Coronavirus: Here's what happened in the sports world on Tuesday

Stay up to date on the latest on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting sports around the globe.

IOC, Japan agree to move Tokyo 2020 Games to 2021

(Illustration by Steve Tzemis/CBC)

The latest on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting sports around the globe:

Tokyo 2020 Games moved to 2021

The International Olympic Committee announced a first-of-its-kind postponement of the Summer Olympics on Tuesday, bowing to the realities of a coronavirus pandemic that is shutting down daily life around the globe and making planning for a massive worldwide gathering in July a virtual impossibility.

The IOC said the Tokyo Games "must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020, but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community."

"Utter relief. Excitement. Uncertainty. We're in unprecedented times," said Canadian wrestler Erica Wiebe, who had qualified for Tokyo, her second Olympics. "We'll be more ready than ever in 2021 and wearing the Maple Leaf with more pride than I thought was possible."

COC chair Seyi Smith said his feelings for the country's athletes was mixed.

"(It's) good that they can focus on everyone's collective responsibility to the pandemic now," he said. "(It's) bad that meticulous planning for the Games and life planning post-games has been derailed.

IOC president Thomas Bach has not discuseds new dates for the 2020 Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates.

World Athletics considers pushing back 2021 world championships

The track world championships in Eugene, Ore., could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.

World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about "alternative dates, including dates in 2022."

The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.

World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.


CFL delays global draft slated for mid-April

The Canadian Football League postponed its 2020 global draft due to the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday.

The draft was scheduled to be held April 16. It will now coincide with the opening of training camps.

Teams remain scheduled to open rookie camps May 13 with training camps getting underway May 17.

However, last week CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said the league was looking into all contingency plans regarding all facets of the 2020 campaign amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

A-League soccer in Australia shelved

Australian soccer's A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.

That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand.

Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22.

Fate of F1's Montreal Grand Prix to be decided by May 1

The president of the Canadian Grand Prix expects to know by May 1 whether the Formula One race will take place on its scheduled date in June.

Francois Dumontier says a decision on the June 14 Montreal race will be made between Easter (April 12) and May 1.

The first seven races on the F1 schedule have been either postponed or cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Montreal is the eighth race.

"The decision will be a common decision between Formula 1 and myself," Dumontier said on a conference call Tuesday. "At this point, we all hope the race can go on on June 14.

NFL's Cardinals give $1M to help those affected by virus

The NFL's Arizona Cardinals have made a $1 million donation to help those in the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cardinals are working with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to launch an initiative that will help fund protective equipment for medical personnel, support non-profits like food banks and homeless shelters, and provide disadvantaged students with technology to help with online learning.

Cardinals president Michael Bidwell said in a statement that "this unprecedented crisis has us asking what we can do to help and what might have the greatest impact. We are grateful for the creation of this relief fund, are proud to support its critically important mission and hope that others throughout the community can join this effort in whatever way that they are able."

Elsewhere, Jacksonville's Shad Khan is the latest NFL owner to donate money to help during the coronavirus pandemic, committing $1 million to northeast Florida's response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Women's Basketball HOF induction moved to next June

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's newest class won't get inducted until next year.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame officials have announced their scheduled June 13 induction ceremony has been postponed to June 12, 2021, at Knoxville, Tennessee, because of the pandemic.

The induction class features Debbie Brock, Carol Callan, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Sue Donohoe, Lauren Jackson and Carol Stiff. The 1980 U.S. Olympic women's basketball team is to be honoured as trailblazers of the game.

European club rugby finals on hold

The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board.

The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarter-finals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.

EPCR says it "remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season."

Opening day in Taiwan moved for 3rd time

Taiwan's professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.

The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League's season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The CPBL's website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.

Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.

With files from CBC Sports and The Canadian Press


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