The main sporting events postponed or cancelled due to coronavirus

Up to now, more than 3.2 million people have been infected with the coronavirus, nearly 220 000 of whom have died worldwide.

sportFaced with this unprecedented global health crisis, the organisers of major sporting events were left with no other choice but to postpone or cancel the games, competitions, tournaments, etc.

Atlas Magazine takes a look at the main sporting events impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

List of events postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

EventsNatureLocationInitial dateDue dateNotes
Six Nations Tournament
RugbyEurope1 February
14 March 2020
Late October 2020Games suspended after the spread of the virus in Italy
The first four MotoGP Grand Prix of the season
Motorcycle racingQatar, Thailand, America and ArgentinaEarly March 2020Qatar Grand Prix is cancelled, other tournaments are postponed for two months. 
World Indoor Track and Field Championships
AthleticsNanjing, China13 - 15 March 202019 - 21 March 2021 
Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix
MotorsportAustralia, Bahrein, Vietnam, China, Netherlands, SpainFrom 15 March 2020The Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled. For the other countries, the competitions have been postponed.A ticket refund is foreseen
World Championships
Figure SkatingCanada16 - 22 March 2020CancelledCancelled for the second time after the 1961 edition
Tour of Catalonia
CyclingSpain23 - 29 March 2020Unspecified 
BasketballUSA March 2020Planned for June 2020Gameses suspended since 12 March  2020 after the detection of a positive case of COVID-19
Football Championships
(League 1, England, Spain, Italy etc)
FootballEuropeMarch 2020A resumption of matches around mid-June is under consideration.A deferral cost of more than 4.38 billion USD for all Big-Five clubs (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France)
FootballCameroon4 - 25 April 2020Unspecified 
Paris Marathon
MarathonFrance5 April 202018 October 2020No cancellation insurance
Golf Masters
Golf Augusta, USA9 - 12 April 202012 - 15 November 2020First Grand Slam stop
CyclingFrance12 April 20201 June 2020This event has never been postponed or cancelled, except during the two World Wars
Olympic Qualification Tournaments (OQT)
HandballWorld 17 - 19 April 2020UnspecifiedPossibility of cancellation
Le Mans 24 Hours 2020
Motor racingFrance18 - 19 April 20202 9- 30 August 2020 
World Billiards Championship
BillardsEngland18 April - 4 May 2020July - August 2020No cancellation insurance
Boston Marathon
MarathonBoston, USA20 April 2020September 14, 2020Runners registered for the race can be reimbursed. The registration fee is of 205 USD for Americans and 255 USD for international athletes
London Marathon
MarathonEngland26 April 2020October 4, 2020No cancellation insurance
Ice Hockey World Cup
HockeySwitzerland 8 - 24 May 2020CancelledThe International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the Board of Directors have a pandemic coverage
 Tour of Italy The Giro
CyclingItaly9 - 31 May 2020 October 2020 
European Championships
SwimmingBudapest11 - 24 May 202017 - 30 August 2020No pandemic cancellation insurance
Monaco Grand Prix
MotorsportMonaco21- 24 May 2020 Cancelled 
French Open Tournament
TennisFrance24 May - 27 June 202020 September - 4 October 2020No cancellation insurance
UEFA Euro-2020Championnat d'Europe de Football
Football12 cities in 12 European countries12 June – 12 July 202011 June - 11 July 2021 The costs to be paid by the European body are estimated at more than 300 million USD
FootballArgentina and Colombia12 June -12 July 2020 June 11 - 11 July 2021 
The Mediterranean Games Oran 2021
Multi-sport competitionAlgeria25 June - 5 July 2020June 25 to 5 July 2021 
Tour de France 
CyclingFrance27 June - 29 July 202029 August - 20 SeptemberThe postponement of the event reassures cycling teams whose business model is based on sponsorship and visibility
Wimbledon Tournament
TennisUnited Kingdom29 June - 12 July 2020CancelledThe tournament benefits from a pandemic cancellation insurance. The amount of coverage is of 114 million GBP (143.4 million USD)
British Open
GolfEngland16 - 19 July 202011 - 18 July 2021The tournament has a pandemic insurance
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Multi-sport competitionJapan24 July - 9 August 202023 July - 8 August 2021Cancellation insurance underwrote for 24 million USD
The World Athletics Championships
AthleticsEugene, USA6 - 15 August 202115 - 24 July 2022Postponed by one year to make way for the Tokyo Olympic Games
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