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Martin Jahns

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

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) cancelled Stockholm
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
31 August to 13 September Tennis US Open New York
     
      SEPTEMBER    
12 September 100k Ultrarun World Championship cancelled Winschoten, Netherlands
14 September Boston Marathon cancelled Boston
25 to 27 September Ryder Cup (Golf) postponed to 2021 Whistling Straits (USA)
27 September to 10 October Tennis French Open Paris
27 September Berlin Marathon cancelled Berlin
27 September to 4 October World Table Tennis Championship postponed to 2021 Busan, South Korea
29 September to 1 November UCI Mountain Bike World Cup severel European states
     
        OCTOBER    
3 to 25 October Giro d'Italia Italy
4 October London Marathon postponed from April London
10 October Ironman cancelled Hawaii
20 October to 8 November Vuelta a Espana Spain, Netherlands
26 and 27 October 24-hour Ultrarun World Cup Albi, France
     
      NOVEMBER    
1 November New York Marathon cancelled New York
2 to 21 November U17 Women's Soccer World Cup postponed to 2021 India
12 to 15 November Golf Masters Augusta
15 to 22 November Tennis ATP Finals London
     
     DECEMBER    
30 December Four Hills Tournament Oberstdorf

 

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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