6 May 2020

Sport: What may be returning and when

8:41 am on 6 May 2020

Major sports events around the world that are in the process of re-starting or have been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Zealand track and road cyclist Rushlee Buchanan trains at her Cambridge home.


Here's a list of which sports are where in terms of a comeback:


  • The 20 English Premier League clubs have discussed plans for a resumption of training this month followed by a possible return to action in June.
  • A-League there are reports it could return in August to finish their season
  • The German Bundesliga is set to be given the green light for a restart, probably from 15 May with no fans in stadiums.
  • Clubs in Spain's top two divisions are returning to individual training this week as organisers aim to re-start La Liga in June.
  • Bulgaria's top clubs will resume training within a few days and the BFU hopes to resume the top-flight season in June.
  • Italian clubs have been given permission to start training individually but no team exercises will be allowed until 18 May.
  • Portugal's top flight clubs resumed training on Monday amid plans to restart the league on 30 May.
  • The Hungarian soccer season will re-start on 23 May with two cup ties and a league game.
  • Major League Soccer will open up training fields for individual workouts from next week.
  • Denmark's football association (DBU) hopes to resume its top flight Super League on 29 May.
  • Austrian clubs returned to training on 20 April ahead of a possible resumption of the season, which would be played without fans.
  • The 2020 K-League season will kick off on 8 May behind closed doors.
  • Poland's professional football league said it intends to re-start matches on 29 May and complete the season by 19 July.
  • Euro 2020 and Copa America were postponed. The two tournaments will now be staged from 11 June to 11 July, 2021.
  • Asian Champions League: Matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG were postponed. The start of the knockout rounds was moved back to September.


  • The South Korean league started on 5 May without fans.


  • Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff will take part in a $3 million charity skins match on 17 May.
  • Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will compete in a charity golf match in May.
  • The Harding Park golf course which is scheduled to host the PGA Championship in August re-opened on Monday.
  • The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club has been rescheduled for 12-15 November from 9-12 April.
  • The PGA Championships at TPC Harding Park San Francisco, has been rescheduled for 6-9 August from 14-17 May.
  • The US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York, was rescheduled to 17-20 September from 18-21 June.


  • Professional tennis returned with the Tennis Point Exhibition Series event in Germany on 1 May.
  • A number of high-profile male and female players will compete in the UTR Pro Match Series in Florida starting 8 May.
  • Patrick Mouratoglou's tennis academy in France will host a five-week series in May.


  • Giro d'Italia will begin on 3 October, while the Spanish Vuelta will be held from 20 October.
  • Milan-Sanremo will be held on 8 August, Liege-Bastogne-Liege on 4 October, the Tour des Flandres on 18 October, Paris-Roubaix on 25 October and the Tour of Lombardy on 31 October.
  • The Tour de France that was due to be held from 27 June - 19 July has been postponed to 29 August - 20 September.

Rugby league

  • Australia's National Rugby League is set for a 28 May restart after players agreed to 20 percent pay-cuts for the abridged 2020 season.


  • The postponed Tokyo Olympic Games will now begin on 23 July, 2021 and run until 8 August.
  • World Athletics has suspended Olympic qualification until December.


  • The postponed Paralympic Games will run from 24 August - 5 September, 2021.

World Games

  • The 2021 World Games have been pushed back by a year to avoid clashing with the Olympics.


  • The World Athletics Championships scheduled for 2021 in Eugene, Oregon have been moved to the summer of 2022 because of the Olympic Games rescheduling.
  • The World Athletics Indoor Championships (Nanjing, 13-15 March) were postponed to 19-21 March, 2021.


  • Boston Marathon organisers have postponed the race from 20 April to 14 September.

Horse racing

  • The Kentucky Derby, the first jewel in North American horse racing's Triple Crown (2 May 2) was postponed to 5 September.

Motor Sports

  • Nascar said its season would resume on 17 May at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.
  • The Le Mans 24 hours race was postponed from 13-14 June to 19-20 September.
  • The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until 23 August.


  • The French Open was postponed until 20 September 4 October.

The list of sports events that have either been cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19.

North America

  • The NBA suspended its season.
  • The NHL suspended its season.
  • The MLB has further delayed its 2020 season's opening day of 26 March.
  • The Women's National Basketball Association postponed the start of its 2020 regular season, originally scheduled to run from 15 May - 20 September.


  • Anthony Joshua's world heavyweight title defence against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur's stadium on 20 June was postponed.


  • The Indian Premier League, originally suspended until 15 April, has been postponed indefinitely.
  • The last two games of Australia's three-match one-day international series against New Zealand in Sydney and Hobart were cancelled while the limited-overs tours were postponed.
  • The boards of India and South Africa agreed to reschedule a three-match ODI series to a later date.
  • England's test series against Sri Lanka and West Indies were postponed. The England and Wales Cricket Board extended the suspension of the professional game in the country until 1 July.
  • South Africa's limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka that was scheduled to take place in June has been postponed.
  • Australia's proposed test tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed.


  • Four Six Nations matches were postponed.
  • France's rugby federation suspended all its competitions and will not be allowed to return until September.
  • The European rugby season was suspended after European Professional Club Rugby postponed Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-final matches (3-5 April).
  • The semi-final and final of this season's Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments, which were due to take place in Marseille in May, have been postponed.
  • England's Rugby Football Union and Wales' governing body confirmed the end of the 2019-20 season for all league, cup and county rugby, but the English Premiership has been excluded.
  • Super Rugby suspended its season.