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Coronavirus: Will Olympics and Euro 2020 be cancelled and which sports have been affected? – The Sun
CORONAVIRUS has been spread across the globe with the outbreak causing the deaths of thousands of people.
Having originated in Wuhan, China, nearly 50 countries have reported confirmed cases, with governments now taking measures to ensure more are infected – including quarantining towns.
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Now, sporting events are also been cancelled, while many more are under threat should the coronavirus not be contained and neutralised.
What sporting events have been cancelled?
Formula One was among the first to react in sport, as it cancelled the Chinese Grand Prix – held in Shanghai – on February 12.
The race is not due until April 19, but with the virus continuing to spread, it was not in the interest of safety to retain it at that date.
FIA, the sport's governing body, are looking into holding it later in the year, but with a record-breaking 22-race calendar, it looks unlikely.
Vietnam has also come under threat, but organisers have so far insisted that it will go ahead for which it will be its inaugural race – despite being just 100 miles from the Chinese border.
There is also concerns over other races, even the season opener in Australia, with Ferrari, AlphaTauri and tyre suppliers Pirelli all in affected areas of Italy.
Organisers for Bahrain GP has said they still plan to hold their race, but the government have revealed foreign nationals are not permitted in the country if they have been to Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong and others in the past 14 days.
Many teams will travel through Singapore and Hong Kong on their way to Australia.
Following Coronavirus' spread to Italy, the Six Nations clash between the Azzurri and Ireland has been called off – ten days before it is due to be played.
It was supposed to be played in Dublin, but with the outbreak affecting many Italian cities, the cancellation comes to avoid spreading it further.
This is along with an under-20s game and women's international that were due to be played on the same day.
England's trip to Italy has now also been postponed with a new date yet to be arranged.
And all sporting events in Italy have now been ordered to be played behind closed doors until April 3.