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Major Sporting Events That COVID-19 Affected

December 30, 2020

So, as we inch a day closer to the end of 2020 and ready ourselves to step into a new year, we expect that the coming year would bring us good news and relieve us of this 2020 blues.

Even though a vaccine against COVID-19 is yet to be confirmed, people across the world, however, are hopeful that by mid-2021 the world would return to normalcy.

People are hopeful that no new strain of coronavirus will emerge to swipe the world.

Well, that's a futuristic "hope" and we can't say anything concrete about it.

The coronavirus outbreak brought the world to a grinding halt and a lot of major events from various fields were cancelled.

Let's take a look back at some of the major sporting events that were affected an eventually cancelled or rescheduled.

Tokyo Olympics

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was originally scheduled for July 24 to August 9, 2020, however, it was postponed after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel it.

The IOC came under immense pressure from athletes, national Olympic bodies and sports federations, who urged it to cancel the mega sporting extravaganza.

The event will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

Men's T20 World Cup

The mega cricketing tournament was due to take place in Australia this year from October, which was cancelled due to the virus outbreak.

However, the windows for the next three ICC men's events were out in order to bring clarity to the calendar.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 will be held October – November 2021 with the final on November 14, 2021.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 will be held October – November 2022 with the final on November 13, 2022.

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held October – November 2023 with the final on November 16, 2023.

Wimbledon and other tennis events

For the first time since World War II, Wimbledon was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The competition was due to take place between June 28 and July 11.

Apart from Wimbledon, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells was also cancelled due to the pandemic.

The Xi'an Open, which was scheduled for April 13 to 19, and Kunming Open, scheduled from April 27 to May 3, were also cancelled.

Both of these events were to take place in China- the epicentre of coronavirus.

Euro 2020, Copa America

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two major footballing events- Euro 2020 and Copa America were cancelled this year.

The competition was scheduled from June 12 to July 12. It will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.

The Copa America was postponed till 2021 and it will take place from June 12 to July 12 in Colombia and Argentina.


The 2021 World Athletics Championships was one of the major sporting events that had to be postponed till 2022 to accommodate the re-arranged Tokyo Olympics.

It was scheduled to take place in Eugene, Oregon, from August 6 to August 15, 2021. However, as the Tokyo Olympics will now be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021, it won't be possible to hold the athletics championships on its scheduled dates.


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