Sport will win the battle against the coronavirus outbreak, there can be no doubt about it. It’s just the question of time. Let’s see which leagues and competitions are coming back to life! Stay updated with STATSCORE.
Japanese baseball aiming to start on April 24
UPDATE 27/03/2020, 12:10 PM
NPB, the top Japanese baseball league, is aiming to start its season on April 24.
The season was originally scheduled to start on March 20, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, it was then postponed to April 10. This week the league has decided that it will be aiming to start the season on April 24.
Yesterday it was revealed that Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami became the first NPB player to test positive for the coronavirus. Today, the media report about more cases of coronavirus among players.
K-League launched online football competition
UPDATE 27/03/2020, 11:38 AM
South Korea’s professional football league had to postpone its season because of the coronavirus epidemic. Now it provides its fans with an online football tournament.
K-League came up with an idea to keep its fans entertained by organising an online football tournament FIFA Online 4, which involves professional players from different teams contesting the league.
Bundesliga launches online FIFA 20 tournament for clubs
UPDATE 26/03/2020, 2:42 PM
The DFL, Deutsch Fußball Liga, has decided to launch Bundesliga Home Challenge, a FIFA 20 video game tournament. The competition is going to take place over the next two weekends.
26 teams from Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 will participate, and each of them will be made up of a professional footballer from a given club, and a member of club staff.
Chinese Super League teams come back to training
UPDATE 26/03/2020, 1:25 PM
That’s another glimmer of hope – this time from China!
Most of the teams in the Chinese Super League have been restarting their training this week, although it is still not known when the league will come back.
The competition had been suspended in February before the start of the season, because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus effect on sports
The coronavirus outbreak has been affecting people all around the globe. It has disrupted our everyday lives, changing the way we work, communicate, travel, and spend our time. The crisis has shaken the world of business, culture, and sport.
At first, it seemed that sporting events will go on behind closed doors, but unfortunately, this turned out to be impossible. Major sporting events had to be postponed or cancelled. The crisis affected, among many others, such great competitions as Champions League, EURO 2020, NBA, MLB, Copa America. Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have also been postponed.
However, we can already see some glimmers of hope, as various leagues and competitions consider plans to return to playing.
Will Japanese baseball and football seasons resume?
Japanese football league (J1 League) and Nippon Professional Baseball may resume by the end of next month, according to Japan Times.
The leagues have received advice from Japanese medical experts about the possibility of restarting their seasons at the end of April.
When is Premier League coming back?
Premier League is considering various options regarding the current season. According to Daily Mail, a plan has been formulated for games to restart on June 1 and for them all to finish in six weeks. All encounters would be held behind closed doors. According to The Telegraph this solution would allow the next season to start in early August, which would prevent financial troubles for the league and clubs.
Will Serie A season be abandoned?
Italy is one of the countries that has been hit hard by the virus. It hasn’t spared the top football players, and after Paulo Dybala and Daniele Maldini tested positive, the situation has seemed even grimmer.
Is it still possible to resume the exciting Serie A season? According to Il Corriere dello Sport after an informal meeting of club and league authorities, there is almost no hope for that.
Which football competitions go on despite coronavirus?
Football (soccer) competitions not cancelled despite the coronavirus outbreak:
(PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SITUATION IS CHANGING DYNAMICALLY!)
- Belarus – Vysshaya League
- Burundi – Premier League
- Cameroon – Ligue 2
- England – Northern Premier League, Premier Division
- Hong Kong – Reserve Division, Second Division League, Third Division
- Israel – Liga Bet South A
- Myanmar – National League U19, National League U21
- Paraguay – Primera Division
- Russia – Perm Krai Winterchampionship
- Spain – Division de Honor Juvenil – Grupo I
- Sweden – Allsvenskan U19
Are volleyball competitions still held?
Some volleyball leagues are still playing, despite the coronavirus outbreak. These include competitions in Russia (Pro League, Saint Petersburg Leagues Women, Yekaterinburg Leagues, Yekaterinburg Leagues Women).
Basketball leagues that keep playing despite the epidemic
Basketball competitions are currently held in Russia (Division M35, Division M50, MLBL, Nevskaya 1st Division, Nevskaya 2nd Division, Nevskaya 3rd Division, Regional Leagues), and Tajikistan (Basketball League).
Futsal, handball and table tennis held despite the virus
When it comes to futsal, Belarusian Bobruisk Futsal League games are still held.
Some table tennis competitions are also being held (TT Cup, Women; Liga Pro in Russia).
Esports – show must go on
Esport have been affected by the coronavirus, as many events had to be postponed or cancelled.
Now, it seems that esports are coming back in a new online-only format. Overwatch League and the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) are returning, and the games will be held online.
ESL Pro League has decided to separate the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams into regions in an effort to limit international travel amid health safety concerns. 24 teams were split into three European and one North American region.
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