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How The Coronavirus Has Impacted Sports Events

Ah life before COVID-19! Everything seemed so much easier and simpler then don’t you think? If COVID-19 has taught us anything it has been to appreciate the smaller things in life, and be in the present. And while our lives have basically been turned upside down, we have managed to adapt to all these new changes and somehow make it work – together. So there’s that… kudos to us I guess!

Those of you in the travel and events industries, all we can say is hang in there. Things will eventually go back to normal. We have seen major events around the world get cancelled or postponed until further notice. And while these changes may affect, or may have already affected, your plans, the silver lining lies in the fact that these event organizers have actually prioritized the health of athletes and participants.

For sports fans like us, we have tried to put together a consolidated list of the most prominent sport events that have been affected by COVID-19. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does indicate the sheer enormity of the current situation.

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

The Olympic Games Tokyo were postponed for the first time in history due to the pandemic. They were due to take place from July 23rd – August 8th, 2020 in Tokyo, and have now been postponed to July 23rd, 2021.

Tokyo Paralympics 2020 Games

The Tokyo Paralympics, scheduled to begin on August 25th, 2020, have been postponed to next year. According to International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons it was “the only logical option”.

UEFA Euro 2020

While the match schedule for the UEFA European Football Championship, also known as the UEFA European Championship, is not yet finalized, the proposed new dates are from June 11th – July 11th, 2021. All tickets already purchased may for the 2020 tournament may be returned and full payment refunded should guests not be able to attend the postponed tournament. The new match schedule will be published on UEFA.com.

Vietnam Grand Prix

The Formula 1 Vinfast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020 has been postponed until further notice. F1’s CEO Chase Carey stated that “We’re targeting a start to racing in Europe through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria on 3-5 July weekend.” However, with the constantly evolving situation, there is no clear date unfortunately.

Women’s Champions League Final

The 2020 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final was originally scheduled to take place on May 24th, 2020. On March 23rd, 2020, UEFA announced that it will now be postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tour de France

The Tour de France, while was supposed to take place from June 27th to July 19th, 2020, has now been postponed to August 29th – September 20th, 2020. No changes to the Tour de France route from Nice to Paris have been announced.

La Course by Le Tour de France Avec FDJ

The women’s event, La Course by le Tour de France avec FDJ, has also been postponed. The new date of the event, which was scheduled to take place on July 19th, 2020 on the Champs Elysées, is now being reviewed. However, it will take place during the Tour de France 2020.

Etape du Tour Cyclosportive

The Etape du Tour Cyclosportive, scheduled to take place on July 5th, is now on hold until further notice.

Ryder Cup

While there is still no word on whether or not the Ryder Cup – which is due to take place from September 25th – September 27th at Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin – will be postponed, it is “increasingly likely” according to Paul McGinley (former Ryder Cup winning captain).

Paris Marathon

The Paris Marathon which was supposed to take place on April 5th, 2020, has now been postponed to October 18th, 2020. Organizers are expecting 60,000 registered runners. The half-marathon has also been rescheduled for September 6th, 2020.

NBA

The NBA suspended is 2019-2020 season on March 12th, 2020 until further notice. This decision was taken after one of its players tested positive for COVID-19.

EuroLeague

EuroLeague has also suspended all 2019-2020 games until further notice. This includes the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, 7DAYS EuroCup, and EuroLeague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament games.

World Games

The organizers of the World Games, initially scheduled to be held in 2021, have decided to push it back by one year. This is due to the fact that they do not want the World Games to clash with the Tokyo Olympics. The new start date for the World Games is now July 7th – July 17th, 2022.

NHL

The NHL has cancelled its 2019-2020 season until further notice. No new date has yet been set.

Copa America

The Copa America which was due to take place in June 2020 in Argentina and Colombia, has been postponed to 2021. The new dates are now from June 11th – July 11th, 2021.