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Martin Jahns

Olympic Games, European Football Championship and Much More

Corona and Sports 2020: Which Events Take Place - Which are Cancelled?

The Olympic Games in Tokyo and a European Football Championship: The sports year 2020 was supposed to be huge. But the coronavirus is putting a damper on the organizers and athletes. In the 2020 sports calendar, ISPO.com gives an overview of which events are scheduled to take place - and which had to be postponed.

Because of the corona virus, the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo have been postponed to 2021.
Because of the corona virus, the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo have been postponed to 2021.

Already in winter there are three highlights: the Men's Handball European Championships in Austria, Sweden and Norway (9 to 26 January), the Biathlon World Championships in Antholz (12 to 23 February) and the annual Super Bowl.

From mid-June Europe was supposed to be back in football fever. That's when UEFA EURO 2020 should have start. UEFA postponed the tournament, which will be held in twelve cities across Europe, until the summer of 2021 due to the corona crisis. 

Similarly, the Boston and London Marathons will not take place in the first half of 2020. Both were postponed by the organisers to September and October respectively.

Olympic Games Postponed to 2021

However, the biggest sports highlight in 2020 was to be the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo from 24 July to 9 August. In a total of 339 competitions, athletes from all over the world would then have competed for medals and five sports would have celebrated their Olympic premiere:

  • Climbing
  • Skateboarding
  • Karate
  • Surfing
  • Baseball/Softball

However, on March 24, the IOC pulled the rip cord and announced that the Olympics would be postponed to 2021, as well as the Paralympics.

It is questionable whether the European Athletics Championships in Paris and finally the Women's Handball World Championships in December can take place as planned in the second half of the year.

ISPO.com gives an overview of the sports highlights of the year 2020.

The Sports Year 2020 At a Glance

Date Event Venue
       JANUARY    
1 to 6 January Four Hills Tournament Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck, Bischofshofen
9 to 26 January Men's European Handball Championship Austria, Sweden, Norway
     
      FEBRUARY    
2 February Super Bowl LIV Miami
12 to 23 February Biathlon World Championships Antholz
14 to 16 February World Luge Championships Sochi
17 February to 1 March Bob/Skeleton World Championships Altenberg
     
         MARCH    
14 to 22 March Women's Curling World Championships cancelled Prince George (Canada)
28 March to 5 April Men's Curling World Championship cancelled Glasgow
     
          APRIL    
27 April to 3 May Patrouille des Glaciers cancelled Chamonix
     
            MAY    
8 to 24 May Men's Ice Hockey World Championships cancelled Switzerland
9 to 31 May Giro d'Italia postponed to a later date Italy, Hungary
25 May to 1 June Skateboard World Cups cancelled London and China
     
          JUNE    
12 June to 12 July Men's European Football Championship postponed to 2021 12 European cities
26 to 28 June MTB and Cross Country World Championships cancelled Albstadt
     
           JULY    
24 July to 9 August Summer Olympics postponed to 2021 Tokyo
     
       AUGUST    
14 to 28 August DOTA 2: The International (eSports) Stockholm
14 August to 6 September Vuelta a Espana Spain, Netherlands
17 to 30 August European Aquatics Championships postponed from May Budapest
24 to 30 August UTMB cancelled France
25 August to 6 September Paralympics postponed to 2021 Tokyo
26 to 30 August European Athletics Championships cancelled Paris
29 August to 20 September Tour de France postponed from June/July France
     
      SEPTEMBER    
4 to 6 September UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Championship Leogang, Austria
12 September 100k Ultrarun World Championship Winschoten, Netherlands
14 September Boston Marathon postponed from April Boston
25 to 27 September Ryder Cup (Golf) Whistling Straits (USA)
27 September Berlin Marathon Berlin
27 September to 4 October World Table Tennis Championship postponed from March Busan, South Korea
     
        OCTOBER    
4 October London Marathon postponed from April London
10 October Ironman Hawaii
26 and 27 October 24-hour Ultrarun World Cup Albi, France
     
      NOVEMBER    
1 November New York Marathon New York
2 to 21 November U17 Women's Soccer World Cup India
     
     DECEMBER    
4 to 20 December Women's Handball World Championships Denmark, Norway
30 December Four Hills Tournament colonel's village

 

Effects on 2022

The rescheduling of major events such as the Olympic Games and the Men's European Football Championship into the coming year means that there would be a concentration of events in the summer of 2021 - and this has already had consequences into 2022.

For example, the Women's European Championship in football will be postponed by UEFA until the summer of 2022. "By moving UEFA Women’s EURO to the following year, we are ensuring that our flagship women’s competition will be the only major football tournament of the summer, providing it with the spotlight it deserves", UEFA explains the decision.

Author:
Martin Jahns
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