Cristiano Ronaldo shows off a new hairdo as the footballer grows his locks long


He recently returned to training with Juventus Football Club in Italy after spending two months in lockdown.   

And Cristiano Ronaldo debuted a new hairdo on Instagram on Tuesday as he showed off his longer locks.

The footballer, 35, has normally kept his hair in a cropped style but has let it grow longer in recent months, with his tresses now going down past his eyes in length.

Looking good: Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, debuted a new hairdo on Instagram on Tuesday as he showed off his longer locks

The sports star uploaded a snap of himself in a grey T-shirt as he stared into the camera with unruly hair. 

Cristiano appeared to be seeking the advice of his followers on the ‘do as he captioned the photo with: ‘Approved?’

The athlete has been sporting a man bun as of late, sharing numerous snaps of the look to his social media, even letting his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez braid his long locks on Tuesday. 

In a snap shared to the model’s Instagram account, the footballer sat between his 26-year-old partner’s legs as she helped transform his look after a long day of work.

Style: The footballer has normally kept his hair in a cropped style but has let it grow longer in recent months

Style: The footballer has normally kept his hair in a cropped style but has let it grow longer in recent months

Praising the sportsman’s patience, the dancer penned: ‘I love to pamper my loves ❤ This afternoon practicing root braids (This model knows how to stay still).’ 

The brunette beauty looked typically radiant as she went make-up free and sported clingy pink gymwear by Alo Yoga.

In another image posted to her page, the former retail assistant was every inch the doting mother as she spent quality time with her children. 

Switching things up: It comes after Cristiano debuted a new hairdo as his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez braided his man bun on Tuesday

Switching things up: It comes after Cristiano debuted a new hairdo as his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez braided his man bun on Tuesday

Family first: The footballer recently returned to training with Juventus Football Club in Italy after spending two months in lockdown (pictured with his family on Monday)

Family first: The footballer recently returned to training with Juventus Football Club in Italy after spending two months in lockdown (pictured with his family on Monday)

Tender moments: In another image posted to her page, the former retail assistant, 26, was every inch the doting mother as she spent quality time with her children

Tender moments: In another image posted to her page, the former retail assistant, 26, was every inch the doting mother as she spent quality time with her children

Earlier in the week, Cristina and Georgina made the most of his last day indoors as they played with his four children.

He showered his mini-mes with attention, with nine-year-old Cristiano Jr, two-year-old twins Mateo and Eva, and daughter Alana, two, beaming in the sweet video.

The Portuguese athlete then turned his attention to Georgina, wrapping himself around her as he challenged his children to push them over. 

Hunky Cristiano couldn’t keep the smile off his face as he looked over his brood whilst clad in an eye-catching Dior co-ord and his new lockdown man bun.

Laugh a minute: Earlier in the week, Cristina and Georgina made the most of his last day indoors as they played with his four children

Laugh a minute: Earlier in the week, Cristina and Georgina made the most of his last day indoors as they played with his four children

Georgina captioned the cute clip: ‘I love spending days together playing and learning. Enjoying ourselves. 

‘If there is something that we can positively get out of this isolation, it is that we create the happiest moments ourselves and they are 99% of the time. 

‘Little moments, everyday things, family. I love you’.

Adorable: He showered his mini-mes with attention, with nine-year-old Cristiano Jr, two-year-old twins Mateo and Eva, and daughter Alana, two, beaming in the sweet video

Adorable: He showered his mini-mes with attention, with nine-year-old Cristiano Jr, two-year-old twins Mateo and Eva, and daughter Alana, two, beaming in the sweet video 

Georgina and Cristiano have remained behind closed doors with their family after relocating to Portugal from Turin in northern Italy. 

The twins were carried by a surrogate, while his eldest’s maternity is a mystery. Georgina is the biological mother of Alana. 

The couple met in 2016, and there have been rumours that the couple secretly married, but the pair have not confirmed.  

The family stayed at his home in Madeira in an effort to avoid contracting the virus, having seen three of his team-mates in Daniele Rugani, Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi among the first Serie A players to test positive for Covid-19.

They returned to Turin at the start of May and were required to spend 14 days at home in self-isolation as per government rules for international arrivals.

It was previously announced that clubs in Italy were allowed to return to team training on May 18 – but matches remain some way off following a government decree banning sporting events until June 15. 

Having fun: The Portuguese athlete then turned his attention to Georgina, wrapping himself around her as he challenged his children to push them over

Having fun: The Portuguese athlete then turned his attention to Georgina, wrapping himself around her as he challenged his children to push them over 

Back in his natural habitat: The hunk pictured on his first day back at work on Tuesday

Back in his natural habitat: The hunk pictured on his first day back at work on Tuesday 

Paulo Dybala ‘tests positive for coronavirus for fourth time in six weeks’


Paulo Dybala ‘still testing postive for coronavirus SIX WEEKS after first diagnosis and Juventus star may need more intensive treatment’

  • Paulo Dybala has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus for the fourth time
  • It has been six weeks since Dybala and his girlfriend contracted COVID-19
  • It comes days before Serie A teams were scheduled to be back at training
  • Dybala recently spoke out about the virus and how he struggled to breathe  
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Paulo Dybala has tested positive for the coronavirus for the fourth time in six weeks, according to reports.

The Argentine forward confirmed on March 21 that he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini had contracted COVID-19 after his first test.

According to Spanish programme El Chiringuito, Dybala has had four tests since initially contracting the disease and his most recent test has come back positive yet again.

Paulo Dybala has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 for the fourth time in six weeks

The 26-year-old recently spoke out on his experience fighting the disease and how he was struggling to breathe. However, he has claimed that he is feeling much better and he and his girlfriend are no longer showing symptoms. 

‘Luckily [we are] much better, these days we do not have any symptoms,’ said Dybala.

‘I had stronger symptoms, I got tired very quickly, when I wanted to train, I was short of breath after five minutes. There we noticed that something was not right and through the tests the club did we were told that we were positive.

‘From there we had more symptoms, such as cough, tired body and when we slept I felt very cold, but from the club they had told us that we were going to be fine so we had to be calm.’

Dybala spoke out about his and girlfriend Oriana Sabatini's battle with coronavirus was like

Dybala spoke out about his and girlfriend Oriana Sabatini’s battle with coronavirus was like

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has been given the all clear after contracting coronavirus

Blaise Matuidi was the second Juventus player to test positive but is also clear of Covid-19

Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi have been given the all clear after contracting coronavirus

The news that Dybala is struggling to shake the illness will come as a worry to Italian league officials, who have allowed all Serie A teams to return to training on Monday, May 4.

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced players would be able to ‘undertake training individually from May 4’ before they’d be allowed to train in groups two weeks later.

He added: ‘We need to complete all the discussions to ensure that if we do reach that stage, we’ll do so in the utmost safety and security.

‘We are passionate about sport and don’t want our athletes to get sick.

Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte is planning to begin phase 2 for coronavirus response

Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte is planning to begin phase 2 for coronavirus response

Serie A clubs are preparing to return to training on May 4 as Italy enters phase two of lockdown

Serie A clubs are preparing to return to training on May 4 as Italy enters phase two of lockdown

‘I’m passionate for football. Like many Italians, I initially found it strange that the championship could be interrupted or suspended but I think that even the most ardent fan understands that there wasn’t an alternative.’ 

Dybala was one of three Juventus stars to contract the virus, along with Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi.

However, the club announced earlier this month that the pair have made a full recovery after showing negative tests.

A club statement said: ‘Rugani and Matuidi underwent, as per protocol, a double-check with diagnostic tests (swabs) for the coronavirus.

‘The tests came back with negative results. The players have, therefore, recovered and are no longer subjected to the home isolation regime.’  

What sporting stars like Neymar are up to as coronavirus pandemic shuts down sporting world


With the first weekend of elite sport suspended as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic upon us, it is not just the regular-going fans who are seeking alternative ways to spend their weekend.

Sports stars all around the world have themselves turned from entertainers to keeping themselves occupied.

Physical activity was of course at the centre of most of their alternative activities, but others preferred to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle for the time being.  

Sergio Ramos put himself through his paces at his Spanish home with La Liga suspended

The Real Madrid captain went full tilt on his home treadmill to keep up his fitness levels

The Real Madrid captain went full tilt on his home treadmill to keep up his fitness levels

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was chief among those keeping in shape, running full pelt on his large curved treadmill.

The Spain defender’s Instagram post was supplemented with #teleworking and #ITrainAtHome, with the latter a particular hashtag that sports stars have used this weekend.

Ramos’ Madrid teammate Fede Valverde however preferred to enjoy the Spanish sunshine.

Ramos' Madrid teammate preferred to enjoy the sunshine in Spain as he looked after his child

Ramos’ Madrid teammate preferred to enjoy the sunshine in Spain as he looked after his child

But the Uruguayan midfielder could not resist a game of kick and chase with his pet

But the Uruguayan midfielder could not resist a game of kick and chase with his pet

The Uruguayan midfielder showed his usual burst of energy, playing a game of kick and chase with his dog.

The 21-year-old became a father for the first time last month, but despite posting a picture of him and his baby on his page – it appeared a game against his pet was too tempting to turn down.

Italy was the first European country to feel the real effects of the coronavirus, and after games were played behind closed doors last weekend Serie A has now shut down for the long run.

The Brazilian has faced tougher opponents this season as his dog chased from side to side

The Brazilian has faced tougher opponents this season as his dog chased from side to side

Juventus winger Douglas Costa posted a video of him playing keep ball with his dog

Juventus winger Douglas Costa posted a video of him playing keep ball with his dog

That however has not stopped Juventus star Douglas Costa from keeping his tricky feet busy, even if his opponent at the moment is perhaps not the most challenging.

The Brazilian posted a video on his Instagram of him playing a game of keep ball, with a few keepy-uppies included, while his dog futilely chased it from side to side.

Costa’s Juventus teammate Matthijs de Ligt was also keeping busy, but the Dutchman preferred an indoor activity.

Matthijs de Ligt's girlfriend posted an Instagram story of the duo playing table tennis

Matthijs de Ligt’s girlfriend posted an Instagram story of the duo playing table tennis

Annekee Molenaar's post saw the Juventus defender wearing the club's shirt at his home

Annekee Molenaar’s post saw the Juventus defender wearing the club’s shirt at his home

The defender’s model girlfriend Annekee Molenaar also took to Instagram to show her playing a game of table tennis against her boyfriend, who was wearing the top of the current Serie A champions.

And Molenaar asked those who had viewed her story to predict who won between the pair, with the post accompanied by a laughing emoji. 

Lazio and Italy striker Ciro Immobile however turned his hand to a an art completely different to sport.

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile went a completely different way and turned to hairdressing

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile went a completely different way and turned to hairdressing

Immobile's wife Jessica Melena posted a video of the Italy striker cutting her relative's hair

Immobile’s wife Jessica Melena posted a video of the Italy striker cutting her relative’s hair

The 30-year-old’s wife Jessica Melena posted a series of stories of the former Borussia Dortmund striker giving her relative a haircut, showing as much precision with a razor in hand as he does in front of goal. 

Fellow striker Robert Lewandowski also preferred to show his dexterity as opposed to his brilliant skills with his feet.

The Polish marksman uploaded a photo of him building a series of figures with his child, with the hashtag #stayathome.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski also preferred to show skills with his hands

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski also preferred to show skills with his hands 

The Bayern Munich striker will soon have his hands even more full with partner Anna expecting their second child. 

Ben Foster however appeared to completely ignore the guidelines put in place to stay at home.

Three Watford players had been tested for coronavirus, but the former England goalkeeper refused to be tied down to the restraints of self isolation.

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster preferred to venture outside of his home on his day off

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster preferred to venture outside of his home on his day off

On his Instagram story, Foster captured a picture of his bike and a car and said: ‘ A free Saturday to do whatever I want with…’ 

Football of course is not the only sport to have been affected, with Formula One’s season-opening Melbourne Grand Prix – which was scheduled for Sunday – now off due to the pandemic.

But despite the cancellation, Lewis Hamilton – who was looking to begin his bid to match Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles this month – stuck around in the Australian city for some indoor rock climbing.

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton stayed in Melbourne despite the Grand Prix's suspension

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton stayed in Melbourne despite the Grand Prix’s suspension

The 35-year-old tried his hand at indoor rock climbing in the Australian city to keep busy

The 35-year-old tried his hand at indoor rock climbing in the Australian city to keep busy

The 35-year-old posted on Instagram saying:  ‘Gutted to not be qualifying today. I decided to stick around Melbourne and go indoor rock climbing. It’s a great way for me to stay focused.

‘I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who have been sending me such positive messages. Hope you are all staying safe. Sending you all love and positivity’.

Others however preferred to use this weekend for some rest and kicked back with digital entertainment.

Paris-Saint Germain and Brazil star Neymar caught up with Spanish Netflix series Elite

Paris-Saint Germain and Brazil star Neymar caught up with Spanish Netflix series Elite 

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar inspired his side to victory over Borussia Dortmund in midweek.

But with no further football on the immediate horizon, the Brazilian kicked back to catch up on Spanish thriller Netflix series Elite.

And NBA star LeBron James was seen embracing the Tik Tok culture, with his children dancing with animated TV series American Dad playing in the background. 

LeBron James recorded his children embracing the Tik Tok culture with a dancing video

LeBron James recorded his children embracing the Tik Tok culture with a dancing video

TheNBA star also had the American animated series American Dad on in the background

TheNBA star also had the American animated series American Dad on in the background

Neymar’s PSG teammate Ander Herrera however showed his mischievous side off the field this time.

The former Manchester United midfielder played on his partner Isabel Collado’s fear of snakes by putting a fake reptile on one of the chairs at his home.

Collado was grabbed giving Herrera a stern look before walking away as the Spaniard zoomed in on the centre of his prank. 

PSG midfielder Ander Herrera played a prank on his partner Isabel Collado at his home

PSG midfielder Ander Herrera played a prank on his partner Isabel Collado at his home

The former Manchester United midfielder played on her fear of snakes with a fake reptile

The former Manchester United midfielder played on her fear of snakes with a fake reptile

 

What sporting stars like Neymar are up to as coronavirus pandemic shuts down sporting world


With the first weekend of elite sport suspended as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic upon us, it is not just the regular-going fans who are seeking alternative ways to spend their weekend.

Sports stars all around the world have themselves turned from entertainers to keeping themselves occupied.

Physical activity was of course at the centre of most of their alternative activities, but others preferred to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle for the time being.  

Sergio Ramos put himself through his paces at his Spanish home with La Liga suspended

The Real Madrid captain went full tilt on his home treadmill to keep up his fitness levels

The Real Madrid captain went full tilt on his home treadmill to keep up his fitness levels

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was chief among those keeping in shape, running full pelt on his large curved treadmill.

The Spain defender’s Instagram post was supplemented with #teleworking and #ITrainAtHome, with the latter a particular hashtag that sports stars have used this weekend.

Ramos’ Madrid teammate Fede Valverde however preferred to enjoy the Spanish sunshine.

Ramos' Madrid teammate preferred to enjoy the sunshine in Spain as he looked after his child

Ramos’ Madrid teammate preferred to enjoy the sunshine in Spain as he looked after his child

But the Uruguayan midfielder could not resist a game of kick and chase with his pet

But the Uruguayan midfielder could not resist a game of kick and chase with his pet

The Uruguayan midfielder showed his usual burst of energy, playing a game of kick and chase with his dog.

The 21-year-old became a father for the first time last month, but despite posting a picture of him and his baby on his page – it appeared a game against his pet was too tempting to turn down.

Italy was the first European country to feel the real effects of the coronavirus, and after games were played behind closed doors last weekend Serie A has now shut down for the long run.

The Brazilian has faced tougher opponents this season as his dog chased from side to side

The Brazilian has faced tougher opponents this season as his dog chased from side to side

Juventus winger Douglas Costa posted a video of him playing keep ball with his dog

Juventus winger Douglas Costa posted a video of him playing keep ball with his dog

That however has not stopped Juventus star Douglas Costa from keeping his tricky feet busy, even if his opponent at the moment is perhaps not the most challenging.

The Brazilian posted a video on his Instagram of him playing a game of keep ball, with a few keepy-uppies included, while his dog futilely chased it from side to side.

Costa’s Juventus teammate Matthijs de Ligt was also keeping busy, but the Dutchman preferred an indoor activity.

Matthijs de Ligt's girlfriend posted an Instagram story of the duo playing table tennis

Matthijs de Ligt’s girlfriend posted an Instagram story of the duo playing table tennis

Annekee Molenaar's post saw the Juventus defender wearing the club's shirt at his home

Annekee Molenaar’s post saw the Juventus defender wearing the club’s shirt at his home

The defender’s model girlfriend Annekee Molenaar also took to Instagram to show her playing a game of table tennis against her boyfriend, who was wearing the top of the current Serie A champions.

And Molenaar asked those who had viewed her story to predict who won between the pair, with the post accompanied by a laughing emoji. 

Lazio and Italy striker Ciro Immobile however turned his hand to a an art completely different to sport.

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile went a completely different way and turned to hairdressing

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile went a completely different way and turned to hairdressing

Immobile's wife Jessica Melena posted a video of the Italy striker cutting her relative's hair

Immobile’s wife Jessica Melena posted a video of the Italy striker cutting her relative’s hair

The 30-year-old’s wife Jessica Melena posted a series of stories of the former Borussia Dortmund striker giving her relative a haircut, showing as much precision with a razor in hand as he does in front of goal. 

Fellow striker Robert Lewandowski also preferred to show his dexterity as opposed to his brilliant skills with his feet.

The Polish marksman uploaded a photo of him building a series of figures with his child, with the hashtag #stayathome.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski also preferred to show skills with his hands

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski also preferred to show skills with his hands 

The Bayern Munich striker will soon have his hands even more full with partner Anna expecting their second child. 

Ben Foster however appeared to completely ignore the guidelines put in place to stay at home.

Three Watford players had been tested for coronavirus, but the former England goalkeeper refused to be tied down to the restraints of self isolation.

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster preferred to venture outside of his home on his day off

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster preferred to venture outside of his home on his day off

On his Instagram story, Foster captured a picture of his bike and a car and said: ‘ A free Saturday to do whatever I want with…’ 

Football of course is not the only sport to have been affected, with Formula One’s season-opening Melbourne Grand Prix – which was scheduled for Sunday – now off due to the pandemic.

But despite the cancellation, Lewis Hamilton – who was looking to begin his bid to match Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles this month – stuck around in the Australian city for some indoor rock climbing.

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton stayed in Melbourne despite the Grand Prix's suspension

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton stayed in Melbourne despite the Grand Prix’s suspension

The 35-year-old tried his hand at indoor rock climbing in the Australian city to keep busy

The 35-year-old tried his hand at indoor rock climbing in the Australian city to keep busy

The 35-year-old posted on Instagram saying:  ‘Gutted to not be qualifying today. I decided to stick around Melbourne and go indoor rock climbing. It’s a great way for me to stay focused.

‘I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who have been sending me such positive messages. Hope you are all staying safe. Sending you all love and positivity’.

Others however preferred to use this weekend for some rest and kicked back with digital entertainment.

Paris-Saint Germain and Brazil star Neymar caught up with Spanish Netflix series Elite

Paris-Saint Germain and Brazil star Neymar caught up with Spanish Netflix series Elite 

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar inspired his side to victory over Borussia Dortmund in midweek.

But with no further football on the immediate horizon, the Brazilian kicked back to catch up on Spanish thriller Netflix series Elite.

And NBA star LeBron James was seen embracing the Tik Tok culture, with his children dancing with animated TV series American Dad playing in the background. 

LeBron James recorded his children embracing the Tik Tok culture with a dancing video

LeBron James recorded his children embracing the Tik Tok culture with a dancing video

TheNBA star also had the American animated series American Dad on in the background

TheNBA star also had the American animated series American Dad on in the background

Neymar’s PSG teammate Ander Herrera however showed his mischievous side off the field this time.

The former Manchester United midfielder played on his partner Isabel Collado’s fear of snakes by putting a fake reptile on one of the chairs at his home.

Collado was grabbed giving Herrera a stern look before walking away as the Spaniard zoomed in on the centre of his prank. 

PSG midfielder Ander Herrera played a prank on his partner Isabel Collado at his home

PSG midfielder Ander Herrera played a prank on his partner Isabel Collado at his home

The former Manchester United midfielder played on her fear of snakes with a fake reptile

The former Manchester United midfielder played on her fear of snakes with a fake reptile

 

Cristiano Ronaldo in quarantine in Madeira after Daniele Rugani positive coronavirus test


Cristiano Ronaldo is in QUARANTINE back home in Madeira as Juventus star is forced to isolate following team-mate Daniele Rugani’s positive test for coronavirus

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has not returned to Northern Italy after Daniele Rugani news
  • Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus and his team-mates are in isolation
  • He flew back to Madeira to see his mother who recently suffered a stroke
  • Ronaldo remains at home in Portugal and will not be flying back to Turin  

Cristiano Ronaldo is remaining in quarantine in his Madeira home after Juventus team-mate Daniele Rugani tested positive for coronavirus. 

The Portuguese star flew to his homeland to visit his mother, who recently suffered a stroke, before the news broke and must stay put rather than fly back to northern Italy where the outbreak is at its most rampant. 

Both Ronaldo and Rugani shared a dressing room on Sunday when Juventus beat Inter Milan 2-0 behind closed doors. 

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Daniele Rugani (circled) shared a dressing room on Sunday

Ronaldo is not flying back to Turin and must stay in quarantine in his family home in Portugal

Ronaldo is not flying back to Turin and must stay in quarantine in his family home in Portugal

A picture posted on Instagram by Miralem Pjanic after the game show Ronaldo and Rugani celebrating the victory in a close huddle with their team-mates.  

Everyone who came into contact with Rugani on both sides has now required to be in isolation.

The Portuguese press plastered the story over their front pages with Quotidiano Sportivo and Abola both running headlines about Ronaldo being in quarantine.

All sporting events in Italy have been cancelled until at least April 3 but Juventus are scheduled to face Lyon in the Champions League next Tuesday. 

That game is due to be played behind closed doors but is now widely expected to be postponed by UEFA. 

Rugani is the second professional football to test positive, with Hannover 96 defender Timo Hubers currently in quarantine. 

He took to Twitter and wrote: ‘You will have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure all those who are worrying about me, I’m fine.

Juventus defender Rugani posted on Twitter, writing that the 'virus makes not distinctions'

Juventus defender Rugani posted on Twitter, writing that the ‘virus makes not distinctions’ 

‘I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinctions! Let’s do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us.’ 

Italy is by far the worst affected European nation where more than 800 people have died of the illness. 

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said supermarkets and pharmacies will be the only retailers to remain open in Italy.

Conte has allowed public services such as transport and industrial production to remain as long as there are adequate safety measures in place to stop the virus spreading.  

Juventus reveal defender Daniele Rugani has tested POSITIVE for coronavirus


2020 OLYMPIC GAMES 

In doubt 

The scale of the outbreak in Japan saw senior International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound describe the disease as ‘the new war’ threatening Tokyo 2020 and he warned the Games may have to be cancelled if the virus was still around by May.

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

The Japanese government later insisted Pound’s comments were not the IOC’s official stance but there remains doubts over whether the summer showcase can still go ahead with health concerns.

Athletes have been told to keep training and the plan remains to hold the Games in Japan as planned but training for around 80,000 volunteers has been delayed for at least two months- it was due to begin on February 22.

The iconic start to Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games will be held without spectators as it was announced the traditional torch-lighting ceremony will take place with no fans in attendance.

The Greek Olympic Committee announced Monday that the torch-lighting ceremony – the symbolic start of each Olympic Games – will be staged at a scaled-down, behind-closed-doors event due to the ongoing fears over the spread of coronavirus in the region.

The Committee announced the Olympic torch will be lit during a smaller-scale ceremony in ancient Olympia on Thursday, March 12 before heading off on a seven-day relay, ending in an official handover ceremony in Greece on March 19.

ATHLETICS

Cancelled

World Athletics Indoor Championships (March 13-15 in Nanjing) is off 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 due to concerns over the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread

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

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

The Paris half-marathon is canceled and the French government also decided to ban all indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people.

The race involving some 44,000 competitors was scheduled for Sunday (March 1) in the French capital city. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date yet to be determined. 

The Barcelona marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed until October to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Barcelona’s city hall said in a statement.

In doubt

A mixed relay Olympic triathlon qualification event scheduled for Chengdu, China in May is moved to Valencia, pending an outbreak in Spain.

BADMINTON

Cancelled

German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, are cancelled due to ‘strict health protection’.

BOXING

Cancelled

Olympic boxing qualifiers to be staged in Wuhan were cancelled by the International Olympic Committee, and now are relocated to occur in Amman from March 3-11

The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy following the outbreak.

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

CRICKET

Impacted

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

CYCLING

In doubt

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov has been cleared to race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships after being kept in isolation over fears of an outbreak of coronavirus.

Morkov, 34, had travelled to Berlin on Thursday after contesting the first four stages of the UAE Tour, the final two stages of which were then cancelled after two members of staff on the race were suspected of having the disease.

Riders and staff on the UAE Tour have been in lockdown since but, after the Abu Dhabi Department of Health issued a statement on Saturday saying 167 tests had come back negative, the UCI said Morkov was free to race as normal.

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

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

FOOTBALL

Cancelled

All domestic fixtures at all levels are postponed by the Chinese Football Association as the season is pushed back due to the scale of the outbreak in China.

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

The start of the Korean K-League season is postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League are playing their matches behind closed doors.

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

Inter Milan’s game against Sampdoria was one of four Serie A games cancelled last weekend due to affected regions in Italy leading to advice from the prime minister to call off sporting events.

Inter Milan’s Europa League match with Getafe was also postponed on March 11, while Roma’s flight to Spain to face Sevilla was banned from landing before being postponed, with Italy on lockdown.

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

The Coppa Italia match between Napoli and Inter Milan on Thursday became the latest fixture to be called off, when it was postponed indefinitely. It was the 12th game to be postponed since the crisis began and the third involving Inter.

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

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

An update from sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora later confirmed all the upcoming Serie A fixtures for the weekend commencing March 7,8, would be played behind closed doors. And with the country on lockdown, it was later announced that all sport, including Serie A games, would be suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.

In France, the Ligue 1 game between RC Strasbourg and champions Paris St Germain was postponed on Friday.

It was the first Ligue 1 game to be postponed, with Strasbourg’s Alsace region one of the worst hit by the coronavirus in France, where 613 cases and nine deaths have been reported.

The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, was postponed as a ‘precautionary measure’ after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus weeks after watching his Greek team play at the Emirates Stadium. 

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

UEFA said it is asking governments across the continent to ensure Euro 2020 goes ahead in three months despite the coronavirus outbreak. 

Impacted

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

Inter Milan’s Europa League match against Ludogorets on February 27 will be played behind closed doors. Only TV rights-holders are allowed to attend as media as the club look to secure the San Siro. Ludogorets players arrived in Italy wearing face masks.

Serie A announced five matches on February 28-March 1 will be played behind closed doors, including Juventus v Inter Milan in Turin, a huge match between title rivals.

Ligue 1 followed suit with games set to be played in empty stadiums until April 15. Clubs also have the option of playing games with just 1,000 fans.

LaLiga became the latest team to ban supporters in stadiums after guidance from Spain’s health ministry and sports council. Barcelona’s Champions League tie with Napoli will also be played in an empty ground.

Olympiakos' owner Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for the coronavirus

Olympiakos’ owner Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for the coronavirus

Manchester United clash at Austrian side Lask will be behind closed doors, with United expected to hand out refunds after they sold 900 tickets for the Europa League game. 

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

Three players from third-division Italian football club US Pianese have tested positive for coronavirus, the Tuscany side confirmed on Friday. 

Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Nottingham Forest, tested positive for the coronavirus. Both Olympiacos and Forest squads were tested and all returned negative.

While Arsenal’s game with Manchester City was postponed, the weekend’s game with Brighton was confirmed as going ahead. 

The Copa del Rey final, which was set to take place on April 18, between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao has now been postponed.

In doubt

Thursday’s Europa League clash between Olympiakos on Wolves is set to take place behind closed doors after an order by the government in Greece, but Wolves have asked UEFA to delay the fixture.

England’s friendly against Italy at Wembley in March is still set to go ahead, as per a tweet from England football’s account on March 11. England are also set to play Denmark in March.

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

Growing concerns that some matches at Euro 2020 could be called off if the coronavirus outbreak gets worse between now and the summer. The tournament is set to be multi-city. UEFA admit they are in a ‘waiting stage’ and must follow the orders of the individual countries involved. However, FA Chairman Greg Clarke has stated that he expects the tournament to go ahead.

Premier League games are ‘likely’ to be played behind closed doors ‘in the coming weeks’ over coronavirus fears, Everton board member Sasha Ryazantsev has warned, in line with the action taken in Serie A. 

FORMULA ONE

Cancelled

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 is postponed with no decision over whether it will be reinserted into the 2020 calendar for later in the season.

Impacted 

The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, is to take place behind closed doors.

A member of McLaren’s team went into self-isolation on March 11 after showing symptoms linked with the virus. They were tested at the medical centre at the circuit for the Australian Grand Prix. Two personnel from Haas were also tested before going into self-isolation.

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

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

In doubt

The Australian Grand Prix will go ahead despite an emergency response plan being enacted across the country to deal with the virus. The chief executive of the tourism council says that Victoria cannot afford for the event to be cancelled. 

There are growing concerns over whether the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix (scheduled to take place in Hanoi on April 5) will go ahead.

GOLF

Cancelled

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

The Honda LPGA Thailand event in Pattaya, Thailand scheduled for February 20-23 along with the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, scheduled to start on February 27, were both postponed

The PGA Tour Series-China postponed two qualifying tournaments and delayed the start of its 2020 campaign by two months, cutting the number of regular season events down from 14 to 10.

The decision was made to cancel the LPGA Blue Bay tournament in China, with the event at Hainan Island (due to start on March 5) seen as dangerous to players’ health

The European Tour postponed the Maybank Championship (April 16-19 in Kuala Lumpur) and Volvo China Open (April 23-26 in Shenzhen).

Impacted

Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open on medical grounds after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and he was told to self-isolate. They were later reinstated to the tournament after testing negative for the virus.

HORSE RACING

Impacted

The Japan Racing Association revealed that ‘government-sanctioned races’ will go behind closed doors.

Two race meetings in France next week are to take place behind closed doors in a response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Monday’s jumps card and the Wednesday fixture on the Flat at Compiegne will have no paying customers, with the order coming from the mayor of the town and the president of the Compiegne Racing Society.

In doubt

Cheltenham festival is in doubt as organisers set up a steering group to consider the danger posed by the virus, just 13 days prior to the prestigious Gold Cup event

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

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

RUGBY

Cancelled

Scotland Women’s Six Nations match with Italy on February 23 is postponed due to an outbreak in the Milan area.

And the Women’s match between Wales and Scotland in the Six Nations on March 15 is also off after one Scottish player tested positive for the virus. 

Ireland’s Six Nations meeting with Italy on March 7 is postponed.

Ospreys and Ulster’s Pro14 trips to play in Italy on February 29 are postponed. Ospreys were due to play Zebre in Parma with Treviso the venue for Ulster’s game against Benetton.

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

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

The Italian Rugby Federation suspended its National Championship and youth games for February 28-March 1.

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

England’s final Six Nations game against Italy is off ‘with the intention to reschedule it at a later date’. The same applies to the corresponding women’s and U20s fixtures. All were due to be played on March 13-15.

Meanwhile, France’s Six Nations clash with Ireland on March 14 has been pushed back with the French government taking measures against sporting events. 

In doubt

Scottish rugby announced preparations ‘continue as normal’ as they discuss with French rugby whether to proceed with their Six Nations match on March 8 following a second coronavirus death in France.

All of Italy’s remaining Six Nations fixtures – they are due to host England in their final game 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 plans to send commentators and pundits out to Rome for England’s game against Italy in Rome.

TENNIS

Cancelled

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California, set to start on March 9, was postponed at the eleventh hour.  It came after a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the nearby Coachella Valley.

The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine is cancelled. Both players received ranking points and prize money for getting to the final. They were denied the opportunity to play behind closed doors.

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie because the men’s team were unable to travel to Romania for the March 6-7 playoff.

WTA event Xi’an Open (set for April 13-19) is cancelled due to fears over player safety. WTA announced they are assessing their schedule with a number of events set for China in the second half of the season.

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

The event was due to be held in Budapest and the competition’s play-offs, which were set to take place in eight different locations, have also been placed on hold.

Impacted

Japan’s home Davis Cup tie against Ecuador next week is now set to be played behind closed doors.

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

In doubt

WTA event Kunming Open is considered for cancellation after Xi’an Open was called off. It is due to start on April 27.

OTHER SPORTS

Cancelled 

MotoGP have cancelled their first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand. Moto2 and Moto3 will though run in Qatar though as they were already based at the track for pre-season testing.

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

South Korean baseball league cancelled all 50 pre-season game which were slated to take place from March 14-24. It is the first time since the leagues inception in 1982 that an entire set of exhibition matches are off. 

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

A beach volleyball tournament, due to be held in Yangzhou from April 22-26, is postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

World Short track speed skating championship in Seoul is cancelled.

Next month’s World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed on Saturday as a precautionary measure.

The event was due to take place from March 5 to March 7 in the city, which has reported new cases of the virus.

Event organisers said they still hoped to reschedule the event to take place later in March or April. 

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

The championships were set to begin on March 31 and continue until April 10 with games in Halifax and Truro, Canada. 

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

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

Impacted

The Japanese professional baseball league made the decision to play their 72 pre-season games behind closed doors until March 15. Baseball is among the most popular sports in Japan. 

In an aid to decrease risks of exposure to the virus, the NBA have told players to avoid taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph seekers. 

In doubt

The South Korean baseball league regular season is in doubt ahead of the first round of matches on March 28. An emergency meeting has been called.   

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

Cristiano Ronaldo pretends to high five missing supporters before Juventus’ game against Inter Milan


2020 OLYMPIC GAMES 

In doubt 

The scale of the outbreak in Japan saw senior International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound describe the disease as ‘the new war’ threatening Tokyo 2020 and he warned the Games may have to be cancelled if the virus was still around by May.

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

The Japanese government later insisted Pound’s comments were not the IOC’s official stance but there remains doubts over whether the summer showcase can still go ahead with health concerns.

Athletes have been told to keep training and the plan remains to hold the Games in Japan as planned but training for around 80,000 volunteers has been delayed for at least two months- it was due to begin on February 22.

ATHLETICS

Cancelled

World Athletics Indoor Championships (March 13-15 in Nanjing) is off 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 due to concerns over the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread

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

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

The Paris half-marathon is canceled and the French government also decided to ban all indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people.

The race involving some 44,000 competitors was scheduled for Sunday (March 1) in the French capital city. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date yet to be determined. 

The Barcelona marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed until October to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Barcelona’s city hall said in a statement.

In doubt

A mixed relay Olympic triathlon qualification event scheduled for Chengdu, China in May is moved to Valencia, pending an outbreak in Spain.

BADMINTON

Cancelled

German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, are cancelled due to ‘strict health protection’.

BOXING

Cancelled

Olympic boxing qualifiers to be staged in Wuhan were cancelled by the International Olympic Committee, and now are relocated to occur in Amman from March 3-11

The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy following the outbreak.

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

CRICKET

Impacted

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

CYCLING

In doubt

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov has been cleared to race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships after being kept in isolation over fears of an outbreak of coronavirus.

Morkov, 34, had travelled to Berlin on Thursday after contesting the first four stages of the UAE Tour, the final two stages of which were then cancelled after two members of staff on the race were suspected of having the disease.

Riders and staff on the UAE Tour have been in lockdown since but, after the Abu Dhabi Department of Health issued a statement on Saturday saying 167 tests had come back negative, the UCI said Morkov was free to race as normal.

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

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

FOOTBALL

Cancelled

All domestic fixtures at all levels are postponed by the Chinese Football Association as the season is pushed back due to the scale of the outbreak in China.

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

The start of the Korean K-League season is postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League are playing their matches behind closed doors.

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

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

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

Inter Milan’s game against Sampdoria was one of four Serie A games cancelled last weekend due to affected regions in Italy leading to advice from the prime minister to call off sporting events.

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

The Coppa Italia match between Napoli and Inter Milan on Thursday became the latest fixture to be called off, when it was postponed indefinitely. It was the 12th game to be postponed since the crisis began and the third involving Inter Milan.

An update from sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora later confirmed all the upcoming Serie A fixtures for the weekend commencing March 7,8, would be played behind closed doors.

In France, the Ligue 1 game between RC Strasbourg and champions Paris St Germain was postponed on Friday.

It was the first Ligue 1 game to be postponed, with Strasbourg’s Alsace region one of the worst hit by the coronavirus in France, where 613 cases and nine deaths have been reported.

Impacted

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

Inter Milan’s Europa League match against Ludogorets on February 27 will be played behind closed doors. Only TV rights-holders are allowed to attend as media as the club look to secure the San Siro. Ludogorets players arrived in Italy wearing face masks.

Serie A announced five matches on February 28-March 1 will be played behind closed doors, including Juventus v Inter Milan in Turin, a huge match between title rivals. 

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

Three players from third-division Italian football club US Pianese have tested positive for coronavirus, the Tuscany side confirmed on Friday. 

In doubt

England’s friendly against Italy at Wembley in March is now in doubt as the FA holds crisis talks following the outbreak in northern Italy.

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

Growing concerns that some matches at Euro 2020 could be called off if the coronavirus outbreak gets worse between now and the summer. The tournament is set to be multi-city. UEFA admit they are in a ‘waiting stage’ and must follow the orders of the individual countries involved. However, FA Chairman Greg Clarke has stated that he expects the tournament to go ahead.

Premier League games are ‘likely’ to be played behind closed doors ‘in the coming weeks’ over coronavirus fears, Everton board member Sasha Ryazantsev has warned, in line with the action taken in Serie A. 

FORMULA ONE

Cancelled

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 is postponed with no decision over whether it will be reinserted into the 2020 calendar for later in the season.

Impacted 

The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, is to take place behind closed doors.

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

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

In doubt

The Australian Grand Prix will go ahead despite an emergency response plan being enacted across the country to deal with the virus. The chief executive of the tourism council says that Victoria cannot afford for the event to be cancelled. 

There are growing concerns over whether the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix (scheduled to take place in Hanoi on April 5) will go ahead.

GOLF

Cancelled

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

The Honda LPGA Thailand event in Pattaya, Thailand scheduled for February 20-23 along with the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, scheduled to start on February 27, were both postponed

The PGA Tour Series-China postponed two qualifying tournaments and delayed the start of its 2020 campaign by two months, cutting the number of regular season events down from 14 to 10.

The decision was made to cancel the LPGA Blue Bay tournament in China, with the event at Hainan Island (due to start on March 5) seen as dangerous to players’ health

The European Tour postponed the Maybank Championship (April 16-19 in Kuala Lumpur) and Volvo China Open (April 23-26 in Shenzhen).

Impacted

Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open on medical grounds after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and he was told to self-isolate. They were later reinstated to the tournament after testing negative for the virus.

HORSE RACING

Impacted

The Japan Racing Association revealed that ‘government-sanctioned races’ will go behind closed doors.

Two race meetings in France next week are to take place behind closed doors in a response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Monday’s jumps card and the Wednesday fixture on the Flat at Compiegne will have no paying customers, with the order coming from the mayor of the town and the president of the Compiegne Racing Society.

In doubt

Cheltenham festival is in doubt as organisers set up a steering group to consider the danger posed by the virus, just 13 days prior to the prestigious Gold Cup event

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

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

RUGBY

Cancelled

Scotland Women’s Six Nations match with Italy on February 23 is postponed due to an outbreak in the Milan area.

Ireland’s Six Nations meeting with Italy on March 7 is postponed.

Ospreys and Ulster’s Pro14 trips to play in Italy on February 29 are postponed. Ospreys were due to play Zebre in Parma with Treviso the venue for Ulster’s game against Benetton.

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

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

The Italian Rugby Federation suspended its National Championship and youth games for February 28-March 1.

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

England’s final Six Nations game against Italy is off ‘with the intention to reschedule it at a later date’. The same applies to the corresponding women’s and U20s fixtures. All were due to be played on March 13-15.

In doubt

Scottish rugby announced preparations ‘continue as normal’ as they discuss with French rugby whether to proceed with their Six Nations match on March 8 following a second coronavirus death in France.

All of Italy’s remaining Six Nations fixtures – they are due to host England in their final game 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 plans to send commentators and pundits out to Rome for England’s game against Italy in Rome.

TENNIS

Cancelled

The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine is cancelled. Both players received ranking points and prize money for getting to the final. They were denied the opportunity to play behind closed doors.

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie because the men’s team were unable to travel to Romania for the March 6-7 playoff.

WTA event Xi’an Open (set for April 13-19) is cancelled due to fears over player safety. WTA announced they are assessing their schedule with a number of events set for China in the second half of the season.

Impacted

Japan’s home Davis Cup tie against Ecuador next week is now set to be played behind closed doors.

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

In doubt

WTA event Kunming Open is considered for cancellation after Xi’an Open was called off. It is due to start on April 27.

OTHER SPORTS

Cancelled 

MotoGP have cancelled their first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand. Moto2 and Moto3 will though run in Qatar though as they were already based at the track for pre-season testing.

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

South Korean baseball league cancelled all 50 pre-season game which were slated to take place from March 14-24. It is the first time since the leagues inception in 1982 that an entire set of exhibition matches are off. 

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

A beach volleyball tournament, due to be held in Yangzhou from April 22-26, is postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

World Short track speed skating championship in Seoul is cancelled.

Next month’s World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed on Saturday as a precautionary measure.

The event was due to take place from March 5 to March 7 in the city, which has reported new cases of the virus.

Event organisers said they still hoped to reschedule the event to take place later in March or April. 

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

The championships were set to begin on March 31 and continue until April 10 with games in Halifax and Truro, Canada. 

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

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

Impacted

The Japanese professional baseball league made the decision to play their 72 pre-season games behind closed doors until March 15. Baseball is among the most popular sports in Japan. 

In an aid to decrease risks of exposure to the virus, the NBA have told players to avoid taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph seekers. 

In doubt

The South Korean baseball league regular season is in doubt ahead of the first round of matches on March 28. An emergency meeting has been called.   

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

Greg Clarke insists England will prepare for Euro 2020 as usual despite coronavirus threat


2020 OLYMPIC GAMES 

In doubt 

The scale of the outbreak in Japan saw senior International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound describe the disease as ‘the new war’ threatening Tokyo 2020 and he warned the Games may have to be cancelled if the virus was still around by May.

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

The Japanese government later insisted Pound’s comments were not the IOC’s official stance but there remains doubts over whether the summer showcase can still go ahead with health concerns.

Athletes have been told to keep training and the plan remains to hold the Games in Japan as planned but training for around 80,000 volunteers has been delayed for at least two months- it was due to begin on February 22.

ATHLETICS

Cancelled

World Athletics Indoor Championships (March 13-15 in Nanjing) is off 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 due to concerns over the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread

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

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

The Paris half-marathon is canceled and the French government also decided to ban all indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people.

The race involving some 44,000 competitors was scheduled for Sunday (March 1) in the French capital city. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date yet to be determined. 

In doubt

A mixed relay Olympic triathlon qualification event scheduled for Chengdu, China in May is moved to Valencia, pending an outbreak in Spain.

BADMINTON

Cancelled

German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, are cancelled due to ‘strict health protection’.

BOXING

Cancelled

Olympic boxing qualifiers to be staged in Wuhan were cancelled by the International Olympic Committee, and now are relocated to occur in Amman from March 3-11

The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy following the outbreak.

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

CYCLING

In doubt

Danish cyclist Michael Morkov has been cleared to race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships after being kept in isolation over fears of an outbreak of coronavirus.

Morkov, 34, had travelled to Berlin on Thursday after contesting the first four stages of the UAE Tour, the final two stages of which were then cancelled after two members of staff on the race were suspected of having the disease.

Riders and staff on the UAE Tour have been in lockdown since but, after the Abu Dhabi Department of Health issued a statement on Saturday saying 167 tests had come back negative, the UCI said Morkov was free to race as normal.

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

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

FOOTBALL

Cancelled

All domestic fixtures at all levels are postponed by the Chinese Football Association as the season is pushed back due to the scale of the outbreak in China.

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

The start of the Korean K-League season is postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League playing their matches behind closed doors.

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

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

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

Inter Milan’s game against Sampdoria was one of four Serie A games cancelled last weekend due to affected regions in Italy leading to advice from the prime minister to call off sporting events.

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

Impacted

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

Inter Milan’s Europa League match against Ludogorets on February 27 will be played behind closed doors. Only TV rights-holders are allowed to attend as media as the club look to secure the San Siro. Ludogorets players arrived in Italy wearing face masks.

Serie A announced five matches on February 28-March 1 will be played behind closed doors, including Juventus v Inter Milan in Turin, a huge match between title rivals. 

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

Three players from third-division Italian football club US Pianese have tested positive for coronavirus, the Tuscany side confirmed on Friday. 

In doubt

England’s friendly against Italy at Wembley in March is now in doubt as the FA holds crisis talks following the outbreak in northern Italy.

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

Growing concerns that some matches at Euro 2020 could be called off if the coronavirus outbreak gets worse between now and the summer. The tournament is set to be multi-city. UEFA admit they are in a ‘waiting stage’ and must follow the orders of the individual countries involved. However, FA Chairman Greg Clarke has stated that he expects the tournament to go ahead.

FORMULA ONE

Cancelled

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 is postponed with no decision over whether it will be reinserted into the 2020 calendar for later in the season.

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

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

In doubt

The Australian Grand Prix will go ahead despite an emergency response plan being enacted across the country to deal with the virus. The chief executive of the tourism council says that Victoria cannot afford for the event to be cancelled.

The Bahrain Grand Prix is still planned to go ahead despite a number of flights from Dubai and the UAE into the country being cancelled this week due to coronavirus fears.

There are growing concerns over whether the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix (scheduled to take place in Hanoi on April 5) will go ahead.

GOLF

Cancelled

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

The Honda LPGA Thailand event in Pattaya, Thailand scheduled for February 20-23 along with the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, scheduled to start on February 27, were both postponed

The PGA Tour Series-China postponed two qualifying tournaments and delayed the start of its 2020 campaign by two months, cutting the number of regular season events down from 14 to 10.

The decision was made to cancel the LPGA Blue Bay tournament in China, with the event at Hainan Island (due to start on March 5) seen as dangerous to players’ health

The European Tour postponed the Maybank Championship (April 16-19 in Kuala Lumpur) and Volvo China Open (April 23-26 in Shenzhen).

Impacted

Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open on medical grounds after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and he was told to self-isolate. They were later reinstated to the tournament after testing negative for the virus.

HORSE RACING

Impacted

The Japan Racing Association revealed that ‘government-sanctioned races’ will go behind closed doors.

Two race meetings in France next week are to take place behind closed doors in a response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Monday’s jumps card and the Wednesday fixture on the Flat at Compiegne will have no paying customers, with the order coming from the mayor of the town and the president of the Compiegne Racing Society.

In doubt

Cheltenham festival is in doubt as organisers set up a steering group to consider the danger posed by the virus, just 13 days prior to the prestigious Gold Cup event

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

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

RUGBY

Cancelled

Scotland Women’s Six Nations match with Italy on February 23 is postponed due to an outbreak in the Milan area.

Ireland’s Six Nations meeting with Italy on March 7 is postponed.

Ospreys and Ulster’s Pro14 trips to play in Italy on February 29 are postponed. Ospreys were due to play Zebre in Parma with Treviso the venue for Ulster’s game against Benetton.

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

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

The Italian Rugby Federation suspended its National Championship and youth games for February 28-March 1.

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

In doubt

Scottish rugby announced preparations ‘continue as normal’ as they discuss with French rugby whether to proceed with their Six Nations match on March 8 following a second coronavirus death in France.

All of Italy’s remaining Six Nations fixtures – they are due to host England in their final game on March 14 – are in serious doubt given the scale of the outbreak in Italy

TENNIS

Cancelled

The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine is cancelled. Both players received ranking points and prize money for getting to the final. They were denied the opportunity to play behind closed doors.

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie because the men’s team were unable to travel to Romania for the March 6-7 playoff.

WTA event Xi’an Open (set for April 13-19) is cancelled due to fears over player safety. WTA announced they are assessing their schedule with a number of events set for China in the second half of the season.

Impacted

Japan’s home Davis Cup tie against Ecuador next week is now set to be played behind closed doors.

In doubt

WTA event Kunming Open is considered for cancellation after Xi’an Open was called off. It is due to start on April 27.

OTHER SPORTS

Cancelled 

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

South Korean baseball league cancelled all 50 pre-season game which were slated to take place from March 14-24. It is the first time since the leagues inception in 1982 that an entire set of exhibition matches are off. 

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

A beach volleyball tournament, due to be held in Yangzhou from April 22-26, is postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

World Short track speed skating championship in Seoul is cancelled.

Next month’s World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed on Saturday as a precautionary measure.

The event was due to take place from March 5 to March 7 in the city, which has reported new cases of the virus.

Event organisers said they still hoped to reschedule the event to take place later in March or April.

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

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

Impacted

The Japanese professional baseball league made the decision to play their 72 pre-season games behind closed doors until March 15. Baseball is among the most popular sports in Japan.  

In doubt

The South Korean baseball league regular season is in doubt ahead of the first round of matches on March 28. An emergency meeting has been called.   

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