As the coronavirus continues to spread, with the outbreak officially classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 12 March (AEDT), professional sporting competitions are also being impacted right across the globe.
Initially leading to the postponement or cancellation of sporting events in China back in late January, where COVID-19 is believed to have originated, it's now affecting leagues and tournaments worldwide.
Australia's AFL and NRL were among the last sporting competitions globally to cease. But on 22 and 23 March respectively, both made the tough callS to suspend their seasons. Both hope to play out the 2020 season in some form later in the year.
Formula One and MotoGP, Six Nations and World Sevens rugby, golf, tennis and major football matches in Asia and Europe are all experiencing delays or cancellations.
The Chinese F1 Grand Prix scheduled for April was quickly postponed, while the season-opening Australian GP has also been cancelled.
"If games have to be postponed or played without spectators for a period of time until it's over, well then we have to do that," FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters in early March.
The AFC Champions League postponed matches across the continent, with the exception of one each in Malaysia and Australia. The latter was Sydney FC's home fixture against South Korea's Jeonbuk. The start of the Japanese and Korean leagues have both been delayed.
This is all likely to have a trickle-down effect too, with areas such as broadcasting, merchandising and revenue from ticket sales all expected to be significantly impacted.
List of sports cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus
Finder acknowledges that this is not a comprehensive list of every single sport in the world affected. In the meantime it might be best to get your sporting fix by checking out our list of the best sports movies.
With the death toll rising and countries continuing to lock down their borders, the 24 July-9 August Games became unfeasible. The Olympic flame that is in Japan will continue burning for the next 12 months.
What if I have signed up to watch these sports?
Fans of select sporting events may think twice before signing up to new subscriptions. Competitions have already been impacted with contrasting plans about when they may resume.
Unless your preferred sport is broadcast as the sole offering on an exclusive service (which is virtually zero streaming platforms) we wouldn't expect any refunds, though it's best to contact your existing provider for more information.
James Dampney is a writer at Finder, working on our sports streaming content in Australia. He has over 20 years' experience writing about sport, working for some leading publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, ESPN and more.
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