The French Open tennis tournament has been postponed until Sept 20-Oct 4 amid the coronavirus outbreak, the organisers of the Grand Slam event said on Tuesday. The first major tournament to be hit by the spread of the coronavirus was initially scheduled to be played from May 24-June 7.
“In order to guarantee the health and safety of all those involved in the preparation of the tournament, the French Tennis Federation decided to organise the 2020 edition of Roland-Garros from 20 September to 4 October 2020,” the French tennis federation said in a statement. “While no one today can predict what the health situation will be like on May 18 (when qualifications were due to start), the lockdown make it impossible to organise it on the dates planned.”
Meanwhile, Wimbledon officials said in a statement that they will ‘continue to plan for the Championship and the grass court season’.
Athletics meet hit
The Diamond League has postponed its first three athletics meetings of the 2020 season due to be held in April and May in Qatar and China because of the coronavirus outbreak, it said on Tuesday.
The announcement came after Qatar banned inbound passenger flights and prevented the entry of foreign nationals on Sunday, making the Diamond League the latest high-profile competition to postpone events as the pandemic shuts down world sport.
“Due to the growing number of countries affected by the COVID-19 virus, the first three meetings of the 2020 Diamond League season, scheduled for April 17 in Qatar, May 9 and 16 in China, cannot be held as planned,” it said in a statement.
“The current plan is to stage the Shanghai event on August 13. New dates for Doha and the second meeting in China remain to be announced,” the Diamond League said.
The final memorial service for the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Liverpool Football Club announced on Tuesday.
Britain’s worst sporting tragedy, at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield on April 15, 1989, had an eventual death toll of 96.
Bayern cancel training
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich cancelled a training session on Tuesday, while second-placed Borussia Dortmund sent their first-team players home for a week.
After the German government closed non-essential shops and urged the public to stay at home, Dortmund suspended training for a week.
British racing suspended
British horse racing will be suspended until the end of April because of the spread of coronavirus, the British Horseracing Authority said.
CAB shuts office
The Cricket Association of Bengal on Tuesday closed its office for five days and the employees were asked to work from home.
In their general advisory, CAB secretary Debabrata Das said: “It is for restricting the people movement in office. Therefore, the office of the Association will remain closed from Tuesday to Saturday as a precautionary measure.”