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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tests POSITIVE for coronavirus


In doubt 

The scale of the outbreak in Japan saw senior International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound describe the disorder as ‘the new war’ threatening Tokyo 2020 and he warned the Video games may possibly have to be cancelled if the virus was nevertheless about by Might.

Olympic organisers told athletes to train as normal with no decision on cancellation

Olympic organisers advised athletes to prepare as normal with no choice on cancellation

The Japanese govt afterwards insisted Pound’s reviews had been not the IOC’s official stance but there stays uncertainties in excess of irrespective of whether the summer season showcase can nevertheless go in advance with health and fitness issues.

Athletes have been advised to preserve training and the program stays to hold the Video games in Japan as prepared but training for about eighty,000 volunteers has been delayed for at minimum two months- it was because of to commence on February 22.

The iconic start out to Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Video games will be held without spectators as it was announced the classic torch-lights ceremony will just take put with no admirers in attendance.

The Greek Olympic Committee announced Monday that the torch-lights ceremony – the symbolic start out of each Olympic Video games – will be staged at a scaled-down, at the rear of-shut-doorways function because of to the ongoing fears in excess of the unfold of coronavirus in the region.

The Committee announced the Olympic torch will be lit during a more compact-scale ceremony in historic Olympia on Thursday, March 12 in advance of heading off on a 7-day relay, ending in an official handover ceremony in Greece on March 19.



Planet Athletics Indoor Championships (March 13-15 in Nanjing) is off right up until 2021.

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed due to concerns over the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed because of to issues in excess of the hazard of the coronavirus and its capability to unfold

North Korea cancelled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April just after imposing a border lockdown because of to the amount of outbreak in South Korea.

The Seoul Marathon is cancelled in a bid to secure runners following the mass outbreak in South Korea.

The Paris 50 %-marathon is canceled and the French govt also resolved to ban all indoor community gatherings of much more than five,000 individuals.

The race involving some forty four,000 opponents was scheduled for Sunday (March one) in the French cash town. Organizers stated the race will be postponed to a day but to be identified. 

The Barcelona marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed right up until Oct to quit the unfold of the coronavirus, Barcelona’s town corridor stated in a statement.

In doubt

A combined relay Olympic triathlon qualification function scheduled for Chengdu, China in Might is moved to Valencia, pending an outbreak in Spain.



German Open (March three-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying activities, are cancelled because of to ‘strict health and fitness protection’.



Olympic boxing qualifiers to be staged in Wuhan had been cancelled by the International Olympic Committee, and now are relocated to come about in Amman from March three-eleven

The IBF title struggle concerning Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom because of to limitations in Italy following the outbreak.

The Japanese boxing commission cancelled all struggle cards scheduled for March on govt advice to suspend all pending sporting fixtures. They will not be rescheduled.

In doubt 

Daniel Dubois’s all-British heavyweight bout with Joe Joyce at the O2 Arena on April eleven in jeopardy because of to outbreak. 



England players will not be shaking fingers on their tour of Sri Lanka and will use fist bumps alternatively.


In doubt

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov has been cleared to race at the UCI Observe Biking Planet Championships just after currently being retained in isolation in excess of fears of an outbreak of coronavirus.

Morkov, 34, had travelled to Berlin on Thursday just after contesting the very first four levels of the UAE Tour, the ultimate two levels of which had been then cancelled just after two users of employees on the race had been suspected of possessing the disorder.

Riders and employees on the UAE Tour have been in lockdown because but, just after the Abu Dhabi Section of Wellbeing issued a statement on Saturday stating 167 exams had occur back destructive, the UCI stated Morkov was no cost to race as normal.

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for coronavirus after being put in isolation

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was analyzed for coronavirus just after currently being put in isolation



All domestic fixtures at all stages are postponed by the Chinese Football Affiliation as the year is pushed back because of to the scale of the outbreak in China.

Asian Champions League matches involving Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed right up until April.

The start out of the Korean K-League year is postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League are actively playing their matches at the rear of shut doorways.

Japan’s J-League postponed all domestic online games right up until the middle of March.

Inter Milan’s match versus Sampdoria was one particular of four Serie A online games cancelled last weekend because of to afflicted regions in Italy major to advice from the primary minister to contact off sporting activities.

Inter Milan’s Europa League match with Getafe was also postponed on March eleven, when Roma’s flight to Spain to deal with Sevilla was banned from landing in advance of currently being postponed, with Italy on lockdown.

Serie A announced on Saturday that five of the weekend’s fixtures, including the title showdown concerning Juventus and Inter Milan, have been cancelled.  

The Coppa Italia match concerning Napoli and Inter Milan on Thursday grew to become the latest fixture to be identified as off, when it was postponed indefinitely. It was the twelfth match to be postponed because the crisis started and the 3rd involving Inter.

Ludogorets players were taking no chances after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Ludogorets players had been using no prospects just after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

An update from athletics minister Vincenzo Spadafora afterwards verified all the approaching Serie A fixtures for the weekend commencing March 7,8, would be performed at the rear of shut doorways. And with the nation on lockdown, it was afterwards announced that all activity, including Serie A online games, would be suspended right up until at minimum April three to comprise the virus.

In France, the Ligue one match concerning RC Strasbourg and champions Paris St Germain was postponed on Friday.

It was the very first Ligue one match to be postponed, with Strasbourg’s Alsace region one particular of the worst strike by the coronavirus in France, wherever 613 instances and nine deaths have been claimed.

The Premier League clash concerning Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March eleven, was postponed as a ‘precautionary measure’ just after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis analyzed good for coronavirus weeks just after seeing his Greek group play at the Emirates Stadium. 

In Spain, April 18’s Copa del Rey ultimate concerning concerning Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed. 

UEFA stated it is asking governments across the continent to make sure Euro 2020 goes in advance in three months inspite of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Experiences in Spain on March 12 stated that UEFA will suspend Champions League and Europa League soccer because of to the outbreak. 

MLS has been suspended for thirty days with David Beckham’s very first Inter Miami house match delayed. 


The house leg of the Chinese women’s nationwide team’s Olympic qualification play-off versus South Korea set for March is switched to Sydney. The squad are held in quarantine upon their arrival in Australia for January’s qualifying team stage because of to fears of virus carriers.

Inter Milan’s Europa League match versus Ludogorets on February 27 will be performed at the rear of shut doorways. Only Television legal rights-holders are allowed to attend as media as the club appear to protected the San Siro. Ludogorets players arrived in Italy wearing deal with masks.

Serie A announced five matches on February 28-March one will be performed at the rear of shut doorways, including Juventus v Inter Milan in Turin, a large match concerning title rivals.

Ligue one followed fit with online games set to be performed in empty stadiums right up until April 15. Clubs also have the solution of actively playing online games with just one,000 admirers.

LaLiga grew to become the latest group to ban supporters in stadiums just after steerage from Spain’s health and fitness ministry and athletics council. Barcelona’s Champions League tie with Napoli will also be performed in an empty ground.

Olympiakos' owner Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for the coronavirus

Olympiakos’ owner Evangelos Marinakis has analyzed good for the coronavirus

Manchester United clash at Austrian facet Lask will be at the rear of shut doorways, with United handing out £350 to each fan to support with vacation and accommodation just after they marketed 900 tickets for the Europa League match. 

Newcastle United have banned their players from shaking fingers with each other amid coronavirus fears.

A few players from 3rd-division Italian soccer club US Pianese have analyzed good for coronavirus, the Tuscany facet verified on Friday. 

Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Nottingham Forest, analyzed good for the coronavirus. Equally Olympiacos and Forest squads had been analyzed and all returned destructive.

When Arsenal’s match with Manchester City was postponed, the weekend’s match with Brighton was verified as heading in advance. 

In Germany, Hannover ninety six defender Timo Hubers analyzed good for the virus.

Spain’s Copa del Rey ultimate, which was set to just take put on April eighteen, concerning Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao has now been postponed.

Cristiano Ronaldo went into isolation in Madeira just after it emerged that his Juventus group-mate, Daniele Rugani, has coronavirus. 

A different Juventus player, Paulo Dybala, has also analyzed good according to stories and he has been put in quarantine. 

The Football Affiliation of Eire announced that all soccer beneath its jurisdiction will stop right up until March 29. 

Liverpool have announced a charity match concerning a Reds Legends facet and Barcelona Legends, because of to be performed at Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.

FIFA claims it will postpone South American Planet Cup qualifying matches because of to just take put in March. 

Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta analyzed good for coronavirus on March 12 with the total very first-group squad currently being put into isolation. The Gunners’ match versus Brighton, scheduled for Saturday March 14, has been postponed.

In the early several hours of Friday, March 13, Chelsea announced that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had been diagnosed with the illness. 

The club’s very first group have gone into self-isolation, when two buildings at their training ground in Cobham have been shut. Their match versus Aston Villa, scheduled for Saturday March 14, seems particular to be postponed. 

In doubt

Thursday’s Europa League clash concerning Olympiakos on Wolves is set to just take put at the rear of shut doorways just after an buy by the govt in Greece, but Wolves have asked UEFA to hold off the fixture.

England’s friendly versus Italy at Wembley in March is nevertheless set to go in advance, as for each a tweet from England football’s account on March eleven. England are also set to play Denmark in March.

Israel has warned citizens to prevent all international vacation, which raises questions irrespective of whether supporters or players will vacation to Scotland for their Euro 2020 play-off match on March 26. 

Increasing issues that some matches at Euro 2020 could be identified as off if the coronavirus outbreak gets even worse concerning now and the summer season. The tournament is set to be multi-town. UEFA confess they are in a ‘waiting stage’ and need to abide by the orders of the specific countries concerned. However, FA Chairman Greg Clarke has stated that he expects the tournament to go in advance.

Premier League online games are ‘likely’ to be performed at the rear of shut doorways ‘in the coming weeks’ in excess of coronavirus fears, Everton board member Sasha Ryazantsev has warned, in line with the action taken in Serie A. 

Chelsea’s Champions League last-sixteen next leg at Bayern Munich is also heading in direction of currently being postponed, it was uncovered on March 13. 

Method Just one


The Australian Grand Prix has been identified as off just after a McLaren group member came down with Covid-19, major to the British group pulling out prior to a choice currently being made on irrespective of whether the race would nevertheless go in advance. 

The announcement came several hours just after Lewis Hamilton stated it was ‘shocking’ that the race was heading in advance. 

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 is postponed with no choice in excess of irrespective of whether it will be reinserted into the 2020 calendar for afterwards in the year.  


The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March twenty-22, is to just take put at the rear of shut doorways. 

The Chinese GP was first to be cancelled and other races could yet follow that lead

The Chinese GP was very first to be cancelled and other races could but abide by that guide

In doubt 

There are rising issues in excess of irrespective of whether the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix (scheduled to just take put in Hanoi on April five) will go in advance.



The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific golf championship, slated to just take put from February 12-15 in Thailand, was postponed and has been rescheduled for Oct.

The Honda LPGA Thailand function in Pattaya, Thailand scheduled for February twenty-23 together with the HSBC Women’s Planet Championship in Singapore, scheduled to start out on February 27, had been both postponed

The PGA Tour Collection-China postponed two qualifying tournaments and delayed the start out of its 2020 campaign by two months, chopping the variety of regular year activities down from 14 to ten.

The choice was made to cancel the LPGA Blue Bay tournament in China, with the function at Hainan Island (because of to start out on March five) witnessed as hazardous to players’ health and fitness

The European Tour postponed the Maybank Championship (April sixteen-19 in Kuala Lumpur) and Volvo China Open (April 23-26 in Shenzhen).


Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari had been withdrawn from the Oman Open on healthcare grounds just after Gagli showed signs and symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel space with Molinari and he was advised to self-isolate. They had been afterwards reinstated to the tournament just after screening destructive for the virus.

PGA Tour activities will go in advance as prepared without spectators on web-site. The plan will take effect from Friday’s next round of the Gamers Championship and proceeds right up until the Masters.



The Japan Racing Affiliation uncovered that ‘government-sanctioned races’ will go at the rear of shut doorways.

Two race conferences in France next 7 days are to just take put at the rear of shut doorways in a reaction to the coronavirus outbreak.

Monday’s jumps card and the Wednesday fixture on the Flat at Compiegne will have no having to pay buyers, with the buy coming from the mayor of the city and the president of the Compiegne Racing Modern society.

Racing in Eire is to just take put at the rear of shut doorways setting up right up until March 29

In doubt

Cheltenham competition is in doubt as organisers set up a steering team to contemplate the hazard posed by the virus, just 13 days prior to the prestigious Gold Cup function

The Cheltenham Festival is set to go ahead despite travel disruption caused by the virus

The Cheltenham Pageant is set to go in advance inspite of vacation disruption prompted by the virus



Scotland Women’s 6 Nations match with Italy on February 23 is postponed because of to an outbreak in the Milan location.

And the Women’s match concerning Wales and Scotland in the 6 Nations on March 15 is also off just after one particular Scottish player analyzed good for the virus. 

Ireland’s 6 Nations assembly with Italy on March 7 is postponed.

Ospreys and Ulster’s Pro14 excursions to play in Italy on February 29 are postponed. Ospreys had been because of to play Zebre in Parma with Treviso the venue for Ulster’s match versus Benetton.

Ireland's Six Nations encounter with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

Ireland’s 6 Nations encounter with Italy on March 7 has been postponed

The Italian Rugby Federation suspended its Countrywide Championship and youth online games for February 28-March one.

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is postponed, which is a blow to Olympic preparations for Workforce GB.

England’s ultimate 6 Nations match versus Italy is off ‘with the intention to reschedule it at a afterwards date’. The similar applies to the corresponding women’s and U20s fixtures. All had been because of to be performed on March 13-15.

Meanwhile, France’s 6 Nations clash with Eire on March 14 has been pushed back with the French govt using steps versus sporting activities. 

In doubt

Scottish rugby announced preparations ‘continue as normal’ as they discuss with French rugby irrespective of whether to progress with their 6 Nations match on March 8 following a next coronavirus loss of life in France.

All of Italy’s remaining 6 Nations fixtures – they are because of to host England in their ultimate match on March 14 – are in serious doubt given the scale of the outbreak in Italy.

Fears of the virus spreading then prompted ITV to abandon options to send commentators and pundits out to Rome for England’s match versus Italy in Rome.



All activities on the ATP Tour have been suspended for six weeks. 

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California, set to start out on March 9, was postponed at the eleventh hour.  It came just after a verified situation of the coronavirus in the close by Coachella Valley.

The ultimate of an ATP Challenger function in Bergamo, Italy, concerning Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine is cancelled. Equally players obtained position details and prize income for obtaining to the ultimate. They had been denied the chance to play at the rear of shut doorways.

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie due to the fact the men’s group had been not able to vacation to Romania for the March six-7 playoff.

WTA function Xi’an Open (set for April 13-19) is cancelled because of to fears in excess of player basic safety. WTA announced they are examining their timetable with a variety of activities set for China in the next 50 % of the year.

The International Tennis Federation has announced that next month’s Fed Cup finals have been postponed because of to the coronavirus outbreak.

The function was because of to be held in Budapest and the competition’s play-offs, which had been set to just take put in eight diverse spots, have also been put on hold.

The WTA also announced no tournaments will be staged for at minimum five weeks. 


Japan’s house Davis Cup tie versus Ecuador next 7 days is now set to be performed at the rear of shut doorways.

Gamers will be banned from handing their towels to ball-kids at next week’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, organisers stated on Friday. 

OTHER Sports


MotoGP have cancelled their very first two races of the year in Qatar and Thailand. Moto2 and Moto3 will however run in Qatar however as they had been currently centered at the track for pre-year screening.

Cycling’s United Arab Emirates Tour has been cancelled with Chris Froome analyzed for coronavirus and Mark Cavendish put into lockdown in his hotel space. 

South Korean baseball league cancelled all fifty pre-year match which had been slated to just take put from March 14-24. It is the very first time because the leagues inception in 1982 that an total set of exhibition matches are off. 

The very first-stage attract for the Table Tennis Planet Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22-29, is postponed.

A seashore volleyball tournament, because of to be held in Yangzhou from April 22-26, is postponed right up until just after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Planet Brief track speed skating championship in Seoul is cancelled.

Next month’s Planet Triathlon Collection function in Abu Dhabi was postponed on Saturday as a precautionary evaluate.

The function was because of to just take put from March five to March 7 in the town, which has claimed new instances of the virus.

Occasion organisers stated they nevertheless hoped to reschedule the function to just take put afterwards in March or April. 

The Women’s Planet Ice Hockey Championships, scheduled for Canada afterwards this month, have been cancelled. 

The NBA has also been suspended indefinitely just after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus. 

The NHL has announced it has paused the 2019-twenty year with no day verified for when it will resume. 

All 72 pre-season baseball games in Japan are to take place behind closed doors

All 72 pre-year baseball online games in Japan are to just take put at the rear of shut doorways


The Japanese experienced baseball league made the choice to play their 72 pre-year online games at the rear of shut doorways right up until March 15. Baseball is among the the most well-liked athletics in Japan. 

In an assist to decrease pitfalls of exposure to the virus, the NBA have advised players to prevent using objects these as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph seekers. 

In doubt

The South Korean baseball league regular year is in doubt in advance of the very first round of matches on March 28. An unexpected emergency assembly has been identified as.   

Uncertainties remain as the Asian weightlifting championships, scheduled for March, are relocated from Kazakhstan to neighbouring Uzbekistan. They could nevertheless be postponed.