Coronavirus Update: Behind Closed Doors

(ATR) Spanish government closes all sports competitions to spectators to limit spread of coronavirus.

(ATR) The Spanish government announced on Tuesday that all sports competitions in Spain must be held behind closed doors until at least April 5 to limit the spread of coronavirus.

All first and second division La Liga soccer matches will be affected, including those to be played at the home stadiums of Barcelona and Real Madrid. With an international window scheduled for the end of the month, the restrictions would affect the next two league games at a minimum.

La Liga said in a statement that should health authorities decide to suspend any matches there are contingency plans in place "to ensure fixtures are played within established deadlines".

Serie A matches in Italy were suspended until at least April 3 on Monday, as part of a decision by the Italian government to cease all sporting competitions in the country.

Earlier on Tuesday, Barcelona confirmed that its Champions League home match against Italian side Napoli on March 18 would be played without spectators.

Wednesday’s Champions League game in France between Paris Saint-Germain and Germany’s Borussia Dortmund is also closed to fans after the French government announced on Sunday that gatherings of more than 1,000 people will be banned until further notice.

The French football league announced Tuesday that all Ligue 1 and second division matches will be played behind closed doors until April 15.

World Cup Ski Races With No Spectators

The final two men’s FIS Ski World Cup races of the season this weekend in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia will be run in front of empty stands.

The Slovenian Ministry of Public Health has decided that all sporting events must take place without an audience.

The International Ski Federation says that as of now, there will be no limits on media at the event. However, a set of measures will be in place to limit interaction between athletes, teams and accredited people.

FIS on March 6 cancelled the season-ending World Cup finals in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, which were to be held March 18-22.

The winners of the various disciplines and the all-around will now be finalized after the men’s races in Slovenia and the women’s races in Are, Sweden from March 12-14.

Also on Tuesday, FIS announced thatthe Alpine Europa Cup Finals in Saalbach and Reiteralm, Austria have been cancelled due to regulations imposed by national authorities. The event was scheduled for March 16-22.

World Rowing Events Cancelled

Four upcoming World Rowing events scheduled for April and May in Italy have been cancelled.

World Rowing Cup events to be held from April 10-12 in Sabaudia and May 1-3 in Varese will no longer take place. Training camps that had been organized around those two events have also been cancelled.

Also cancelled are two Tokyo 2020 qualifying events: the European Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Varese from April 27-29, and the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta from May 8-10 in Gavirate. Training camps tied to those events have also been called off.

The international rowing federation says options for relocating these qualification opportunities are being discussed and says it will have an update by March 17.

Written by Gerard Farek

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