On a daily basis, we will update from around the sporting world on what is happening to events that have always held an important part in our calendars of life. There will be negatives in terms of events lost but also positives as dates are set for a resumption at a point in the future and then, in time, a return to normality.
French Open Tennis Postponed
The French Open tennis at Roland Garros in Paris was due to have been played between May 24th and June 7th but has now been set a new schedule running from September 20th to October 4th.
This is one week after the scheduled dates for the US Open in New York and will cut across the Ryder Cup which is still scheduled to take place in Wisconsin from September 25th to 27th.
Authorities at the All England Lawn Tennis Club said yesterday that the Wimbledon Championships due to run from June 29th to July 12th would still go ahead but that the situation was continuously evolving.
Grand National Cancelled
The Randox Health sponsored Grand National at Aintree has been cancelled as part of British horse racing stopping operations from today.
Authorities are offering full refunds on tickets but also a transfer to the 2021 race to be held on 10th April 2021.
US PGA Cancelled
The US PGA has become the second of Golf’s Majors on the Men’s circuit to be postponed. Due to be held in San Francisco between the 11th and 17th May, it is hoped to find a date to play the tournament at a point later in the summer.
Olympics Still Insisting It Will Go Ahead
Japanese authorities are maintaining their stance that the Olympic Games will go ahead starting on July 24th. Qualification events around the world though are falling like dominoes and it was confirmed yesterday that one of the Vice Presidents of the local organising Committee has contracted the virus.
Basketball Scheduled to Return in China
The China Basketball Association has announced that it will resume action in its professional leagues during the first week of April.
It has called on star players from around the world to return or face suspension though with travel bans coming into effect across Europe and the United States that is likely to be met with a shrug of the shoulders.
The games are scheduled to be played behind closed doors and are likely to be the first live sport to resume. The number of cases in China is reported to be dropping significantly and this must hold out hope of when our own horizon will become clearer.