Coronavirus sport news – LIVE: Euro 2020 postponed until 2021 as UK sport effectively cancelled

As the coronavirus crisis creates chaos in the sporting world, Uefa has finally confirmed that Euro 2020 will be delayed by 12 months after a video conference with all 55 national member associations. The tournament, initially scheduled to take place across 12 European host cities this summer, will now begin on 11 June 2021. The governing body’s statement did not confirm new dates for the Champions League and Europa League finals, with further announcements to come “in due course”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has effectively cancelled all sport by advising against mass gatherings. Those events that require emergency workers are something “we are now moving emphatically away from”, said Johnson.

Elsewhere the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are receiving calls to be postponed, with British athletes eager for a quick decision so as to limit impact on training. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe still maintains the show must go on, but July now looks like a perilous start date, given the NBA have already loosely put plans in place to return by mid-June at the earliest. 

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“The Uefa Euro 2020 play-off matches and international friendlies, scheduled for the end of March, will now be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to a review of the situation,” a statement read.

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Official: Copa America postponed

The tournament had originally been scheduled to take place from June 12 to July 12 this year.

Copa America postponed until 2022 due to coronavirus

  • Jack Rathborn
  • 17 March 2020 13:42

F1 issues open letter to apologise to fans after cancelling races as Chase Carey admits sport faces uncertain future

Formula One chief executive and chairman Chase Carey has written an open letter to apologise to fans for cancelling the opening four races of the 2020 season, but admitted that he does not know what will come next for the sport.

F1 left it to the last minute to call off the Australian Grand Prix last weekend, with the decision coming hours before the start of first practice in Melbourne – some 12 hours after McLaren pulled out of the race due to one of their team members contracting coronavirus.

The global pandemic has seen all motorsport impacted by cancellations and postponements, and F1 officials are attempting to draft a new-look season that could get underway at the end of May, resulting in the first six races of the season being rescheduled or cancelled altogether.

F1 issues open apology to fans as sport faces uncertain future

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  • 17 March 2020 13:36

British tennis players unable to train due to coronavirus

The Roehampton site is a popular training base for a number of Britain’s leading players, including Andy Murray, with indoor and outdoor courts and a gym among its facilities.

But the Lawn Tennis Association, which is also based at the centre, announced on Monday evening that all activity delivered by the governing body is suspended until next week.

That includes the NTC, meaning players hoping to keep in shape will need to find alternative facilities.

A statement from the LTA read: “The LTA remains in communication with the Government and is assessing the implications of its latest announcement for tennis in Britain over the coming weeks.

“While this assessment is being undertaken, there will be an immediate suspension of activity delivered by the LTA for an initial period up until Monday, March 23.

“This will include all LTA organised training sessions, training courses and LTA staged and LTA approved competitions. All those involved in tennis in Britain are advised to follow the latest Government advice.”

Professional tennis has been suspended until late April at the earliest.

The International Tennis Federation, which runs the lowest levels of the game, has called off all tournaments until April 20, the ATP until April 27 and the WTA until May 2.

The first big event that could take place is the Madrid Open beginning on May 2. The year’s second grand slam, the French Open, is due to start on May 24.

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Copa America 2020 to follow Euro 2020 with postponement?

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Tom Brady to leave New England Patriots

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UEFA has postponed Euro 2020 until the summer of 2021

Euro 2020 ‘postponed until 2021’ because of coronavirus

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Norwegian FA claim Uefa has called off Euro 2020 

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British Boxing Board suspends public tournaments

Boxing in the UK has been suspended by the BBB of C due to coronavirus.

The decision, prompted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s advice to avoid mass gatherings, means MTK Global’s Golden Contract tournament.

“With regard to the above [coronavirus], and the statement made by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, all public tournaments, under the jurisdiction of the British Boxing Board of Control are unfortunately cancelled,” read a statement. 

British Boxing Board suspends public tournaments over coronavirus

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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘turning his hotels into coronavirus treatment centres’ is a hoax

A social media post claiming that Cristiano Ronaldo had transformed his chain of hotels into coronavirus treatment centres has been proved a hoax, despite being shared tens of thousands of times.

The Juventus and Portugal football player co-owns the Pestana CR7 Hotels with the Pestana Hotel Group, with locations including Lisbon and Funchal.

A claim initially made by sports presenter Adriano Del Monte suggested that Ronaldo would allow those suffering from Covid-19 to be treated in his hotels while paying the wages of medical staff to look after them, which was retweeted more than 1.700 times and picked up by various other social media accounts.

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Boxing suspended under BBBofC jurisdiction

The BBBofC have confirmed all boxing tournaments are suspended under its jurisdiction.

The Golden Contract boxing tournament has been postponed.

“Throughout the build-up, the interests of the fighters were at the forefronts of both our minds and our efforts to go ahead in the knowledge each and every pay-day is important for them and the families they provide for.

“The ongoing pandemic in the UK means that the full weight of medical care must be thrown behind the NHS and we fully support all decisions taken to ensure people get the best advice, treatment and care as soon as possible.

“The Golden Contract light-heavyweight semi-finals will take place at a later date and we look forward to bringing big-time boxing back to as many venues and as many TV screens as quickly as we can. In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe.”

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Grand National cancellation and fallout

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NFL bars player and team travel for free agency interviews due to coronavirus risk

The NFL has barred in-person interviews with free agents and is requiring local physical examinations for them rather than team-conducted exams.

In a memo sent to the 32 franchises on Monday, the league also banned travel by team personnel to meet with free agents as well as those players travelling to team facilities. The league’s business year begins on Wednesday, and the period in which players’ representatives could negotiate with clubs began Monday — though no deals could be finalised.

All off-season activities such as meetings, practices and minicamps have been delayed indefinitely as a safeguard against coronavirus. No players can enter a club facility through 31 March, with the exception of those receiving medical treatment.

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Uefa has been left “in shock” by the Coronavirus crisis, a source close to European football’s ruling body told The Independent as the organisation prepares for a video conference tomorrow to discuss football’s response to the pandemic.

All 55 national member associations, the boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FifPro, the global players’ union, will take part in the meeting to express their views during a critical period for the game.

Senior figures at Uefa’s Swiss headquarters are said to be “reeling” at the speed and impact of the disease’s spread. Nyon’s priorities are the European Championship and the organisation’s showpiece club competitions. It is expected that the Euros will be put on hold until 2021. 

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