Latest News: Australia cancels track championships for 2020


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Athletics Australia has canceled its 2020 National Track & Field Championships in an effort to assist "smooth the curve" of the coronavirus pandemic.

The resolution comes a day after the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 and after the postponement of the Australian championships.

Athletics Australia CEO Darren Gocher hopes this cancellation will give athletes some certainty and, mixed with the postponement of the 12-month Olympics, "means that our athletes now have a new goal to achieve."

The Australian authorities has imposed strict journey bans and is urging folks to remain at house. Bars, cafes, cinemas and eating places have been closed and social occasions are restricted. Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that not more than 5 folks ought to attend weddings – together with the couple who’re getting married – and not more than 10 folks ought to attend funerals.


Brazilian tennis participant Thiago Seyboth Wild stated on Tuesday that he has coronavirus and is recovering.

Seyboth Wild, 20, ranked # 114, stated on Twitter that he was taking good care of himself and following the physician's directions.

Seyboth Wild lately gained his first title on the Santiago Open earlier this month, beating second-seeded Casper Ruud 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Seyboth Wild final performed the Davis Cup match for Brazil in opposition to Australia on March 7 in Adelaide. He misplaced to John Millman, 4-6, 7-6 (0), 6-2.


North Carolina star freshman Cole Anthony stated he was delaying any announcement concerning his entry into the NBA draft amid the unfold of the coronavirus.

In a social media article on Tuesday, Anthony stated his household knew folks from his hometown of New York who had been hospitalized and one who had died. Anthony says he "is trying to figure out how I can help during this crisis".

Considered a possible prospect, Anthony averaged 18.5 factors for the Tar Heels, though he missed 11 video games as a consequence of knee surgical procedure and the UNC handed. from 14 to 19.


Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola have donated 1 million euros ($ 1 million) every to assist struggle the unfold of the coronavirus.

Guardiola donated to the Barcelona Medical College, which stated on Twitter that the cash can be used to purchase medical provides to deal with coronavirus sufferers within the Spanish metropolis. Guardiola is from Catalonia and a former coach from Barcelona.

Messi's donation might be cut up between the Barcelona hospital clinic and efforts in his native Argentina, in accordance with the Spanish newspaper AS.

The hospital clinic stated the donation will go in the direction of treating sufferers in addition to discovering a remedy for COVID-19.

Spain is among the nations most affected by the pandemic, with greater than 2,600 deaths attributed to the virus.


The NHL extends its advice to gamers and employees to isolate themselves and steer clear of workforce coaching services till no less than April 6.

Several folks conversant in the replace say the NHL has beneficial that gamers and employees lengthen their auto quarantine by 10 days past the preliminary schedule of March 27, additional extending the earliest date for the reopening of the ability. the workforce. People spoke to the Associated Press on situation of anonymity on Tuesday as a result of the NHL had not formally introduced the protocol change.

In the previous two days, the league has held teleconferences with its board of governors and chief government officers to replace them and reply questions concerning the present scenario. We nonetheless don't know when the NHL may resume its season. Commissioner Gary Bettman lately stated it will be a choice made with well being officers and that the league is engaged on completely different eventualities on what a possible return to play would possibly appear like.

– Report from hockey writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow


For American water polo gamers Maggie Steffens and Kaleigh Gilchrist, the choice to postpone the Tokyo Olympics made excellent sense.

Steffens says the team-based strategy to this system made it simpler for him to handle the advert.

"We are only a very, very small part not only of the water polo community, but of the United States team and then the largest team that is affected by it all, which is the world, "she instructed the AP. "So at the end of the day, the health and safety of our world is priority number one and therefore because of this, I fully respect and understand this decision."

American ladies presently maintain all main sports activities titles. They are aiming for their third consecutive Olympic gold medal.

But, like so many different Olympic athletes, their coaching was disrupted by the brand new coronavirus. Gilchrist swam within the bay close to his house in Southern California to assist him preserve his health.

"It was stressful, but with the postponement, I hope we can all sigh in relief and focus on staying healthy and finding it once the team is back together ", she stated in an e mail to the AP.


Churchill Downs has delayed the reopening of the stables at its coaching and training heart till April 14 as a consequence of public well being issues associated to the coronavirus. The resolution to postpone the scheduled opening of the April 25 spring assembly might be made nearer to that date.

The storied track final week postponed the 146th Kentucky Derby from May 2 to September 5, the primary time the occasion is not going to happen on the primary Saturday in May since 1945. Churchill Downs stables have been closed since 31 December for winter renovations and lots of the horses that may be there are on tracks, together with Fair Grounds in New Orleans and Gulfstream Park in Florida.

"We understand how trying the impact this decision is on our riders," stated Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery in a press release.


Two US senators are pushing for transparency after the International Olympic Committee's resolution to postpone the Tokyo Games as a consequence of issues concerning the coronavirus.

Senators Jerry Moran, a Republican from Kansas, and Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, are a part of a subcommittee that offers with points associated to the Olympics. In a joint assertion, Moran, who’s the president, and Blumenthal, the rating member, insisted on readability because the IOC decides when the video games in Tokyo will happen in 2021.

"The athletes deserve clear answers as to when the games will be held and how their health will remain protected – not just at the Olympics themselves, but during practice and pre-training," stated the assertion. "Clarity and transparency are essential steps to ensure the best possible outcome for the Tokyo Olympic Games."

Moran and Blumenthal despatched a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach on March 11 asking him what the committee's plan was to forestall the unfold of COVID-19 through the Tokyo Games. They additionally mentioned with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee the well being and security of athletes.


Football star Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes are funding three intensive care models for coronavirus sufferers in hospitals in Portugal.

A hospital in Porto stated that the contribution of the Juventus attacker and his agent would pay for 15 intensive care beds absolutely outfitted with ventilators and different crucial tools. Two different models of 10 beds every might be put in in Lisbon.

According to media studies, Ronaldo and Mendes are contributing greater than one million euros ({dollars}) to the three models.

The Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Porto says the unit might be named after Ronaldo and Mendes and might be "of great use at a time when the country needs it most".


NASCAR has ordered pay cuts throughout the board till the present resumes racing.

NASCAR President Steve Phelps despatched a observe to staff on Tuesday saying that each one officers may have their wages diminished by 25%, whereas all different staff may have their wages diminished by 20%. Budget spending has additionally been frozen and staff are inspired to make use of trip time.

NASCAR is presently suspended till May 9, a size of time that may value sequence seven of its elite Cup races. Phelps has sworn that every thing might be postponed. NASCAR was in 4 races within the season – the longest within the sport in practically 11 months – when the coronavirus stopped the sequence.


The all-new class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame is not going to be inducted till subsequent yr.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame officers introduced that their June 13 induction ceremony has been postponed to June 12, 2021 in Knoxville, Tennessee, because of the pandemic.

The initiation class contains Debbie Brock, Carol Callan, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Sue Donohoe, Lauren Jackson and Carol Stiff. The 1980 US ladies's Olympic basketball workforce is to be honored as a sport pioneer.


The U.S. Olympic athletics trials in Eugene, Oregon might be postponed following the International Olympic Committee's resolution to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games because of the unfold of the coronavirus.

TrackTown USA, the native organizing physique, introduced Tuesday that it’s working with USA Track & Field and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee to reschedule the occasion, which was initially scheduled to start on June 19.

"Although it is not yet clear how long it may take to finalize a new date for the event, our local organizing committee is ready to welcome the best athletes from the country to Hayward Field from the University of Oregon once a decision is made, "TrackTown US CEO Michael Reilly stated in a press release.

TrackTown USA is engaged on procedures for followers who’ve already bought tickets to maintain them or request a refund.

The Olympic trials have been among the many highlights that have been to focus on the newly reconstructed Hayward discipline on the campus of the University of Oregon. Hayward Field was enlarged in preparation for the 2021 World Athletics Championships.


The NFL Arizona Cardinals donated $ 1 million to assist these within the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cardinals are working with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to launch an initiative that may assist fund protecting tools for medical employees, assist nonprofits resembling meals banks and homeless shelters, and to supply deprived college students with the expertise to facilitate on-line studying.

Cardinals president Michael Bidwell stated in a press release that "this unprecedented crisis leads us to ask what we can do to help and what could have the greatest impact." We are grateful for the creation of this reduction fund, are proud to assist its mission of essential significance and hope that different members of the neighborhood can be part of this effort in any manner attainable. "


Shad Khan of Jacksonville is the final NFL proprietor to donate to assist through the coronavirus pandemic.

Khan dedicated $ 1 million to Northeast Florida's response to the COVID-19 disaster.

He donates $ 400,000 to the First Coast Relief Fund in Florida. He donates $ 75,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida. He donates $ 75,000 to the Clara White Mission to supply meals and care for the town's homeless. He offers the Jacksonville Public Education Fund $ 50,000 to supply provides and expertise for college students and academics as they transition to digital house studying.

He additionally offers the native chapter of the American Red Cross $ 50,000 to assist Anheuser-Busch's initiative to assist continued blood drives throughout the nation.

Additional allocations might be made because the pandemic progresses and its results on residents of Jacksonville and northeast Florida proceed.


The New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia 76ers flip-flopped to chop the wages of employees incomes greater than $ 100,000. One day after asserting the non permanent wage cuts of 20% because of the financial results of the coronavirus pandemic, the workforce co-owners canceled them.

Co-owner Josh Harris stated that after listening to his employees and gamers, it was clear that the pay cuts weren’t the best resolution.

"This is a unprecedented time in our world – not like what most of us have already skilled – and extraordinary enterprise choices are usually not sufficient to answer the second . To our employees and followers, I apologize for having gone mistaken. "

Teams didn’t specify in the event that they deliberate to take care of a four-day work week, which was a part of the reductions. Employee advantages have by no means been modified and the groups plan to take care of their 1,500 hourly paid staff all through the common season. The NHL Devils and the NBA Sixers belong to Harris and David Blitzer, who’re the founders of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment.


Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings stated it was the "accountable selection" to postpone the Olympics.

"When you do one thing on a big scale, you wish to do it proper," she told The Associated Press. “Give the world time to heal. I can't imagine the enthusiasm that will come next year, with the whole world coming together to watch this. I know the Japanese will make the most of it. "

Three-time gold medalist in seashore volleyball, Walsh Jennings was able to compete within the 2020 Games together with her new accomplice Brooke Sweat. They deal with stopping coronavirus as an low season, keep at house with their households, and practice alone.

California authorities have slaughtered nets alongside the seashores of the Los Angeles space to discourage folks from gathering. Walsh Jennings and her husband, seashore volleyball professional Casey Jennings, arrange a mini-net of their yard.

Walsh Jennings says she understands why the IOC needed to attend to make its resolution.

"Can you imagine making this decision after how many years and how much blood and sweat worldwide? People have a hard time canceling weddings and canceling small tournaments, so imagine with all the billions of dollars spent on them, "she stated. “They have a grieving course of to undergo. They have so many transferring elements to consider. "


Organizers of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games say the IOC and the Japanese authorities have "chosen the absolute best situation" by suspending the Tokyo Games to subsequent yr.

Paris organizers stated in a press release on Tuesday that "suspending the world's greatest sporting occasion is just not a simple resolution", but that the IOC did the right thing by listening to "the issues of the sports activities world. "

The assertion added that "the postponement of the Tokyo Games will present athletes with optimum situations for preparation and competitors".


World street racing champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark says he’s happy that the International Olympic Committee has determined to postpone the Tokyo Games on Tuesday moderately than ready for weeks and even two months.

Pedersen would have been among the many favorites to win gold in biking this summer time. He says he’s sorry for the athletes who had deliberate their seasons across the Olympics. But he finally calls it the best resolution, saying "it reveals that we expect above sport and make everybody's well being a precedence".

The world biking calendar has been suspended for the reason that look of the brand new coronavirus. Officials haven’t but determined whether or not the Tour de France will proceed in July, however many of the occasions main as much as the Grand Tour have been canceled or postponed.


The Montreal Canadiens briefly lay off 60% of the staff whereas the National Hockey League season is suspended.

Groupe CH, which has probably the most prestigious hockey membership, says the layoffs will take impact on March 30. The CH Group can be establishing a $ 6 million support fund that may enhance employment insurance coverage to make sure that staff obtain 80% of their wage for the subsequent eight weeks and be obtainable for worker loans.

Owner Geoff Molson says, "We are working very laborious to restrict the affect of this on our staff."


One of the most important teams of athletes from world wide who known as for the postponement of the Tokyo Games has known as the IOC announcement a "bitter candy victory".

Global Athlete says it was applicable for the International Olympic Committee to name on Tuesday, moderately than on a four-week schedule that it had prompt over the weekend.

In a press release, the group stated that whereas congratulating the IOC on its resolution, it additionally urged the committee to interact with the athletes whereas deciding on a brand new date for the Olympics.

The assertion stated: "As said previously few weeks, no athletes, no Games."


FINA, the worldwide swimming physique, has stated it should meet with Japanese organizers of the 2021 World Championships over a attainable scheduling battle with the Tokyo Olympics.

The championships are scheduled from July 16 to August. 1 in Fukuoka.

If a precise postponement of 1 yr for the Tokyo Olympics was agreed, it will happen from July 23 to August. 8.

FINA says discussions with Japanese officers "will decide flexibility across the dates of the competitors, if crucial and in settlement with the IOC".

The governing physique cites priorities, together with "athlete well-being and maximizing alternatives for aquatic stars to compete on the highest degree".


The New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia 76ers reduce the wages of staff incomes greater than $ 100,000 and put them on a four-day workweek as franchises face the affect of the coronavirus.

Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O & # 39; Neil introduced the choice in a letter posted on the Devils web site.

The cuts are anticipated to final three months and can account for round 6% of staff' annual wages if the pandemic subsides.

The NHL Devils and the NBA Sixers belong to Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who’re the founders of HBSE.


The trendy pentathlon canceled the remainder of its World Cup season and postponed the world championships from May to September or October.

The final 4 World Cups – two in Sofia, Bulgaria, one in Budapest, Hungary and the ultimate in Seoul – had already been postponed till May and June however have now been formally canceled.

The worlds, moved from Xiamen, China, to Cancun, Mexico, and scheduled for May 25 and 31, have been rescheduled. The new dates needed to be decided.

The governing physique, UIPM, welcomes the choice to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and can finalize the qualification evaluation plans.


The world track championships in Eugene, Oregon might be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the postponement of the Olympics.

World Athletics says it’s speaking to organizers about "various dates, together with dates in 2022".

The Eugene Championships are scheduled to happen from August 6 to 15, 2021. This would battle with the Olympics if the identical July-August slot as initially deliberate for 2020 was used subsequent yr.

World Athletics provides that it’s contemplating a brand new qualification system to take account of the postponement and the devastation brought about to the 2020 calendar by the coronavirus epidemic.


The President of the International Paralympic Committee has stated that suspending the Olympic and Paralympic Games to 2021 is "the one logical choice".

The Paralympic Games are ruled by the identical contract because the Tokyo Olympics.

IPC President Andrew Parsons stated, "By making this resolution now, everybody concerned within the Paralympic Movement, together with all para athletes, can absolutely give attention to their very own well being and well-being. and keep secure throughout this unprecedented and troublesome time. ”


USA Cycling basic supervisor Rob DeMartini instructed the Associated Press that the athletes have been questioned this weekend by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that the postponement of the Tokyo Games was the great selection.

DeMartini says that "the training disruptions and qualification challenges are too great to be overcome even if the environment returns to a normal level by the end of the summer."

DeMartini says he's a fan of a postponement "as soon as possible" however not till the scenario is a bit more predictable. It may imply early 2021 or the Olympics that are being pushed to the autumn of subsequent yr.

DeMartini says "we just need to be sure that everything is done to protect their safety."


IOC President Thomas Bach stated he had not mentioned new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics throughout discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

An choice can be July 23-August. 8. It's been precisely one yr from July 24-August. 9 dates.

Bach says the precise dates are a matter for the Tokyo Organizing Committee and a panel of the International Olympic Committee overseeing the preparations.

Swimming and athletics have their biennial world championships that are anticipated to begin in July or August 2021.


IOC President Thomas Bach stated the "alarming numbers" of the previous few days concerning the coronavirus have been important to determine that the Tokyo Olympics ought to be postponed.

Bach quotes the World Health Organization "saying in the last few hours that Africa must prepare for the worst".

The IOC was suggested by WHO, which stated on Monday that the pandemic was accelerating.

Bach stated that the unique well being downside to host the Tokyo Olympics was "could Japan offer a safe reception" and the IOC was satisfied that it may.


The Tokyo Olympics have been formally postponed to 2021.

The International Olympic Committee in addition to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and native organizers have determined that the Tokyo Games couldn’t go as deliberate this yr because of the coronavirus epidemic.

The IOC stated the video games can be held "no later than summer 2021", however that they might nonetheless be known as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated IOC President Thomas Bach accepted "100%" his proposal to postpone the Tokyo Olympics by a few yr till 2021 because of the Coronavirus epidemic.

Bach had beforehand stated that the IOC would make an announcement about suspending the 2020 Olympics within the subsequent 4 weeks.


The Taiwan Professional Baseball League has set April 11 because the revised opening day.

The begin of the Chinese skilled baseball season based mostly in Taiwan was delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The CPBL web site signifies that the opening match would happen in a closed stadium, however that there might be as much as 150 season ticket holders allowed to enter in accordance with strict social distancing pointers if the federal government approves.

Sports leagues throughout Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus epidemic. Professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan intention to begin or resume their seasons in late April.


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