Euro 2020 is being postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Norway’s football association.
In a tweet, the Norwegian FA said: UEFA has decided that the European Championship is postponed to 2021. It will be played from 11 June to 11 July next year. More information coming.
UEFA, European football’s governing body, is holding an emergency video meeting with its 55 affiliated national football federations and representatives of clubs, leagues and players on Tuesday.
The 24-team tournament, due to be played across Europe in 12 different countries, including England, would be an obvious risk for the spread of coronavirus.
The move, though unconfirmed, follows the suspension of football in all five of Europe’s top domestic leagues – England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany, along with the Champions League, Europa League and World Cup qualifiers.
Another summer tournament, the Copa America, has also been postponed for 12 months, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has said.
That tournament had originally been scheduled from 12 June to 12 July in Argentina and Colombia.
The International Olympic Committee is also meeting on Tuesday.
Organisers of this summer’s Tokyo games have so far been adamant the sporting festival will go ahead.
Meanwhile, the boss of Formula One has apologised for the last-minute cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix.
The opening round of the new season was called off 90 minutes before the first practice session was due to take place, provoking widespread criticism.
Chase Carey said: We apologise to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date.
These decisions are being made by Formula One, the FIA, and our local promoters in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances… we plan to get the 2020 championship season underway as soon as it’s safe to do so.
The Azerbaijan race in June is seen as the most likely starting point for the season.
Two members of the F1 paddock were diagnosed with coronavirus in Melbourne.
Growing numbers of sporting events and leagues have been postponed or cancelled since the scale of the outbreak became clear.
On Monday, next month’s Grand National was called off and both rugby codes, union and league, suspended their seasons.
Horse racing will go behind closed doors at all meetings in Britain from Tuesday, initially until the end of April.
However, the Jockey Club, which runs the Grand National said that was not feasible for the famous Aintree steeplechase.
Football’s National League has suspended matches until at least 3 April, while the Football Association announced it is advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.
In Scotland, all fixtures have been postponed until the Scottish Football Association and government decide otherwise.
Cricket’s T20 Pakistan Super League announced on Tuesday morning that the competition had been postponed after former England batsman Alex Hales developed symptoms.
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