The Coronavirus is continuing to spread around the world and is now starting to play a major role in a number of sporting events. This all started from the latter stages of January and this is now set to continue moving forward, as the virus continues to spread to more and more countries around the world, with the threat increasing.
The 22nd of January was the first day to see cancellation events. The Olympic boxing qualifiers in Wuhan were cancelled and moved to Amman later in the year. Olympic Women’s football qualifiers were also moved from Wuhan on the same day.
The Fed Cup in Asia was the next event to be moved on the 26th of January. The event was then rescheduled to take place in Dubai. Foshan were also set to host Women’s basketball Olympic qualifying, which was relocated to take place in Belgrade in Serbia.
The final day in January saw the Elite women’s LPGA gold tour cancelled, which was due to be held on Hainan Island. The following day and the China badminton masters in Hainan was also cancelled but could now take place later in the year.
Asian Champions league matches involving Chinese clubs were the next fixture to be postponed and are expected to take place in April. Hockey pro league matches between Chine and Australia were then postponed the following day, and were set to be hosted in Changzhou.
The 8th of February then saw the Women’s Asia-Pacific gold tournament postponed until later in the year. This was a similar story for the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament. The Chinese Grand prix in Shanghai was the next event to be postponed and dates are being looked at for when this can take place. On the same day, The PGA tour series in China was also postponed and the 2020 campaign was also delayed.
The Singapore and Hong Kong legs of the Rugby sevens series were then postponed on the 13th of February and will now take in October. Just four days later and the Asian weight lighting championships were relocated from Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan, due to the coronavirus.
By the 23rd of February, further events had been cancelled around China and Italy began to be badly affected by the virus. This saw a number of Serie A, B and D matches being postponed. Rugby was then next to be affected with the six nations match between Ireland and Italy next to be postponed. Further matches in the Serie A were also postponed, including the top of the table clash between Juventus and Inter Milan.
Postponed continue to be implemented each day and this is likely to cause major issues later in the year. EURO 2020 and the Olympics have also now followed suit, as sports fans await the return of sports to our TV screens. This has led to a major rise in punters moving to casino games, with many using the latest betfair promotion codes for 2020. These are also likely to prove popular in the latter stages of the year, with coronavirus likely to have been over and sport returning.