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Sports events around the world are continuing to see the impact of the coronavirus on events. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP Images

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to affect the sports-event industry. As destinations work to contain the spread of the virus, it has led many sports-event organizers to make decisions about the immediate future of their events.

With so much changing so quickly, we are tracking the latest updates, both confirmations of sports events that will be held as planned and those that have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.

If you are continuing, postponing or canceling your event, we’d like to hear from you. Please email us with updates.

Events That Have Been Canceled, Moved or Postponed:

Action Sports

  • The Winter X Games scheduled for Chongli, China, on February 21–23 were postponed.

Archery

Artistic Swimming

  • USA Artistic Swimming’s Collegiate National Championship and Senior, Junior and 13-15 National Championship events, scheduled for March 26–29 in Mesa, Arizona, have been canceled.

Badminton

  • The Badminton World Federation has canceled all events through April 12.
  • The Spanish Para Badminton International to be staged in Cartagena, Murcia, March 10 has been canceled. The event was the final opportunity for athletes to gain ranking points to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
  • The China Masters badminton event in Lingshui, China, from February 25–March 1 was postponed.

Baseball

  • Major League Baseball announced it will delay the opening of its 2020 season in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • The World Baseball Softball Confederation postponed the Olympic qualifying event scheduled for March 22–26 in Surprise and Tempe, Arizona.
  • An Olympic qualifying tournament in Taichung and Dou Liu, Taiwan was moved from April 1–5 to June 17–21.

Basketball

  • The NBA has suspended its season until further notice and also suspended the G League until further notice.
  • FIBA has suspended all international basketball competitions until further notice.
  • The NCAA canceled its Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments after 19 different Division I conferences canceled its men’s and women’s tournaments.
  • The inaugural season of the NBA’s Basketball Africa League across Africa, due to start March 13, has been postponed.
  • Euroleague, the continent’s top international competition, suspended all games in Italy until April 11.

Bowling

  • The PBA Tour has put all tournaments on hiatus indefinitely, including 2020 PBA Playoffs that were scheduled to start April 6.
  • The U.S. Bowling Congress has suspended all national events.

Boxing

  • USA Boxing has suspended all sanctioned events through March 31. The Americas Olympic qualifier scheduled for March 26 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been postponed and organizers have not set a plan for the final steps in qualification, including a last-chance tournament scheduled for May 13 in Paris.
  • AIBA canceled an event scheduled for February 29 in Assisi, Italy, and its scheduled event in Budapest, Hungary, in March will instead take place on June 20.
  • The Asian/Oceania Olympic boxing qualifying event, scheduled for February 3 in Wuhan, China, was moved to Amman, Jordan, and rescheduled for March.

College Sports

Conferences

  • Sports ETA has postponed its Women’s Summit, April 1–3 in New Orleans, and its annual symposium, scheduled for April 20–23 in Kansas City, Missouri, will be held August 2–5 instead.
  • The SportAccord industry conference first planned for Beijing and then Lausanne, Switzerland, has been canceled.

Cycling

Diving

Equestrian

Esports

  • Overwatch League canceled its homestand matches for March and April and will go back to online play resuming March 28.
  • Riot Games will host the 2020 LCS Spring Finals entirely online, with the event still taking place April 18–19.
  • Two ESL One competitions scheduled for Los Angeles and Birmingham, England, will completely be held online. ESL One Los Angeles 2020 will start on March 28.
  • DreamHack Dallas, originally scheduled for May 22–24, will instead be held August 14–16 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and DreamHack Summer, originally scheduled for June 12–14 in Jönköping, Sweden, will instead be held August 6–9.
  • North American and European League of Legends series will resume online competition on March 21 after a suspension of play.
  • Call of Duty League has moved all its live matches to online competition.
  • The NBA 2K League as suspended the start of its season, which was scheduled to begin March 24.
  • The E3 Expo in Los Angeles scheduled for June has been canceled.
  • League of Legends European Championship spring final, April 25–26, has been moved from Budapest to Berlin.
  • CS:GO Flashpoint League’s April playoff event in Stockholm has been canceled.
  • A Hearthstone Masters Tour event in Los Angeles, March 20–22, will be online only.
  • Pokemon European International Championships in Berlin, April 17–19, has been canceled.
  • The Rocket League Season 9 World Championship live event in Dallas, April 24–26, has been canceled.
  • Riot Games has suspended play in South Korea’s League of Legends Champions League starting March 9, following a suspension of play in China on January 19. The league will restart at a later date.

Fencing

Golf

  • The PGA Tour has postponed all events through May 10 including stops in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Palm Harbor, Florida; Austin, Texas; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; San Antonio, Texas; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; Avondale, Louisiana; Charlotte and Dallas.
  • The Masters in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed to a potential later date.
  • The LPGA has canceled the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix, which was scheduled to take place March 19–22; the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, which was scheduled for March 26–29; and the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, which was scheduled for April 2–5 and now will take place September 10–13.
  • The Symetra Tour has postponed the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Beaumont, California, from March 27–29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor, California from April 2–4).
  • The United States Golf Association has canceled the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball scheduled for April 25–29 in Naples, Florida, and the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball scheduled for May 23–27 in Philadelphia.

Gymnastics

  • The Jesolo Cup in women’s artistic gymnastics in Italy scheduled for April 4–5 has been canceled.
  • The Doha Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup in Qatar on March 18–21 will be held behind closed doors.
  • USA Gymnastics has canceled all competitions at least until the end of March.

Hockey

Motorsports

  • Formula One has postponed the Australian Grand Prix on March 14, Bahrain Grand Prix on March 22, Vietnam Grand Prix on April 5 and Chinese Grand Prix on April 19 as well as the Dutch Grand Prix on May 3 and Spanish Grand Prix on May 10. The Monaco Grand Prix scheduled for May 24 has been canceled.
  • The IndyCar Series postponed all events through April which includes events in St. Petersburg, Florida; Birmingham, Alabama; Long Beach, California and Austin, Texas.
  • The Circuit of the The Americas in Austin, Texas, has suspended all competitions.
  • NASCAR has postponed all events through May 3 including Atlanta; Homestead-Miami, Florida; Fort Worth, Texas; Bristol, Tennessee; Richmond, Virginia; Lincoln, Alabama and Dover, Delaware.
  • Formula E has suspended all races through April.

Olympics

Quidditch

  • U.S. Quidditch has postponed its 2019–20 season, including US Quidditch Cup 13, scheduled for April 18–19 in Charleston, West Virginia.

Rugby

  • The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended by European Professional Club Rugby; the Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup were already suspended.
  • Major League Rugby has canceled its 2020 season and will resume competition in 2021.
  • USA Rugby has suspended sanctioned competitions 30 days including the 2020 USA Rugby Spring College Championships in Stanford, California, and College 7s National Championship in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Singapore Rugby Sevens, April 4–5, was rescheduled for October 10–11
  • Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, April 11–12, was rescheduled for October 16–18.
  • Six Nations matches Italy at Ireland on March 7 and England at Italy on March 14, were postponed.
  • Women’s Six Nations, Scotland at Italy on February 23, Italy at Ireland on March 8, England at Italy on March 15 were postponed.
  • The Asia women’s championship in Hong Kong postponed from March 14–22 to May 8–16.
  • The Asia Sevens Invitational, an Olympic Sevens test event, on April 25–26 was canceled.

Sailing

  • The Clipper Race Round the World Race, which had stops planned in Seattle and New York, has been postponed.
  • SailGP has canceled its planned leg in San Francisco that had been scheduled for May 2–3.

Softball

Soccer

  • The USL Championship, a second-tier league in the U.S., has extended its suspension of all games through May 10.
  • The UEFA European Championships scheduled for the summer in 12 countries has been postponed until 2021.
  • The CONMEBOL Copa America Tournament scheduled for the summer in Argentina and Colombia has been postponed until 2021.
  • The UEFA Champions League and Europa League have suspended games and will resume the tournament at a later date.
  • Liga MX in Mexico has suspended play until further notice.
  • Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer games through April 8 have been postponed.
  • All CONCACAF events including the Champions League and Olympic Summer Games qualifying.
  • The English Premier League has suspended games until April 4.
  • Germany’s top league, the Bundesliga, has recommended the league go on hiatus until April 2.
  • Italy’s Serie A has suspended games until April 3.
  • France’s Ligue 1 has suspended games until April 2 and the French League Cup final scheduled for April 4 has been postponed.
  • Spain’s top league, La Liga, has been suspended until April 3 and the Spanish League Cup final scheduled for April 18 has been postponed.
  • The UEFA Champions League and Europa League have suspended games scheduled through March 20.
  • The FIFA Council meeting scheduled March 20 for Asuncion, Paraguay, will be held via video conference.
  • The Asian Football Confederation Congress on April 16 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was postponed.
  • FIFA has announced that 2022 World Cup qualifiers scheduled from March 23–31 and June 1–9 throughout the Asian Football Confederation will be postponed.

Swimming

  • The TYR Series swimming event April 16–19 in Mission Viejo, California, has been canceled.
  • The USA Swimming Speedo Sectionals were canceled at various sites throughout the country including Carlsbad, California; College Station, Texas; Plantation, Florida; Cary, North Carolina; Columbia, Missouri; Federal Way, Washington; Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin; Jenks, Oklahoma; Elkhart, Indiana; Christiansburg, Virginia and Buffalo, New York.

Table Tennis

Taekwondo

Tennis

  • The French Open in Paris has been moved from May 18–June 7 to September 20–October 4
  • The ATP Tour has canceled events scheduled for Miami; Houston; Marrakech, Morocco; Monte Carlo; Barcelona and Budapest, Hungary.
  • The WTA Tour has canceled events scheduled for Charleston, South Carolina; Bogota, Colombia, and Guadalajara, Mexico as well as events through May 2 including in Stuttgart, Germany, Istanbul, Turkey and Prague.
  • The BNP Paribas Open, a combined ATP and WTA Tour event scheduled for March 9–22 in Indian Wells, California, was canceled.
  • The Fed Cup, a women’s team event scheduled for Budapest in April, has been canceled.

Triathlon

Track & Field/Running

Volleyball

  • The AVP Tour has shuffled its schedule and will cancel events in Austin, Texas and Seattle as well as reschedule events in New York City and Huntington Beach, California.
  • USA Volleyball has banned all sanctioned competitions through March 31 including a women’s spring training camp March 14–21 and the men’s final paralympic qualification tournament, March 16–21 in Edmond, Oklahoma.
  • The FIVB Nations League has been postponed until after the Olympic Summer Games.
  • Beach volleyball World Cup in Yangzhou, China from April 22–26 was postponed.
  • Beach volleyball World Cup in Gold Coast, Australia, March 18–22 was postponed.

Water Polo

  • USA Water Polo has asked clubs to suspend or postpone sanctioned events for 30 days including the FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Tournament scheduled for April 28–May 3 in Bloomington, Indiana.
  • An Olympic women’s qualifying tournament in Trieste, Italy, from March 8–15 was postponed.

Weightlifting

  • The USA Weightlifting National Championships, scheduled for May 14–17 in Lombard, Illinois, has been rescheduled for December 3–6 in Atlanta.
  • USA Weightlifting has canceled its Golden Gala fundraising event in New York and other events.
  • The Asian Weightlifting Championships, which were moved to Uzbekistan from Kazakhstan and scheduled for April 16–25, has been postponed.

Wrestling

  • USA Wrestling has postponed all events through April 20, notably the 2020 Olympic Team Trials, scheduled for April 4–5, in State College, Pennsylvania. Other events affected include the girls folkstyle nationals, March 26–29 in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Last chance Olympic Trials qualifier, March 27–28 in Millersville, Pennsylvania; Northwest regionals, March 28–29 in Centralia, Washington; and folkstyle nationals, April 3-5 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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