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Sports events in the world hit by the widespread of coronavirus (part 2)

FOOTBALL

* Bundesliga: Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Cologne took place on March 11 without fans. SC Freiburg vs. RB Leipzig and Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Dortmund were also played in empty stadiums both on March 14.

* Ligue 1: PSG vs. RC Strasbourg was postponed. All Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches until April 15 are going to be played without fans.

* The Copa del Rey final of Spain between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao planned for April 18 in Seville was postponed.

* New seasons in the Chinese, South Korean, and Japanese professional leagues have all been postponed.

* The first two qualifying games of Brazil for the 2022 FIFA World Cup – against Bolivia (on March 27) and Peru (on March 31) – have been postponed.

* A four-team international event in Doha, including Portugal, Croatia, Switzerland, and Belgium from March 26 to 30 has been canceled.

* An international friendly between Italy and Germany (on March 31) in Nuremberg will be played without fans.

* Tickets are not being sold for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying playoff semi-finals between Bosnia and Northern Ireland and Bulgaria and Hungary.

* Asian Champions League: Matches featuring Chinese clubs Shanghai Shenhua, Shanghai SIPG, and Guangzhou Evergrande have been postponed. The knockout rounds were moved back to start in September.

BASKETBALL

* Euroleague Basketball has suspended all 2019-2020 EuroCup, EuroLeague, and Euroleague Next Generation Tournament games till further notice.

FORMULA ONE

* The Bahrain Grand Prix will take place on March 22 without fans.

* The McLaren Racing team withdrew from the Australian Grand Prix after a member tested positive and the race has been called off.

MOTORCYCLING

* Four rounds of the MotoGP season in Thailand, Qatar, Argentina, and Texas will not go ahead as planned.

MOTOR RACING

* NASCAR races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (on March 15) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (on March 22) will be held without spectators.

Sports events in the world hit by the widespread of coronavirus (part 1)

Here is a list of international sports events hit by the widespread of the new coronavirus.

ATHLETICS

* The World Athletics Indoor Championships, planned to take place from March 13-15, were postponed until next year.

* A mixed relay Olympic triathlon qualification event that was planned to be held within Chengdu in China in May was moved to Valencia in Spain, according to the International Triathlon Union.

* Three Asian Cup events, two in China and one in Taiwan, scheduled for March and April are also postponed.

RUGBY

* Irish Rugby Union has postponed the country’s Six Nations fixture against Italy, scheduled to happen in Dublin on March 7, due to the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy.

FOOTBALL

* According to Italy’s football league, six Italian Serie A matches which had been scheduled from Feb. 29 to March 1, including the clash between Inter Milan and Juventus, have been postponed to May 13.

The Coppa Italia final, thanks to being played May 13, was moved to May 20.

The government extended a ban on supporters at matches in three regions but lifted it within the Piedmont region, home to titleholders Juventus.

* Swiss football league has been placed on hold until a minimum of March 23 after the clubs rejected the likelihood of playing matches behind closed doors.

* China’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Maldives reception and Guam away in March are going to be moved to Buriram, Thailand. The games are going to be played behind closed doors.

* The Chinese Football Association said domestic games in the least levels would be postponed.

* South Korea’s professional football league has postponed the beginning of its new season. In addition, the league asked its four teams within the AFC Champions League to play games behind closed doors.

* Japan’s J League postponed seven Levian Cup matches, which were scheduled for Feb. 26, and all domestic games until the first half of March.

F1 and Formula E races cancelled due to Coronavirus

Sporting events are cancelled or postponed as a result of Covid-19.

Coronavirus disease 2019 – COVID-19 to its friends – hasn’t racked up a bodycount just like the influenza epidemic of 1918, but during this much more globalized world, it’s still causing quite degree of havoc. There are now more than 71,000 confirmed cases that have been reported thus far, and fears of that number growing have resulted in the postponement or cancellation of huge public events both in China and many other countries. Last week we learned that Mobile World Congress, an annual tradeshow in Spain, won’t happen in 2020 – now we will start adding auto shows thereto list.

On Monday, it is confirmed that the Beijing auto show, which was scheduled for April of this year, will also be postponed until the coronavirus crisis is over. Consistent with Autocar, rumors that the show would be cancelled or postponed had been circulating for every week, with no official response so far.

Last week, the promoters of the Chinese Grand Prix – a Formula One race scheduled to be held in Shanghai on April 19 – successfully petitioned the sport’s organizing body FIA and Formula One to postpone the event until an as-yet-undecided date toward the top of the 2020 Formula One season. Although there’s no official word on the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, set for April 5, some within the sport are concerned about attending that race in Asia also.

Similarly, the Chinese round of the Formula E series will not happen as planned in Sanya on March 21 – like the Chinese Grand Prix, it seems the plan is to reschedule the race, but nobody is making concrete plans while the epidemic still rages. Choosing new dates might prove tricky for both series. Formula One’s calendar for 2020 is the busiest since it began in 1950, with 22 races scheduled to be held between March 15 and November 29. Formula E could also be in a good tougher spot – its calendar ends with a pair of races in London on July 25 and 26, although the series has mooted the thought of creating the NY ePrix – planned for earlier in July – into a double-header also.

Five New Sports Set To Come to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (part 2)

Sport Climbing

Sport climbing might be a discipline within hiking. Within the 2020 Summer Olympics Games, athletes will be climbing on artificial climbing walls. There are three formats that will be run, including bouldering, speed climbing, and lead climbing.

Bouldering might be a more technical discipline within hiking involving climbing walls without the utilization of ropes or free climbing up short sections of rock. =

Speed climbing will see athletes go head-to-head and try to climb a 15m wall faster than their opponents.

Lead climbing means athletes will climb a delegated route on a climbing wall meanwhile attached to ropes. Athletes will achieve a podium spot either by reaching a better point than their opponents before falling or by climbing to the highest of the course within the fastest time.

Skateboarding

In an attempt to remain the Olympics relevant for the millennial generation, skateboarding might be a new sport that will be added to the 2020 games. Skateboarding involves making dynamic moves on a wooden board with two pairs of wheels thereon.

There will be two disciplines of skateboarding within the 2020 Olympics Games, Park and Street.

Park means skating on a series of ramps, including half pipes, quarter pipes, and bowls.

Street involves skating on a course containing reproductions of obstacles that are naturally found within the urban environment such as handrails, stair sets, benches, and boxes.

Surfing

Like skateboarding and sport climbing, surfing has been added to the 2020 Olympics Games in an effort to offer the game greater exposure to surfing novices and help keep the Olympics relevant within the era.

Despite several new wave pools opening across the earth over the recent years, the competition will involve surfers riding a true wave at Shidshita beach, which is about 40 miles outside of Tokyo. There will be both men’s and women’s categories. Since the competition will depend on there actually being a surf-able wave, there will be a 16 waiting period in order to permit for the simplest conditions possible.

Five New Sports Set To Come to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (part 1)

Although the holiday season is over, TV has some new gifts that you’ll never want to return. Settle certain 12 months of fan-favorite stars such as Fran Drescher and Edie Falco, inspiring physical feats such as the Olympics, new streaming services, as well as another must-see season of Outlander.

Adding new sports to the Olympics helps promote interest among younger viewers. Here are the five making their debut or comeback in 2020.

Baseball/Softball

The popularity of baseball in Japan has undoubtedly played a neighborhood in ushering this sport into the 2020 Olympics. The overall consensus asserts that baseball derives from Rounders – another bat and ball sport that was popular in Great Britain and Ireland within the 18th century.

A game of baseball is played between two teams, each composed of nine players, who alternate playing offense and defense. The team playing offense bats and so the team playing defense pitches and fields.

A standard game consists of nine innings. The goal of the sport is to attain more points within the sort of runs than the opposite team. A run is constituted by literally running from base to base, with the target being to finish a trip by reaching all four bases. A player may only run when the ball is hit ahead of the foul lines which sit at 45-degree angles to the batter’s home base.

Softball may be a variant of baseball and can be played by women at the 2020 Olympics. the most differences between the 2 are that in softball the ball is larger, the parameters of the sector are smaller, and therefore the pitchers throws the ball underhand rather than overhand.

Karate

It is rather surprising that karate is merely making its debut within the Olympics in 2020, considering that a lot of other martial arts like judo, boxing, wrestling, and tae kwon do are within the Olympics for many years.

Karate may be mixed self-defense within the incontrovertible fact that it includes a mess of moves like punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques like knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes.

There are two disciplines of karate that will feature at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Kumite is that the sparring discipline and can have three weight classes each for men and ladies. Kata is the form of discipline and can have one event each for men and ladies. There’ll only be three weight categories as against the standard five employed by the planet Karate Federation.

The biggest prize on offer this year: the EURO trophy

The Henri Delaunay Cup, the UEFA EURO 2020 trophy, is the biggest prize on offer in 2020.

One lucky captain will enjoy a career-defining moment when they hoist aloft the Henri Delaunay Cup at Wembley on 12 July 2020.

Spain’s captain Iker Casillas had the pleasure of becoming the first to lift the trophy’s updated version in June 2008, with the new silverware a fitting replacement for the prize which had been synonymized with the UEFA European Championship.

The trophy’s second version is based on the original that was designed by the Arthus-Bertrand company in 1960. It is named after Henri Delaunay, who is former president of the French Football Federation and the first general secretary of UEFA, from its founding on 15 June 1954 to 9 November 1955.

It is 2kg heavier and 18cm higher than the original version, has retained its historical name, and was made of sterling silver. The trophy was reincarnated in order to reflect the size and scale of Europe’s most prestigious international tournament.

The responsibility for creating the original silverware went to Pierre Delaunay, son of Henri, the visionary behind the competition. Henri died in 1955 without having seen his idea come to fruition. However, the updated prize is testament to his legacy, maintaining its original style.

Minor differences between the updated and original versions include the silver base being enlarged in order to make it stable. Additional, the names of the winning countries having appeared on the plinth have been engraved on the back of the trophy. It weighs 8kg and is 60cm tall.

Unlike the original version, which was made by Chobillon goldsmith and was then bought by Arthus-Bertrand in Paris, the making of the modern one was entrusted to Asprey London.

Asprey, renowned silversmiths, jewellers and goldsmiths, have a long history of trophy-making stretching back to the America’s Cup, which their sister company Garrard produced in 1848. UEFA wanted to improve on the quality but also the scale of the trophy, in order to have a focal point for the event – it was felt the original trophy was too small to do this.

2020 Olympic organizers announce course for Sapporo marathons

The organizers have announced the course for the men’s and women’s marathon competitions in Sapporo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last Thursday.

Toshiro Muto, CEO of the host committee, said at a news conference in Tokyo on Dec 19 that the International Olympic Committee, World Athletics and Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympics and Paralympics had agreed on it that morning.

The decision was made after officials of the IOC and World Athletics, the sport’s global governing body (formerly known as the International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF), had held an inspection in Sapporo last Saturday.

The races will start and finish at Sapporo Odori Park, which is located in the center of Sapporo. The course consists of an approximately 20-km loop and the majority of it is used for the Hokkaido Marathon, which is held every August. After the athletes go around it once, they will then circle a route of roughly 10 km, using the northern part of the 20-km loop.

The competitors will run by or even through some of the city’s scenic sites, such as the nationally famous Susukino entertainment district, Nakajima Park, the Hokkaido University campus and former Hokkaido Government Office Building, which is nicknamed “Red Brick Office.”

The organizing committee said that it would hold an official measurement of the course and more details of the course would be revealed after it.

Since the IOC decided to move the marathon and race walk competitions from Tokyo to the capital of Hokkaido to avoid the intense summer heat of the nation’s capital during the July 24-Aug. 9 games in late October, the aforementioned governing bodies had discussed the course.

The focal point was the last half of the races. But according to the organizing committee, many main roads of the city would have to be occupied with the World Athletics idea.

World Athletics had originally proposed six laps for a 7-km loop, while the host committee had offered a plan of two laps for a 20-km route to cover the 42.195 km race. Muto said that the committee made a concession in the second half of the course.

Yasuo Mori, deputy executive director of the organizing committee, admitted that it is not easy to set up a marathon course. But he added that the marathon competitions at the Tokyo Olympics would be held in a “good, compact course” going through some picturesque sites in the northern city.

The men’s marathon will begin at 7 a.m. on the final day of the Games while the women’s race will start at the same time a day earlier.

U22 Indonesia to face U22 Vietnam in SEA Games 30 final

Two-time gold medalist U22 Indonesia will play a Vietnam side that is chasing their first gold in SEA Games – the Southeast Asian Games event – in next Tuesday’s final.

But Indonesia were given a big scare by a Myanmar side after both two teams were tied 2-2 in normal time. After the first half without any score, the goals rained in the second half when Evan Dimas struck the opening the goal in the 58th minute and then the Young Garudas doubled their goal through Egy Maulana in the 71st minute.

Then Velizar Popov’s side showed an incredible comeback and were back on level pegging within a space of just 2 minutes. Before Win Naing Tun sent the match into the 80th minute of the extra time, Aung Kaung Mann halved the deficit in just a minute earlier.

Indra Sjafri’s team managed to recover from that knock as Osvaldo Hay (102′) and Dimas (113′) scored the important goals in order to secure a 4-2 win that sent Myanmar packing out of the competition.

In the other semi-final played on Saturday afternoon, Vietnam confirmed their superiority over Cambodia with a comprehensive 4-0 win. Cambodia boys who had advanced to the semi-final at the expense of Malaysia, found the Golden Dragons too hot for them to handle.

Nguyen Tien Linh opened the win in the 20th minute before it turned into a Ha Duc Chinh show when the latter served up a hattrick so much to the delight of their Coach Park Hang-seo. This is the first time Vietnam has reached the gold medal match since the 2009 competition when they lost to Malaysia in the final.

Vietnam and Indonesia had already met each other once in the competition as both the two teams came from Group B with Vietnam’s winning that first encounter 2-1.

Qatar marks three-year countdown to FIFa World Cup 2022

Qatar has marked the three-year countdown to hosting the 2020 FIFA World Cup with a new series intended to highlight the country’s football culture.

The photo series features personal stories by more than 30 people – a mix of Qataris and foreign residents – who were each given a disposable camera by Goal Click, the global football storytelling and photography project, to capture the role of football in their lives.

The photos and stories show the intimate realities of Qatari football culture from the perspective of workers, fans, journalists, coaches, and both amateur and professional players.

Goal Click has run similar programmes in more than 120 countries, including Iraq, Sierra Leone and Brazil.

Preparations ramp up

Earlier this week, Qatar signed an agreement with MSC Cruises to charter two cruise liners to accommodate fans during the 2020 FIFA World Cup.

The vessels have a combined capacity of 4,000 cabins and will act as floating hotels during the competition.

Qatar’s Minister for Communications and Transport Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti said significant progress had been made in the country’s preparations for the month-long tournament, which will kick-off on November 21, 2022.

Al Sulaiti said development had been completed on the Doha Port “to accommodate multiple large passenger ships and enable the port’s capacity to receive the largest cruise ships in the world”.

Under the terms of the agreement, Qatar will charter the MSC Europa and MSC Poesia. The former is currently under construction in France and scheduled for delivery in 2022.

The MSC Europa is set to be the first ship in the MSC Cruises’ fleet to run on Liquid Natural Gas, reducing the carbon footprint of the vessel.

The cruise ships will be served by shuttle buses, which will take fans to metro stops connected to stadiums, fan zones and other attractions.

In addition to the floating hotels, fans attending the tournament will have the option of staying at apartments, fan villages and regular hotels.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Roundup: Defeat for Thailand and UAE as Vietnam climb to the top of Group G

It was an entertaining fifth match-day in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday as Iraq and Saudi Arabia produced late dramas while Australia, Syria, and Japan made it four wins out of four in their qualification campaigns. 

Iraq condemned IR Iran to their second straight defeat with a winner at the death while Herve Renard’s Saudi scored two goals in the final five minutes to overcome Uzbekistan. While Australia and Japan maintained their perfect record, Syria’s fourth win at the expense of China PR has led to the resignation of Marcello Lippi.

Here, we take a comprehensive look at all the results from November 14’s 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers second round ties held across eight groups in Asia.

Group A – China’s defeat to Syria ends in Marcello Lippi resignation

China PR head coach Marcello Lippi has resigned after a 2-1 defeat to Syria at the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. Osama Omari had scored in the 19th minute to give the Assyrians the lead, but Espanyol forward Wu Lei had leveled the score before half time. However, a Zhang Linpeng own goal in the second half led to a defeat for China and a resignation from a furious Lippi at the post-match press conference. Meanwhile, the Philippines, who had led to the Italian’s downfall by holding China to a goalless draw last month, continued their good run with a 2-1 win over the Maldives. The Azkals now have seven points, the same as China, and sit third while Syria tops the group with 12 points.

Group G – Defeat for Thailand and UAE as Vietnam climb to the top

Vietnam is now group leader in Group G after they defeated a 10-man United Arab Emirates 1-0 at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi. A spectacular strike from Nguyen Tien Linh in the first half was the winner against UAE who played close to an hour with a man less. Meanwhile, Thailand, who had begun the day at the top, slipped to second after a 2-1 defeat to ASEAN rivals Malaysia. Chanathip Songkrasin had given Akira Nishino’s side an early lead, but Brendan Gan scored and assisted goals as an impressive Harimau Malaya recorded their second win of the campaign. Malaysia and UAE now have six points each while Thailand is the second with seven and Vietnam top with 10.