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(Reuters) – Major sports events around the world that have been hit by the coronavirus outbreak:

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks past walk past the Olympic rings in front of the Japan Olympics Museum in Tokyo, Japan March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

OLYMPICS

– The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia was held without spectators.

– The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) suspended the remainder of the torch relay through the country to avoid attracting crowds.

OLYMPIC TRIALS

– U.S. Olympic trials for wrestling, originally scheduled for April 4-5 at Penn State University, were postponed.

– U.S. Rowing postponed its Olympic team trials and will not run a national team event for 30 days.

– U.S. Olympic diving trials, scheduled for April 3-5 in Tucson, Arizona, were postponed. All USA Diving events postponed for next 30 days.

NORTH AMERICA

– The NBA has suspended its season.

– The NHL has suspended its season.

– The MLB will delay its 2020 season’s opening day of March 26 by at least two weeks. It said Spring Training camps were also suspended.

SOCCER

– All elite soccer matches in England, including the Premier League, Football League (EFL) and Women’s Super League (WSL), were suspended until April 4.

However, the National League — the fifth-tier of English football — said all its weekend matches would go ahead, including the lower-level Conference North and South divisions.

– The German Football League called off matches scheduled for March 13-15 in the Bundesliga and second-tier Bundesliga 2. They recommended both leagues be suspended until April 2.

– UEFA postponed all Champions League and Europa League matches due to take place next week.

– The Confederation of African Football has postponed two rounds of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for March 25-31.

– CONCACAF suspended all competitions scheduled to take place over the next 30 days, including the Champions League and men’s Olympic qualifiers.

– The Paraguayan FA has suspended all games until March 24 and recommended that clubs stop collective training sessions.

– The Colombian league has suspended all tournaments until further notice.

– The Chilean FA ordered all games due to be played between March 19 and April 19 take place without fans.

– The top two tiers of French football — Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 — have been suspended until further notice.

– All soccer matches in Spain’s top two divisions were postponed for two weeks.

– England’s friendly internationals against Italy and Denmark at Wembley on March 27 and 31 will not take place, while Denmark canceled their March 27 friendly against the Faroe Islands.

– The Norwegian Football Federation said it did not plan to hold Norway’s Euro 2020 playoff match against Serbia that was scheduled for March 26.

– Poland’s soccer league has postponed all games at least until the end of March. The resumption date is expected to be announced next week.

– U.S. Major League Soccer has suspended its season.

– U.S. Soccer’s Open Cup Committee has suspended its 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

– All soccer in the Netherlands was suspended until the end of March. The national team canceled their Euros warm-up matches against the United States (March 26) and Spain (March 29).

– FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation have agreed to postpone Asian World Cup qualifying matches in March and June.

– FIFA said South American qualifying matches between March 23-31 for the 2022 World Cup were postponed.

– Bundesliga: Borussia Moenchengladbach v Cologne (March 11) was played without fans.

– Spain’s Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad (Seville; April 18) was postponed.

– New seasons in the Chinese, Japanese and South Korean leagues were postponed.

– A four-team event in Doha featuring Croatia, Portugal, Belgium and Switzerland (March 26-30) was canceled.

– A friendly between Germany and Italy (Nuremberg; March 31) will take place without fans.

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

– Asian Champions League: Matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG were postponed. The start of the knockout rounds was moved back to September.

– The Brazilian Football Confederation ordered all games due to be played in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to take place without fans until further notice.

– The Uruguayan Football Association said it had suspended all professional games until further notice.

ATHLETICS

– The World Athletics Indoor Championships (Nanjing, March 13-15) were postponed. They will be held in the same city from March 19-21, 2021.

– The Paris and Barcelona marathons were postponed.

– The annual London marathon, due to take place on April 26, was postponed to Oct. 4.

– The race walking team championship scheduled for May 2-3 in Minsk was postponed.

– The CARIFTA Games scheduled for Hamilton, Bermuda on April 10-13 were postponed.

– The Kansas, Mt. SAC and Texas Relays in the United States scheduled for April were canceled.

BADMINTON

– The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has suspended all BWF World Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments from March 16 until April 12.

BASEBALL

– The final qualification tournament in Taiwan for the Olympics was put back from April to June 17-21, while the March 22-26 qualification event in Arizona was postponed here

– Japan’s professional league postponed the start of the season.

BASKETBALL

– Euroleague Basketball suspended all 2019-20 EuroLeague, EuroCup and Euroleague Next Generation Tournament games.

BOXING, MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

– Nevada State Athletic Commission revokes all permits and programs of unarmed combat through March 25.

CRICKET

– The last two games of Australia’s three-match one-day series against New Zealand in Sydney and Hobart were canceled.

– Australia and New Zealand’s limited overs tours were postponed in the wake of new travel restrictions announced by the New Zealand government.

– The start of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, scheduled for March 29, has been postponed until April 15.

– The cricket boards of India and South Africa agreed to reschedule the ongoing three-match one-day international series to a later date. The first match on March 12 was washed out.

– England’s two-match test series in Sri Lanka that was scheduled to start on March 19 has been postponed.

CYCLING

– The final two stages of the UAE Tour were canceled after two Italian participants tested positive.

– The Paris-Nice cycling race ended a day early after the eighth stage into Nice was canceled.

– The Giro d’Italia, scheduled to start in Budapest, Hungary on May 9, has been postponed.

GOLF

– The year’s first major, the Masters, has been postponed from April 9-12 to “some later date”.

– The Players Championship in Florida was canceled after the first round. The next three PGA events have also been scrapped.

– The Honda LPGA Thailand event and the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore were canceled.

– The Indian Open, the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur and the China Open have all been postponed.

GYMNASTICS

– The All-Around World Cup (Stuttgart; March 20-22) was canceled.

HANDBALL

– The International Handball Federation has postponed all competitions in March, April and June.

ICE HOCKEY

– Jokerit Helsinki of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) have withdrawn from the playoffs over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. [L8N2B70RE]

JUDO

– The International Judo Federation canceled all Olympic qualification events until the end of April.

MOTORSPORT

– Formula One canceled the Australian Grand Prix and postponed the next three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China.

They hope to start the season in Europe at the end of May, putting the Dutch and Spanish races currently scheduled for May 3 and 10 in Zandvoort and Barcelona in doubt.

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

– NASCAR races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 15) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (March 22) postponed.

– Round four of the World Rally Championship in Argentina that was scheduled for April 23-26 has been postponed.

– The World Rallycross Championship opener in Catalunya-Barcelona scheduled for April 18-19 has been postponed.

ROWING

– Two World Rowing Cups and the European Olympic Qualification Regatta, all scheduled for Italy, were canceled here

RUGBY

– Four Six Nations matches were postponed.

– The Singapore and Hong Kong legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series were postponed from April to October.

– Rugby Europe announced a suspension of all its matches and tournaments from March 13-April 15.

– France’s rugby federation said on Friday that it was suspending all its competitions.

– The Premiership Rugby Cup final on Sunday (March 15) has been postponed.

– Super Rugby, rugby union club competition in southern hemisphere, is suspending its season after this weekend’s games after New Zealand government announced that returning travellers will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

SAILING

– SailGP has canceled its San Francisco event scheduled for May 2-3.

SPORT SUMMIT

The SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit due to take place in Lausanne, Switzerland, from April 19-24 has been canceled.

SQUASH

– The Professional Squash Association said World Tour and Challenger Tour events taking place up to and including the week commencing April 27 will not take place.

TABLE TENNIS

– The world championships in South Korea were pushed back provisionally from March to June.

TENNIS

– The ATP suspended its professional men’s tennis tour for six weeks after the Miami Open (March 23-April 5) was canceled.

– The Fed Cup finals (Budapest; April 14-19) were postponed.

– The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells was canceled.

– The WTA said its events in Mexico and Colombia in March and April would not be held. The Xi’an Open and Kunming Open had already been canceled.

TRIATHLON

– The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has suspended all activity until April 30 including all events on the World Triathlon and Continental calendars.

WINTER SPORTS

– The International Ski Federation canceled the final races of the men’s Alpine skiing World Cup.

– The World Cup finals in Cortina were canceled along with the last three women’s races in Are.

– The women’s world ice hockey championships in Canada were canceled.

– The speed skating world championships in Seoul have been postponed until at least October.

– The March 16-22 world figure skating championships in Montreal were canceled.

– Curling world championships for men and mixed doubles in Scotland and Canada canceled, joining women’s worlds that were canceled on Thursday.

– Vail Resorts which operates 34 ski areas in 15 U.S. states and three countries closes all operations for at least a week.

– Fans urged to skip finish of famed Iditarod race in Alaska next week.

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar, Rohith Nair, Hardik Vyas and Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, Frank Pingue in Toronto, Robert Muller in Prague and Gene Cherry in Raleigh; Editing by Ken Ferris, Daniel Wallis and Alistair Bell

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Australia announced as ‘preferred candidate’ for Rugby World Cup 2027

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Australia has been announced as the “preferred candidate” for the 2027 Rugby World Cup, virtually guaranteeing the tournament will return Down Under for the first time in 24 years.

The World Rugby Council made the announcement on Wednesday night as part of an approved revision process that the governing body hopes will help unlock the sport’s potential and grow the game’s popularity.

While Australia was awarded the status for the men’s tournament in 2027, England is the “preferred candidate” for the women’s event two years earlier. The United States, meanwhile, is on track to host the 2031 men’s event with World Rugby to continue “exclusive targeted dialogue” with USA Rugby for what would be an historic first event in North America.

A final decision on the 2025 and 2027 events will not be made until May next year, but both England and Australia would have to let their bids disintegrate entirely for them to lose the right to host those tournaments respectively.

“This is a huge step forward in our ambitions to host Rugby World Cup 2027 and for rebooting the game in Australia,” Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan said.

“Throughout this process, we’ve held the genuine belief the time was right to bring the Rugby World Cup back to our shores.

“The team at Rugby Australia have worked hard on this for a number of years and today’s announcement is great reward for those efforts.”

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont heralded the updated decision process as a move to the future.

“The new approach to electing Rugby World Cup hosts is more flexible and collaborative, with World Rugby working with potential hosts to optimise… proposals and align them with long-term social and economic development plans for the benefit of their communities and the future expansion of the sport,” he said.

Australia last hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2003 when Eddie Jones’ Wallabies were defeated by England in a dramatic final at Stadium Australia, fly-half Jonny Wilkinson kicking a drop goal in extra time to secure the win.

Matches were taken all over Australia while fans from across the world flooded Down Under for what was a memorable event.

And 2027 may be the most competitive tournament yet after World Rugby also updated its rules around international eligibility, allowing players to switch allegiance once in their careers after a three-year stand down period and only if they have a close and credible link to their nation of birth.

“We welcome the endorsement of World Rugby Council today – we are appreciative of their support for our bid and the trust they have shown in endorsing Australia to move forward with World Rugby on an exclusive basis to finalise the delivery model,” Rugby Australia chief executive Andy Marinos said.

“We now have the opportunity over the coming months to work with our colleagues at World Rugby to develop the optimal model for delivering Rugby World Cup 2027 in a way which will help foster the continued growth of the game not only in Australia, but in our region and globally.

“Today’s announcement is a testament to the incredible work of a lot of people at Rugby Australia over the last three years, since the organisation first set its sights on hosting the tournament again.

“The hosting of the third-biggest global sporting event will not only reposition Australia on the sporting map and deliver a boost to our economy but provide us with an opportunity to showcase once again our magnificent country.”

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Shujaa loses to Great Britain to finish sixth in Dubai

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The national rugby sevens team Shujaa collected a total of 12 points from the second round of the World Rugby sevens series in Dubai after losing 10-5 to Great Britain in a fifth place play off.

Kenya had earlier avenged their group loss after beating USA 29-0 in the fifth place semi final.

Jeff Oluoch, Johnstone Olindi, Alvin Otieno and a brace of tries from Antony Omondi gave Shujaa the resounding win against USA.

Against Great Britain Kenya began brightly as Jeff Oluoch handed them the lead with a fourth minute try, however Britain got their groove back with Robbie Ferguson scoring  two tries in succession to aid his side to the 10-5 win.

Following the loss Kenya has now amassed a total of 22 points from the opening two rounds in Dubai after finishing 8th at last weekend’s leg.

South Africa won the main Cup final after beating Australia 10-7 to win back to back Dubai’s sevens title after their triumph last weekend. Argentina beat France 38-21 to finish third.

Action moves to the third and fourth legs which will be held in Spain’s Malaga and Seville cities in January 2022.

 



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Tennessee rugby wins 2021 national championship

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No. 1 Tennessee defeated Bowling Green, 36-31, in the 2021 Fall Division-I Collegiate Club Rugby Championship on Saturday at Sportsplex at Matthews in Matthews, North Carolina.

Tennessee led 31-19 at halftime. Greg Janowick scored three times in the first 18 minutes of the first half, helping Tennessee open a 24-0 lead.

Austin White scored first for Tennessee in the second half.

The Vols (11-0) finished the 2021 season undefeated and outscored its opponents, 373-127. Tennessee recorded three shutouts this season.

Tennessee’s 2021 rugby schedule

  • Sept. 4 at Ohio State (W, 30-23)
  • Sept. 5 at Cincinnati (W, 22-0)
  • Sept. 18 at Kennesaw State (forfeit awarded to UT)
  • Oct. 2 vs. Kentucky (W, 22-15)
  • Oct. 16 vs. Clemson (W, 41-25)
  • Oct. 22 at Alabama (W, 51-0)
  • Oct. 30 at South Carolina (W, 45-0)
  • Nov. 6 vs. Georgia (W, 67-7)
  • Nov. 13 vs. Georgia (W, 33-9) *SCRC semifinal
  • Nov. 20 vs. Clemson (W, 26-17) *SCRC championship
  • Dec. 4 vs. Bowling Green (W, 36-31 ) *Division-I Collegiate Club Rugby Championship



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