Coronavirus live updates: Wimbledon will reportedly be canceled; USA Rugby files for bankruptcy

The coronavirus is causing sports cancellations and postponements all across the world

The rapid spread of the coronavirus is causing cancellations and postponements of sporting events and affecting sports around the globe. One of the biggest developments is that Japan and the International Olympic Committee have decided to postpone the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo until next year.

As of Wednesday evening, there have been at least 454,000 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to CBS News, and more than 20,000 people have died due to the virus. In addition, multiple states are under a state of emergency politicians from the local to federal level along with public health officials are recommending large gatherings of people -- including sporting events -- in coronavirus hotspots be canceled or closed to the public.

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  • Major League Baseball will not start the 2020 season until at least mid-May, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday, March 16. The league initially suspended operations, including spring training, on Thursday, March 12. The league is not shutting down spring training sites entirely, but many players have left camps in Arizona and Florida. Opening Day was originally scheduled for March 26.



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  • The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby is postponed until September. 



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The city of Toronto has banned all public events until June 30. This will certainly have a huge impact depending on if professional leagues resume play at any point in the coming months. The Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Toronto Blue Jays would all be impacted.

March 31, 2020, 8:07 PM

The NHL will continue to self-isolate until April 15. Teams haven't been able to participate in practices or any team-related activities since the NHL season was put on pause.

March 31, 2020, 6:29 PM

The Chinese Government has issued a new order restricting the resuming of team sports, which affects the return of the Chinese Basketball Association.

March 31, 2020, 1:59 PM

USA Rugby has decided to file for bankruptcy because its financial situation has been severely impacted by the coronavirus shutdown.

It's becoming increasingly likely that Wimbledon will be canceled later this week. According to German Tennis Federation vice president Dirk Hordorff, a decision is coming on Wednesday.

"The necessary decisions have already been made," German Tennis Federation vice president Dirk Hordorff told Sky Sports Germany on Sunday. "Wimbledon will decide to cancel (this) Wednesday. There is no doubt about it. This is necessary in the current situation.

March 30, 2020, 3:47 PM

Marcus Smart has taken to social media to express his gratitude following being cleared by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health after recovering from COVID-19.

Celtics' guard Marcus Smart has reportedly been cleared after recovering from a COVID-19 infection.

Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have both been cleared after recovering from COVID-19 infections. Gobert's diagnosis earlier in March set in motion a series of events that led to the cancellation or postponement of nearly all major sports in the United States, including the NBA regular season, NCAA basketball tournaments, and MLB opening day.

The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until Aug. 23 due to the coronavirus. This marks the first time since 1946 that the Indianapolis 500 won't take place on Memorial Day weekend.

March 26, 2020, 7:29 PM

The WNBA has announced that the league still plans to hold the WNBA Draft on April 17 as previously scheduled. However, it will be a virtual draft format due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 26, 2020, 3:28 PM

Little League Baseball announced that they are recommending that leagues suspend all league activities "until no earlier than" May 11. 

"We recognize that this is the heart of the traditional Little League season, and we share in the great disappointment that many are feeling surrounding this additional pause in the 2020 season," the organization said in a statement. "However, it is our hope that by doing this, we will all play a small, but important part in flattening the curve in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic."

March 26, 2020, 2:54 PM

The 2020 Olympics are officially postponed. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to postpone the Summer Games until 2021. This marks just the fourth time in the history of the modern Olympics that the event has been postponed.

"In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community," a joint statement from Bach and Prime Minister Abe read.

March 24, 2020, 6:58 PM

The United States Olympic Committee has formally requested that the IOC postpone the 2020 Olympic Games scheduled to begin in Tokyo this July.

For the first time in 102 years, there will not be a showdown to determine Canada's major junior hockey champion. The 2020 Memorial Cup has been added to the list of canceled sporting events in Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Canadian Hockey League calling off the tournament and league playoffs on Monday.

USA Gymnastics is the latest group to call for the IOC to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Tokyo this summer.

After initially suspending play for two weeks, La Liga suspended its matches indefinitely on Monday as the country continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Play will be postponed until the Spanish government declares it safe to be able to return to the field.

The $12 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest purse in horse racing, will be postponed until next year. Officials had originally planned to run the race on March 28 without fans in attendance over concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Australian Football League has suspended its season until at least May 31 because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Despite the momentary shutdown, the league still plans on completing its full schedule for the 2020 season later in the year.

Juventus is up to three players with the coronavirus after star attacker Paulo Dybala announced on Saturday that he has tested positive. The Argentine international said he is doing well, and he follows Blaise Matuidi and Daniele Rugani as Juve players who have contracted COVID-19.

The Ottawa Senators have announced that a second player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent road trip that included games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles.

Given the current circumstances and following discussions with various stakeholders, the IIHF Council has determined that the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Zurich and Lausanne cannot take place.

Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla tested positive for the coronavirus late on Friday, the league announced. Bonilla is in stable condition and currently under quarantine.

The NBA is reportedly set to pay its players their next checks on April 1, but payments beyond that have not yet been decided.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee won't be held as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus, with the decision being officially announced on Friday.

Two more NBA teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, have confirmed that players on the two teams' rosters have tested positive for COVID-19.

The list of NBA teams affected by the coronavirus continues to grow with the Philadelphia 76ers announcing that three people in the organization tested positive for the disease. The statement does not say who were the people infected, only that they come from a group including players, coaches and specific basketball operations support staff.

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