In a matter of days, coronavirus effectively shuttered the sporting world last week. While sports at every level have been massively affected, here are some of the major sports leagues and events that have postponed, changed, or cancelled out right.
As the situation seems to be changing by the day, we will continue to update this list as necessary.
NBA suspends play amid positive tests
The NBA has been possibly the most directly affected league as Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus after a regular season game, prompting the league to suspend operations indefinitely. Since then, more players have tested positive for the virus, including Nets superstar Kevin Durant.
Still, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has stated that he told reporters last week that the league “can salvage some form or season.” What that may or may not look like remains to be seen.
NCAA March Madness cancelled
The NCAA was one of the fastest organizations to react to the coronavirus pandemic, cancelling its women’s and men’s winter and spring championships across the board on March 12.
This includes the ever-popular men’s and women’s March Madness basketball tournament. On the women’s side, it also pre-emptively ends the collegiate career of Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu, who, despite breaking numerous collegiate basketball records, elected to stay at Oregon instead of moving to the pros in hopes of winning a NCAA championship.
Interestingly, the call to suspend all collegiate championships was made after the tip-off of the Big East Championships in Madison Square Garden, but the game was then suspended at halftime.
On March 13, the NCAA agreed to grant spring athletes another season of eligibility.
Soccer’s Euro 2020 moved to 2021
The vaunted European soccer championship had plans to be the first to be played in a series of host cities across multiple countries, but will now have to wait until 2021 to kickoff. The announcement comes on the heels of the rapid spread of coronavirus throughout Europe, forcing the June and July-based tournament to weigh its options.
The move will also force the women’s Euro 2021 to be moved to 2022.
Boston Marathon postponed until September
Instead of cancelling out right, the Boston Marathon has postponed its event, moving the race date from April to September 14. The news comes on the heels of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declaring a state of emergency on March 10.
“On matters of public health and safety we take our guidance from the officials entrusted with protecting the public in this area,” said Tom Grilk, C.E.O. of the B.A.A. “We understand our role, along with our partners, in ensuring a safe environment for all participants, volunteers, spectators, and supporters that meets the standards set by those officials.”
NHL suspended indefinitely
While the NHL refused to call it quits on their season, play has been suspended indefinitely. A league statement says teams are “to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent.”
MLB pushes back opening day
The MLB has cancelled spring training and moved Opening Day back for at least two weeks from March 26 to April 9, but the delay could last up to two months according to a report by Deadline.com on March 16. With the COVID-19 outbreak already affecting minor league and major league staffs, that date is likely to be pushed back even further.
Golf’s Masters delayed
Golfing’s legendary tournament was scheduled to tee off in March, but has decided to postpone action indefinitely, amid health concerns. As of now, the first major tournament of the year will be played this spring, though further delays appear likely.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics delayed until 2021
After holding out for weeks, the International Olympic Committee announced that it will postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, moving the event to 2021. The call comes after several countries, including Canada and Australia, announced they would not be attending the Games due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19.
Previous to the announcement, the Olympics had only previously been postponed by international war.
The Olympic torch, which was making its way around Japan will remain stored and displayed in Fukushima.
French Open to be played in September
The French Open became the first major tennis tournament to be affected by the coronavirus on March 17, as the 2020 edition of the Roland Garros was moved from May 24 to October 4.
The new dates fall exactly one week after the end of the U.S. Open, which could lead to an unprecedented logjam for two of the sport’s biggest Grand Slam tournaments.