The worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of daily life, including the sports industry. Many major sporting events are being postponed or even canceled in an effort to protect players, coaches, and fans. These are some of the events that have been canceled in the sporting world due to the coronavirus.
Originally slated to take place on May 24, 2020, the Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled for August 23, 2020.
The famed Tour de France is scheduled to occur June 27, 2020, to July 19, 2020, but organizers are debating on whether or not to allow fans to attend.
The Grand National will be going digital, with forty of the top runners participating in a virtual race on April 4, 2020. CGI technology will allow fans in the United Kingdom to watch this unique race from their homes on television.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has postponed all events until at least May 28, 2020. They are considering running events without fans or setting up coronavirus checkpoints at events to keep fans and players safe.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has canceled all qualifying events until at least June 30, 2020. They have made available previous matches and other highlights on its social media pages for fans to view.
The women’s Evian Championship was originally set to begin on July 23, 2020, but has been moved to August 6-9, 2020.
Since the NCAA had to cancel the Division I men’s basketball tournament, NCAA schools will receive less money next year, going from $375 million down to $225 million.
The 2020 WNBA Draft will still take place on April 17, 2020, but without any fans, players, or media in attendance.
The 2020 NFL Draft will still be held from April 23-25, 2020, but without any fans, players, or media present.
Other Notable Impacts
Six boxers and coaches tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifier in London. Diamond League Meetings scheduled for May have been postponed indefinitely.