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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.

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.