With coronavirus spreading across the globe, sports events, tournaments and leagues have been postponed or cancelled en masse.
On Friday, the Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 followed the example of LaLiga and Serie A by suspending fixtures, while golf’s Masters tournament in the United States was also postponed.
The Giro d’Italia is awaiting a new date, while the NBA, NHL and MLB seasons have all been put on hold.
Planned Six Nations fixtures have also been postponed, including Saturday’s clash between Wales and Scotland in Cardiff, while England’s tour of Sri Lanka and South Africa’s tour of India have been scrapped.
However, despite the upheaval, some events are still set to take place.
The Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 13, 2020
While most of the major leagues across the globe have been suspended, some are carrying on, though often with mitigating circumstances such as playing behind closed doors.
In Argentina, both the Superliga and Primera A competitions are scheduled to continue, while matches in Australia’s A-League are also set to take place. Liga MX remains, and the Russian Premier League is likewise going ahead.
Though Leeds Rhinos’ meeting with Catalans Dragons has been postponed, the rest of the Super League fixtures this weekend will be played, as will the Challenge Cup matches, with fans allowed to attend.
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Tonight’s game will go ahead as planned!
— Wakefield Trinity (@WTrinityRL) March 13, 2020
In Australia, the first round of NRL fixtures will take place, though the second round will be held behind closed doors, based upon government advice.
The Indian Premier League start date has been pushed back two weeks until mid-April, but the Pakistan Super League has been given the all clear to continue – although a number of players have pulled out, leaving a reduced schedule.
Four matches this weekend precede a pair of semi-finals next week.
There are question marks over Sunday’s behind-closed-doors ODI between New Zealand and Australia in Sydney, however, as Black Caps pace bowler Lockie Ferguson is in isolation after complaining of a sore throat.
Due to government requirements in Argentina and coronavirus measures, the Jaguares versus Highlanders match on 14 March in Buenos Aires will take place but will be closed to spectators. It will be broadcast.
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Wales-Scotland, scheduled for Saturday, was the last of the three planned Six Nations games for this weekend to fall through. The Pro14 and all French rugby union fixtures have also been halted, and Sunday’s Premiership Rugby Cup final between Sale Sharks and Harlequins belatedly joined the mass cull of fixtures.
There are six Super Rugby matches to look forward to across the course of the weekend, however, despite the Australian government advising against non-essential gatherings.
Meanwhile, the RFU Championship fixture list has also been largely unaffected, the weekend’s action starting with Newcastle Falcons’ home match against Bedford Blues on Friday.
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