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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.

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A Napoli supporter wears a mask during the Champions League tie against Barcelona.


  • 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.




  • The European Tour canceled April’s Maybank Championship in Malaysia and the following week’s China Open.
  • The LPGA canceled the elite Blue Bay tournament due to be held in Hainan.
  • It also canceled the 2020 Honda LPGA Thailand and the 2020 HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore.


  • The remaining stages of the UAE cycling tour have been canceled after two team members tested positive.

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A promotional banner for the HSBC Women's World Championship which was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.




  • 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.

Winter Sports


  • 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.

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WUHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 22:  (CHINA OUT) A man wears a mask while walking in the street on January 22, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. A new infectious coronavirus known as "2019-nCoV" was discovered in Wuhan as the number of cases rose to over 400 in mainland China. Health officials stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts confirmed can be passed from human to human. The death toll has reached 17 people as the Wuhan government issued regulations today that residents must wear masks in public places. Cases have been reported in other countries including the United States, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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Table tennis

  • The world championship to be held in Busan, South Korea, has been pushed from March to June.


  • China had to forfeit a Davis Cup tie against Romania because its team was unable to travel.
  • WTA canceled April’s Xi’an Open tennis tournament and said it would monitor events with upcoming competitions scheduled in China.


  • Fans will be banned for attending 72 Japanese pro-baseball pre-season games.