, scheduled for March 15, has been postponed to October.
Olympic qualifications for boxing in Wuhan were canceled by the International Olympic Committee, but took place in Amman from March 3-11.
The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy after the outbreak.
The Japanese Boxing Commission has canceled all combat tickets scheduled for March on the advice of the government to suspend all pending sports matches. They are not moved.
Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino reveals dream relationship with Lionel Messi in the youth club of the pair Newell & # 39; s Old Boys in Argentina
- Lionel Messi has often expressed a desire to return returning to Newell & # 39; s Old Boys
- Mauricio Pochettino also started his career there and would like to go back as boss
- Pochettino says that he would like to manage Messi in Newell & # 39; s Old Boys in Rosario
- He also admitted that he hoped Messi could find success on the international stage
Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he would like to manage Lionel Messi in the future – and preferably at the Newell & # 39; s Old Boys boys' club.
Both football giants have had great success away from their native Argentina, but have their roots close to
While Messi has often expressed a desire to finish his playing career at his first club, Pochettino now also ties to the superstar in Argentina.
The former Spurs boss, who has been out of work since being fired in November in North London, told Radio del Plata: & # 39; I want to return to Newell & # 39; s with Messi.
& # 39; I can still wait [for an opportunity] and the best [possible scenario] would be with Messi in 10 years. & # 39;
Pochettino started his career with Newell in Rosario, before spending seven years with Espanyol, while Messi went through their youth education before joining La Masia in Barcelona in 2001.
Messi is now 32 and is expected to be a big part of the next World Cup campaign in Argentina, something Pochettino hopes will bring success to his countryman.
Messi has everything on clu B level won with Barcelona, but never managed to achieve that trophy-laden success on the international stage.
& # 39; I hope he arrives at a great time, & # 39; Pochettino continued. & # 39; His presence will be a recognition of the generation that deserved something more. Argentina will arrive well [equipped] to fight for the World Cup. "
Messi has yet to achieve a senior triumph with his country and lost in the final of three Copa Americas and the 2014 World Cup.
2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday, March 13 – just one day after the flame had lit in Olympia.
Crowds crowded Hollywood actor Gerard Butler to light the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta on Friday despite repeated warnings for spectators not to attend due to the corona virus.
That forced the decision of the Greek Olympic Committee to end the torch relay on Greek soil on the second day of the planned eight-day trip.
The Olympic flame will still be handed over to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee at Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday, but without fans. It is the only third time that a relay to Athens for the summer games has not been completed.
Due to the magnitude of the outbreak in Japan, Dick Pound, senior member of the International Olympic Committee, the disease as & # 39; the new war & # 39; which threatened Tokyo 2020 and warned that the Games may have to be canceled if the virus existed in May.
The Japanese government later insisted on Pound's comments were not the official position of the IOC, but doubts remain as to whether the summer showcase may still cause health problems.
Athletes have been told to keep training and the plan to keep the Games in Japan remains as planned, but the training of about 80,000 volunteers has been delayed for at least two months – it should start on February 22.
On Friday March 13; President Donald Trump's proposal to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year due to the spreading coronavirus was immediately shot by the Japanese Olympic minister.
& # 39; The IOC and the Organizing Committee are not considering cancellation or postponement – absolutely not at All, & # 39; Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, told a news conference in Tokyo.
The International Olympic Committee and the organizers of Tokyo have been kept informed since the viral outbreak in China spread across Asia three months ago and then the globe: The matches will open on schedule on July 24.
World Indoor Athletics Championships (March 13-15 in Nanjing) will be eliminated until 2021.
North Korea canceled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April imposing a border barrier due to the level of the outbreak in South Korea.
The Seoul Marathon is canceled in an attempt to protect runners after the massive outbreak in South Korea.
The Paris Half Marathon has been canceled and the French The government also decided to ban all public public gatherings of more than 5,000 people.
The race with some 44,000 participants was scheduled for Sunday (March 1) in the French capital. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date to be determined.
The Barcelona Marathon, scheduled for March 15, has been postponed to October to stop the spread of the corona virus, Barcelona City Hall said in a statement.
An Olympic mixed relay triathlon qualifying event scheduled for May in Chengdu, China is moving to Valencia, pending an outbreak in Spain .
German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26) 29), all Olympic qualifying events are canceled due to & # 39; strict health protection & # 39 ;. Olympic boxing qualifications held in Wuhan were canceled by the International Olympic Committee and are now being moved to Amman F from March 3-11
The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was Matchroom postponed due to restrictions in Italy after the outbreak.
The Japanese boxing committee canceled all battle cards scheduled for March on the advice of the government to suspend all pending sports matches.
All British fighting in the next two months is under threat. The BBBoC confirmed to Sportsmail that they are not currently making recommendations to cancel shows, but admitted that this may change and is awaiting government guidance.
The tour of England through Sri Lanka was delayed on Friday March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the English and Wales Cricket Board & # 39; completely unprecedented times & # 39; called
The decision was confirmed while Joe Root & # 39; s side was in the field at Colombo & # 39; s P Sara Oval, where he was fighting a warm-up match for a series of two tests that were being written off by a decision. makers back to the Lord. Track Cycling World Championships after being isolated due to fear of a coronavirus outbreak.
34-year-old Morkov had traveled to Berlin in February after contesting the first four stages of the UAE Tour, the last two stages of which were subsequently canceled after two race members were canceled. suspected of having the disease.
Riders and staff on the UAE Tour have since been locked, but after the Abu Dhabi Department of Health issued a statement on Saturday saying that 167 tests had returned negative, the UCI said Morkov was free to normal to race.
The highest level of English and Scottish football is at the earliest up to 3 April suspended due to coronavirus pandemic, it was closed on Friday March 13
The Football Association, Premier League, English Football League, FA Women's Super League and FA Women Championship have all agreed to deal with immediate entry to put an end to competition.
A joint statement by the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Football Association confirmed the suspension of all football north of the border until further notice.
The decision to suspend follows either players and staff being affected by the virus, or as a precaution, individuals isolate themselves after reporting symptoms consistent with Covid-19.
The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been postponed as a 'precaution'. after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus weeks later, seeing his Greek team play at the Emirates Stadium.
On Friday, March 13, UEFA announced that all Champions League and Europa League games scheduled for next week will be postponed, as well as the quarter-final draw for both leagues. UEFA convened an emergency meeting on Tuesday, March 17 to discuss whether Euro 2020 can proceed as planned.
All domestic matches at all levels are postponed by the Chinese Football Association because the season is being cut back due to the magnitude of the outbreak in China.
Asian Champions League games with Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed until April
The start of the Korean K-League season is postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League play their matches behind closed doors.
The Japanese J-League postponed all domestic games until mid-March.
Inter Milan's game against Sampdoria was one of four Serie A games canceled on February 22-23 weekend due to affected regions in Italy, with Prime Minister's advice to cancel sporting events To order.
Inter Milan's Europa League game with Getafe was also postponed on March 11. while the flight from Roma to Spain to Seville was banned from landing before being delayed, while Italy was locked.
The Coppa Italia game between Napoli and Inter Milan on March 5 became the last game to be canceled when it was postponed indefinitely. It was the 12th game postponed since the outbreak of the crisis and the third with Inter.
An update by Sport Minister Vincenzo Spadafora later confirmed that all Serie A matches for the weekend, from March 7 to 8, would be played behind closed doors. And with the country locked, it was later announced that all sports, including Serie A matches, would be suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.
In France, it was announced on Friday March 13 that there will be no top football for the foreseeable future in France after their governing body has postponed all matches in light of the pandemic of coronavirus .
In Spain, the Copa del Rey final of April 18 between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed.
UEFA said it is asking governments across the continent to ensure that Euro 2020 continues within three months. despite the coronavirus outbreak.
MLS has been suspended for 30 days with the delay of Inter Beck's first home game at David Beckham.
The home leg of the Chinese national women's team for South Korea's Olympic qualifier scheduled for March will be transferred to Sydney. The team will be quarantined on arrival in Australia for the qualifying group stage of January due to fears of virus carriers.
Inter Milan & # 39; s Europa League game against Ludogorets on February 27 was played behind closed doors. Only TV rights holders are allowed to attend the media, as the club wants to secure the San Siro. Ludogorets players arrived in Italy with face masks.
Serie A announced that five games would be played behind closed doors on February 28-March 1, including Juventus vs Inter Milan in Turin, a huge game between title rivals.
Ligue 1 followed with games played in empty stadiums until April 15. Clubs also have the option to play matches with only 1,000 fans.
LaLiga became the newest league banning supporters in stadiums. after guidance from the Spanish Ministry of Health and Sport. Barcelona's Champions League game with Napoli will also be played on empty ground.
Manchester United clash on Austrian side Lask was behind closed doors, with United handing out £ 350 to each fan to help with travel and accommodation after selling 900 tickets to the Europa League match.
Newcastle United has banned their players from shaking hands amid fears of the corona virus.
Three players of the Italian third division football club, US Pianese, tested positive for coronavirus . , the Tuscan side confirmed Friday.
Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Nottingham Forest, tested positive for the coronavirus. Both Olympiacos and Forest teams were tested and all came back negative.
In Germany, Hanover 96 defender Timo Hubers tested positive for the virus.
The Spanish Copa del Rey final, scheduled to take place on April 18, between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao has now taken place
Cristiano Ronaldo became isolated in Madeira after his teammate Juventus was revealed. , Daniele Rugani, has coronavirus.
Another Juventus player, Paulo Dybala, has also reportedly tested positive and has been quarantined.
The Football Association of Ireland has announced that all football under its jurisdiction will cease until March 29.
Liverpool has announced a charity match between a Reds Legends side and Barcelona Legends, which will be played at Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.
FIFA says it will postpone the South American World Cup qualifiers that take place in March.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on March 12, placing the entire squad of the first team in isolation. Gunners' game against Brighton, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been postponed.
In the early hours of Friday, March 13, Chelsea announced that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had diagnosed the disease.
The club's first team has become self-insulated, while two buildings are closed on their training ground in Cobham. Their game against Aston Villa, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, certainly seems to be postponed.
Thursday's Europa League clash between Olympiacos on Wolves took place behind closed doors following an order from the government in Greece, but Wolves have UEFA asked the fixture.
England's friendly match against Italy at Wembley in March will still continue, a tweet from the English football report revealed on March 11. England will also play against Denmark in March.
Israel has warned citizens to avoid all international travel, raising the question of whether supporters or players will travel to Scotland for their Euro 2020 playoff on March 26. if the coronavirus outbreak gets worse between now and summer. The tournament will be multi-city. UEFA admits that it is in a & # 39; waiting phase & # 39; and must follow the orders of the individual countries concerned. However, FA chairman Greg Clarke has stated that he expects the tournament to continue.
Premier League games become & # 39; probably & # 39; played behind closed doors for the next few weeks & # 39; because of the fears of the coronavirus, board member Sasha of Everton Ryazantsev has warned that, in line with the action taken in Serie A.
Chelsea & # 39; s Champions League last-16 return game in Bayern Munich is also about to be postponed, it was announced on March 13.
] Football organizations across England and the rest of Europe are bracing for a reported total shutdown of each league until September. UEFA will hold a meeting on Tuesday March 17 and is crucial to determining the fate of the 2019-2020 season.
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The 1945 Grand Prix Australia was canceled after a member of a McLaren team received Covid-19, causing the British team to withdraw before deciding whether the race would continue.
The announcement came hours after Lewis Hamilton said it was & # 39; shocking & # 39; was that the race continued.
The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 is postponed without deciding whether to include it again in the 2020 calendar for later in the season.
The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, is called off, as is the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix (scheduled for Hanoi on April 5) .
There is hope that the F1 season can start on May 3. F1 leaders want to continue the Zandvoort race in the Netherlands on that date.
The Women & # 39; s Amateur Asia-Pacific golf championship, scheduled to take place instead of February 12-15 in Thailand, was postponed and moved to October.
The Honda LPGA Thailand event in Pattaya, Thailand scheduled for February 20-23 along with the HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore, scheduled to start February 27, were both postponed
The PGA Tour Series-China postponed two qualifying tournaments and delayed the start of their 2020 campaign by two months, reducing the number of regular season events from 14 to 10.
It was decided the LPGA Blue Bay tournament in China to be canceled, with the event on Hainan Island (scheduled for March 5) seen as dangerous to player health
The European Tour instituted the Maybank Championship (April 16-19 in Kuala Lumpur) and Volvo China Open (April 23-26 in Shenzhen) out.
After deciding to play without spectators from the second round of the Players Championship, the PGA Tour canceled the event entirely after the first round on Thursday, March 12.
They also canceled their next three events, which means that the PGA Tour events will take place in April prior to the first major of the year, The Masters. However, on Friday, March 13, the prestigious Augusta tournament was also postponed.
In an online published statement, Fred Ridley, president of Augusta National Golf Club, emphasized that the decision-makers hope to hold the prestigious tournament & # 39; at some later date & # 39 ;.
The first major men's championship of the year would begin on April 9 in Georgia, but has been suspended due to the escalating pandemic.
Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open on medical grounds after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and was told to isolate himself. They were later placed back into the tournament after being tested negative for the virus.
The Japan Racing Association has revealed that "government-sanctioned races" will go behind doors
Two racing events in France next week will take place behind closed doors in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Monday's spring card and Wednesday's game at the flat in Compiegne have no paying customers, with the order of the city mayor and the president of the Compiegne Racing Society.
Racing in Ireland takes place until March 29 behind closed doors.
Scotland Women's Six Nations game with Italy on February 23 is postponed due to an outbreak in the Milan region.
And the women's match between Wales and Scotland in the Six Nations on March 15 was also eliminated after a Scottish player tested positive for the virus.
The Irish Six Nations meeting with Italy on March 7 is postponed.
Ospreys and Ulster's Pro14 tours to play in Italy on February 29 are postponed. Ospreys would play Zebre in Parma with Treviso as the venue for Ulster's game against Benetton.
The Italian Rugby Federation has its National Championship and youth matches for February 28 – March 1.
Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is postponed, which is a blow to the Olympic preparations for Team GB.
England & # 39; s last Six Nations game against Italy is out & # 39; with the intention of resisting it at a later date & # 39 ;. The same applies to the corresponding luminaires for ladies and U20. They would all be played on March 13-15.
Meanwhile, the six country struggles between France and Ireland have been reduced on March 14, with the French government taking action against sporting events.
Scottish rugby announced that the preparations & # 39; just keep going & # 39; while discussing with French rugby whether to continue their Six Nations game on March 8 after a second coronavirus death in France.
All remaining Six Nations games in Italy – which are expected to be England in their last game on March 14 – are seriously questionable given the magnitude of the outbreak in Italy.
Fear of the virus spreading prompted ITV to cancel plans to send commentators and experts to Rome for the English game against Italy in Rome.
All events on the ATP Tour have been suspended for six weeks.
The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, which was scheduled to begin on March 9, was postponed at eleven. It came after a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the nearby Coachella Valley.
The finals of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine, are canceled. Both players received ranking points and prize money for reaching the final. They were not given the opportunity to play behind closed doors.
China lost a Davis Cup tie because the men's team could not travel to Romania for the playoff from March 6 to 7.
WTA event Xi & # 39; an Open (set for April 13-19) is canceled due to fear of player safety. WTA has announced that they are evaluating their schedule with a number of events scheduled for China in the second half of the season.
The International Tennis Federation has announced that next month's Fed Cup finals have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The event was scheduled to take place in Budapest, and the league's playoffs, which would take place in eight different locations, have also been put on hold.
The WTA also announced that no tournaments will be held for at least five weeks.
Japan & # 39; s home game against Davis Cup next week against Ecuador is now played behind closed doors.
Players will no longer be allowed to hand over. their towels to ball children at BNP Paribas Open next week in Indian Wells, organizers said on Friday.
MotoGP canceled their first two races in Thailand Thailand. However, Moto2 and Moto3 will ride in Qatar as they were already stationed on the track for pre-season testing.
Cycling's United Arab Emirates Tour has been canceled with Chris Froome tested for coronavirus and Mark Cavendish is locked in his hotel room.
The South Korean baseball league canceled all 50 preseason games scheduled for March 14-24. It is the first time since the start of the competitions in 1982 that a whole series of exhibition games has been eliminated.
The draw of the first stage for the World Table Tennis Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22-29, is postponed.
A beach volleyball tournament, held in Yangzhou from April 22-26 from April, will be postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The World Short Track Speed Skating Championship in Seoul is canceled.
Next month's World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed on Saturday because of a precautionary measure.
The event was to take place from March 5 to March 7 in the city, which reported new cases of the virus.
Event organizers said they still hoped to resist. the event will take place later in March or April.
The Women's Ice Hockey World Championships, which are scheduled to take place in Canada later this month, have been canceled.
The NBA has also been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus.
The NHL has announced it has interrupted the 2019-20 season without a confirmed date for it to resume.
The London Marathon has been postponed for six months. It is said to take place on April 26, but has now been pushed back to October.
The Japanese professional baseball league decided to play their 72 games for the season behind closed doors until March 72. Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan.
In a tool to reduce the risks of exposure to the virus, the NBA has instructed players not to take items such as pens, markers, balls, and jerseys from signature seekers.
The regular season of the South Korean baseball league is in doubt prior to the first game round on March 28. An emergency meeting was convened.
Doubts remain as the Asian Weightlifting Championships, scheduled for March, are moving from Kazakhstan to neighboring Uzbekistan. They can still be postponed.
Rachael Blackmore admits that she sometimes takes a step back to reflect on the progress of her career and asks Wondering: & # 39; Is this really happening? & # 39;
If she can hardly believe her remarkable success in the last few seasons, goodness knows what she will think if this week at the Cheltenham Festival even goes half as well as many to predict.
Wins on A Plus Tard in the Handicap Chase of the Close Brothers Novices and Minella Going in the Grade One Albert consistent range of quality rides when Blackmore contacted De Bromhead & # 39; s stable in County Waterford last summer.
The Bromhead will provide most of Blackmore & # 39; s best rides at the festival, including Gold Cup Hope Monalee on Friday and today's Arkle Novice & # 39; s Chase favorite, Notebook.
The Bromhead also trains Honeysuckle, the deliverer of Blackmore's biggest domestic win to date, but last year's festival win still has a prominent place in her heart.
& # 39; If you told me a few years ago: & # 39; You'll be riding two winners in Cheltenham, & I said, & # 39; oh my god, i will reti again! That would be the best day ever, "said Blackmore, who attended the festival with friends as a teenager.
" Last year it was busy. I had one or two journeys in the previous two years, but with the logbook I had, it was a different kettle with fish.