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SLIM PICKINGS FOR SPORTS VIEWERS, EVEN POST LOCK DOWN

SLIM PICKINGS FOR SPORTS VIEWERS, EVEN POST LOCK DOWN

If you think that your sports watching schedule will return to normal after lockdown, think again. Most events have moved their schedule or cancelled the event entirely in the wake of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the larger Sports events around the world that have been modified or canceled.

The International Olympic Committee said in a joint statement with the Prime Minister’s Office in Japan that the Olympic Games, which had been scheduled to start in Tokyo in July, would be rescheduled to a date “beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021.”

The Premier League, EFL, FA and FSA have released a joint statement claiming there are no quick answers to when football will return. Football was originally suspended until April 3 due to the outbreak. However, due to the severity of the pandemic, the suspension was pushed back until April 30.

Wimbledon, which was scheduled from June 29 to July 12, will not be held in 2020. The tournament, the oldest tennis Grand Slam event, had previously been canceled only during World War I and World War II.

The French Open, set for late May, has been postponed until Sept. 20 a week after the US Open.

Golf was rocked hours after the Wimbledon announcement, the British Open has reportedly followed suit.

As coronavirus strengthened its grip on the globe, the Masters and PGA Championship became the first two golf major championships to postpone their scheduled dates, slated for April and May, respectively, with plans to reschedule in late summer or fall.

Then last week, The Post reported that USGA officials have informed Winged Foot that it planned to suspend the U.S. Open, which was scheduled for June, to a possible September date to be named later.

Many international sporting events have been postponed, including the Six Nations Rugby Tournament and Women’s Six Nations that had been scheduled for February and March, and the Hong Kong and Singapore Sevens. It is reported that Super Rugby will also struggle to complete the season once it is safe to commence again, with some already taking for granted that it will be cancelled.

Others have taken place with major changes, like the Tokyo Marathon, which was restricted to elite runners. Formula One has said that its upcoming Grand Prix in Bahrain will be closed to spectators, while the Chinese Grand Prix, which had been scheduled for April, was postponed.

 

 

 

 


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