The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has forced the cancellation or postponement of a range of sporting events that had been set to take place in 2020. While some events, like the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan, have been put on hold until next year in the hope that they could then take place, others have been cancelled entirely, with no indication yet of when or how they will be held.
In case you were wondering, these are the events from the 2020 sporting calendar that have been affected.
The Summer Olympics and Paralympics
The Games would have started on 24 July, but after an outcry from athletes and sporting bodies, citing their health concerns, the International Olympic Committee made the decision to postpone the event to 2021. No dates have been set as yet.
The 2020 World Athletics Indoor Championships
Meant to have taken place from 13 to 15 March in Nanjing, China, this event has been postponed until March 2021.
The 2020 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships
This event has been postponed until October 2020, but was originally set to be held on 29 March in Gdynia, Poland.
The 2020 Diamond League
This year’s Diamond League Athletics event was scheduled for April, but has been postponed to later in 2020.
The 2020 Boston Marathon
One of the world’s most prominent marathon events has been cancelled, after an initial postponement to 28 May.
The 2020 London Marathon
The marathon would have taken place on 26 April, but has been postponed until 4 October this year.
The Comrades Marathon
South Africa’s foremost marathon event was cancelled, with organisers instead putting together a remote event for long-distance running enthusiasts, dubbed “Race the Comrades Legends”.
The Tour de France
The world’s biggest road cycling event would have been held from 27 June to 19 July, but has been postponed. While no dates have been finalised, the event is now planned for 29 August to 20 September this year.
The Cape Epic
This mountain bike stage race would have taken place from 15 to 22 March, but has been cancelled.
The Masters Tournament
While local amateur golfing enthusiasts rejoiced at the news that they would now be able to return to the green, most elite tournaments that were scheduled for this year have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Masters Tournament, scheduled for 9 to 12 April, was one of the tournaments that were cancelled.
The 2020 PGA Championship
Scheduled for 11 to 17 May 2020, this event has been postponed.
The 2020 U.S. Golf Open
Another golfing event that has been rescheduled from 18 to 21 June, to 17 to 20 September is the 2020 U.S. Open.
The 2020 Six Nations Championship
Europe’s premier rugby championship was disrupted by Covid-19, and was officially suspended on 13 March.
2020 Super Rugby
In lieu of being able to compete with regional teams from South Africa, Argentina and Japan due to suspensions on international travel and quarantine requirements, New Zealand and Australia have opted to organise their own iteration of the Super Rugby tournament. Called Super Rugby Aotearoa and Super Rugby AU, these events see local regional teams competing against one another.
The 2020 French Tennis Open
This event, originally set to take place from 24 May, has been postponed to 20 September.
For the first time since World War II, this event has been cancelled in its entirety.
The World Triathlon Executive Board decided to suspend all activities of the International Federation, including three African cups, until the end of June 2020.