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Many international sports events in China have been postponed, moved and even cancelled amid the novel coronavirus outbreak that has killed at least 1,523 people on the mainland and infected more than 67,000 people globally.

The new type of virus – now named COVID-19 – was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December and has since spread to two dozen nations.

Many countries have evacuated their citizens from Wuhan and other affected areas of China, while travel restrictions have been imposed and flights suspended to and from cities in China.

As the virus continues to spread and the death toll rises, major sporting events, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, are under threat.

Here are some of the competitions that have been affected by the epidemic:


Asian Champions League matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG have been postponed until April and May.

Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG were due to play away against Perth Glory and Sydney FC but Australian officials sought to reschedule matches after their government imposed a travel ban on foreign nationals arriving from China.

A four-team women’s Olympic qualifying tournament involving China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand was moved from Wuhan to Australia by the AFC.

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Vietnam’s government said it would not allow the country to host sporting events in February, meaning home AFC Cup group stage matches for Ho Chi Minh City and Than Quang Ninh will have to be moved to away fixtures.

Ho Chi Minh City will now face Yangon United in Myanmar on February 11 while Than Quang Ninh meet Ceres-Negros on February 25 in the Philippines.

The Chinese Football Association also postponed domestic games at all levels.


The World Athletics Indoor Championships, which had been scheduled in Nanjing from March 13 to 15, were postponed until next year.

World Athletics is working with organisers to settle on a date to host the biennial event in 2021.

The Asian Athletics Association cancelled its February 12-13 indoor championships in Hangzhou.


The International Tennis Federation moved the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I event featuring China, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea and Uzbekistan out of Dongguan to Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan.

But the February 4-8 event was later postponed and relocated to Dubai after Kazakhstan declined to serve as substitute hosts.


The elite women’s LPGA golf tour in Hainan – an island on China’s southeast coast – cancelled the Blue Bay tournament that was scheduled to be held from March 5 to 8.

The PGA Tour Series-China moved its February 25-28 global qualifying tournament to Lagoi, Indonesia, from Haikou, a town in Hainan.


Formula One organisers have postponed the Chinese Grand Prix, scheduled in Shanghai on April 19.

Motorsport federation FIA said, along with Formula One, it had accepted a request from the promoter to postpone the race.

A potential alternative date later in the year will be looked at if the health situation improves, a statement said.

The all-electric Formula E motor racing series also abandoned plans for a race in Sanya, China, on March 21.


The International Olympic Committee announced Jordan as hosts of the boxing qualifiers for Asia and Oceania after an event in Wuhan was cancelled. It will now take place in Amman from March 3 to 11.


The International Basketball Federation moved the February 6-9 Tokyo Olympics qualifiers to be held in Foshan to Belgrade, Serbia.

The FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifying match between China and Malaysia, to be held in Foshan on February 24, will be rescheduled.


The China Masters tournament in Hainan, scheduled to take place from February 25 to March 1, was postponed after several players withdrew.

The Badminton World Federation was hopeful the flagship Badminton Asia Championships could still go ahead in Wuhan from April 21 to 26.


Hockey Pro League matches between China and Australia, scheduled for March 14-15 in Changzhou, will not be played.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) had previously postponed China’s match against Belgium that was to be played on February 9 at the same venue.

The FIH is looking into the possibility of China playing its games at an alternate venue.

Tokyo 2020

With some Olympic qualifying events cancelled or relocated, the virus has stoked concern about the Tokyo Summer Games, which begin on July 24.


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A total of 219 people on board a quarantined cruise ship docked off Yokohama, south of Tokyo, have tested positive for the virus so far. Forty-one cases have been reported in the country.

Olympic organisers have set up a taskforce to coordinate with health authorities on how to respond to the epidemic.

“We are extremely worried that the spread of the virus could pour cold water on momentum for the Games,” Toshiro Muto, chief executive officer of the Tokyo Organising Committee, said last week.

Despite concerns, organisers have repeatedly said the Games will be held as scheduled.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes All-Time Leading Goalscorer In Footballing History After Scoring His 760th-Career Goal




Cristiano Ronaldo has made history by becoming the all-time top goalscorer in football history after scoring his 760th-career goal.

The 35-year-old Portuguese striker reached the stunning landmark after scoring the first goal for Juventus in their 2 – 0 win against Napoli to win the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday night. It was his 1,040 games as a professional footballer.

The new record moved him above Josef Bican – with the Austrian-Czech striker scoring 759 goals between 1931 and 1955.

On January 3, Ronaldo moved above three-time Brazil World Cup winner Pele (757 career goals) into second on this list following a brace in a 4-1 Serie A home win over Udinese.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker now has 760 goals in his storied career.


Right Foot – 488 (64.29 per cent)

Left foot – 138 (18.18 per cent)

Head – 131 (17.26 per cent)

Hand/arm – 1 (0.13 per cent)

Other – 1 (0.13 per cent)

Open play – 569 (74.97 per cent)

Penalties – 133 (17.52 per cent)

Free Kicks – 57 (7.51 per cent)

Home – 415 (54.68 per cent)

Away – 304 (40.05 per cent)

Neutral – 45 (5.93 per cent)

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Kelvin Prince Boateng announces divorce with Melissa Sata




Ghana International Footballer Kelvin Prince Boateng has announced that he has ended his marriage to Melissa Sata.

The former Black Stars player who was involved in Ghana’s controversial run in 2014 in Brazil made this known in a post he shared on social media.

The two have been married since 2016 and had a son together.

Announcing the divorce, Kelvin Prince Boateng said “After a period of separation, we decided to permanently interrupt our relationship, in full respect of each other’s positions and in total serenity”

He indicated that the two will, however, play key roles in the life of their son.

“It being understood that we will remain an important point of reference for each other for the growth of our son Maddox.”

Kelvin Prince Boateng adds to the number of football stars who have had to call it quits with their marriages for reasons best known to them.

Source: Ayeh Offei-Akoto/2020

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Breaking: Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi cured of Coronavirus –




Chelsea’s full squad went into self-isolation after winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive to the coronavirus, the club said in a statement. Hudson-Odoi displayed cold symptoms on Monday morning and has stayed away from the club since then.

A video sited by which Callum Hudson-Odoi was seen healthy and saying he has been cured has surfaced online.

The Blues attacker was confirmed to be suffering from the virus on Thursday evening, when Arsenal also announced that their manager Mikel Arteta had tested positive.

All matches in the Premier League are expected to be called off this weekend, with a potential suspension halting football in the UK for a number of weeks.

Hudson-Odoi posted a video on social media on Friday in which he made clear that he had already recovered.

“Guys, as you may be aware, I’ve had the virus for the last couple of days which I’ve recovered from,” he said.

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