When will each sport return after the coronavirus pandemic?
The International Sport Day moves indoors, with a plea to stay active during self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic that is affecting the world.
On 6 April everyone usually celebrates the International Day of Sport but this year will forever be remembered because of the coronavirus pandemic as athletes remains in self-isolation and all sporting events are postponed.
Health comes first and for now we have to wait until sport returns once this pandemic is over.
UEFA confirmed that all competitions under their remit will be postponed until further notice. The Euros were going to be held this summer but have been rescheduled for 2021. The Champions League and Europa League are expected to continue around June-July. Only Belarus decided not to suspend their league amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On the other side of the world, the Copa America that was going to be held this summer in Paraguay was postponed until further notice. Major League Soccer is also deciding what day they can return to continue their tournament as well as Liga MX in Mexico. All the major leagues in South America have concluded so they don’t appear to have a scheduling conflict.
Major League Baseball decided to postpone the beginning of their season until further notice. The baseball league in Japan is expected to return at the end of April and the Mexican baseball league is planning to return as early as 11 May.
The National Football League is one of the few sports that has not been affected by the coronavirus pandemic because they are currently in off-season. The league doesn't start until 5 September and that should happen with no problems.
The only event in the NFL that might be affected by the pandemic is the 2020 draft that's scheduled at the end of April in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year as there are special circumstances it might be done virtually.
On the other hand, the Mexican Football League had barely started their season but had to be postponed because Mexico is entering phase 3 of the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Basketball League was in mid-season when they decided to suspend it due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was taken when Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for Covid-19 a day after being irresponsible regarding the virus and he licked the microphones on the table of the press conference.
The Olympic Games were going to be held this summer in Tokyo but the committee decided to postpone them until next year due to the pandemic. This event already has a new date scheduled and should start on 23 July 2021.
The ATP and the WTA suspended all masters and Grand Slams and are set to return on 13 July 13 2020. They also announced that Wimbledon would be cancelled this year as well as the Indian Wells masters amongst others.
Formula 1 decided to postpone all the races until further notice and they have officially cancelled the GP of China, Australia, Bahrain and Monaco. The decision was taken after a team member from McLaren tested positive for Covid-19.
Nascar decided to postpone all races until 3 May of this year and instead started the season by doing virtual races like many other sports have done during this pandemic.
NHL decided to postpone all activities until further notice and it is one of the few leagues that has not had anyone test positive for Covid-19, according to the commissioner Gary Betmann.