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Tour de France, US Open and More in Times of Covid-19

The Second Half of 2020: This is What the Sports Calendar Looks Like

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.

Trotz Corona soll auch 2020 eine - wenn auch verspätete - Tour de France stattfinden.
Despite Covid-19, the Tour de France is set to take place.

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.

Thus other events in the second half of the year move into the spotlight: With the Tour de France, the Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d'Italia, the three largest bicycle tours take place within the shortest time. With the US Open and the French Open, there will be two more Grand Slams in tennis. And: With the London Marathon, at least one major marathon event can still take place.

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

The Sports Year 2020 At a Glance

DateEventVenue
       JANUARY  
1 to 6 JanuaryFour Hills TournamentGarmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck, Bischofshofen
9 to 26 JanuaryMen's European Handball ChampionshipAustria, Sweden, Norway
   
      FEBRUARY  
2 FebruarySuper Bowl LIVMiami
12 to 23 FebruaryBiathlon World ChampionshipsAntholz
14 to 16 FebruaryWorld Luge ChampionshipsSochi
17 February to 1 MarchBob/Skeleton World ChampionshipsAltenberg
   
         MARCH  
14 to 22 MarchWomen's Curling World Championships cancelledPrince George (Canada)
28 March to 5 AprilMen's Curling World Championship cancelledGlasgow
   
          APRIL  
27 April to 3 MayPatrouille des Glaciers cancelledChamonix
   
            MAY  
8 to 24 MayMen's Ice Hockey World Championships cancelledSwitzerland
9 to 31 MayGiro d'Italia postponed to a later dateItaly, Hungary
25 May to 1 JuneSkateboard World Cups cancelledLondon and China
   
          JUNE  
12 June to 12 JulyMen's European Football Championship postponed to 202112 European cities
26 to 28 JuneMTB and Cross Country World Championships cancelledAlbstadt
   
           JULY  
24 July to 9 AugustSummer Olympics postponed to 2021Tokyo
   
       AUGUST  
14 to 28 AugustDOTA 2: The International (eSports) cancelledStockholm
17 to 30 AugustEuropean Aquatics Championships postponed from MayBudapest
24 to 30 AugustUTMB cancelledFrance
25 August to 6 SeptemberParalympics postponed to 2021Tokyo
26 to 30 AugustEuropean Athletics Championships cancelledParis
29 August to 20 SeptemberTour de France postponed from June/JulyFrance
31 August to 13 SeptemberTennis US OpenNew York
   
      SEPTEMBER  
12 September100k Ultrarun World Championship cancelledWinschoten, Netherlands
14 SeptemberBoston Marathon cancelledBoston
25 to 27 SeptemberRyder Cup (Golf) postponed to 2021Whistling Straits (USA)
27 September to 10 OctoberTennis French OpenParis
27 SeptemberBerlin Marathon cancelledBerlin
27 September to 4 OctoberWorld Table Tennis Championship postponed to 2021Busan, South Korea
29 September to 1 NovemberUCI Mountain Bike World Cupseverel European states
   
        OCTOBER  
3 to 25 OctoberGiro d'ItaliaItaly
4 OctoberLondon Marathon postponed from AprilLondon
10 OctoberIronman cancelledHawaii
20 October to 8 NovemberVuelta a EspanaSpain, Netherlands
26 and 27 October24-hour Ultrarun World CupAlbi, France
   
      NOVEMBER  
1 NovemberNew York Marathon cancelledNew York
2 to 21 NovemberU17 Women's Soccer World Cup postponed to 2021India
12 to 15 NovemberGolf MastersAugusta
15 to 22 NovemberTennis ATP FinalsLondon
   
     DECEMBER  
30 DecemberFour Hills TournamentOberstdorf

 

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.

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