As the world scrambles to get to grips with the coronavirus outbreak, global sporting events are taking a hit.
There are now more than 88,000 confirmed cases of the virus around the world and the death toll is over 3,000 – the majority of which are from mainland China.
The World Health Organization is preparing for a potential pandemic, so it seems the list of sports affected by the virus will grow.
There are fears Tokyo 2020 may be impacted but organizers insist preparations are going ahead as planned.
Here is a list of the major sporting events so far hit by the coronavirus.
- Swiss Super League postpones weekend fixtures after government bans large public events.
- The start of the Chinese Super League has been postponed.
- China’s women’s national football team was held in quarantine after Olympic qualifying matches were moved from China to Australia.
- South Korea’s professional soccer league has postponed the start of its new season.
- Four Serie A matches postponed in March due to a spike in cases in northern Italy.
- Inter Milan’s Europa League game against Ludogorets was played behind closed doors.
- Five Serie A matches will be played behind closed doors.
- Japan’s J.League postponed seven Levian Cup matches in February and all domestic games through early March.
- Multiple Asia Cup qualifying matches have been postponed, including Philippines vs. Thailand and Japan vs. China
- The remaining stages of the UAE cycling tour have been canceled after two team members tested positive.
- The Longines Masters of Hong Kong showjumping event has been canceled.
- The 2020 League of Legends LPL Spring tournament has been postponed.
- The Olympic boxing qualifiers for Asia and Oceania teams were moved from Wuhan to Jordan.
- China’s Formula E race on March 21 has been canceled.
- The Chinese Grand Prix – originally scheduled for April 19 – has been postponed.
- MotoGP confirmed the Thailand Grand Prix, due to be held March 22, has been postponed.
- Hockey Pro League matches between China and Belgium in Changzhou have been canceled.
- The world championship to be held in Busan, South Korea, has been pushed from March to June.
- Fans will be banned for attending 72 Japanese pro-baseball pre-season games.