PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The spread of coronavirus has had a massive impact on events planned around the world and locally.
Below is a list of sports events that have been postponed or canceled as of March 16:
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Basketball: Rhode Island Interscholastic League regrettably has canceled all remaining winter tournaments, including contests scheduled for today.
Hockey: Rhode Island Interscholastic League regrettably has canceled all remaining winter tournaments, including contests scheduled for today.
Cheer: The RIIL regretfully announced the State Cheer Championships scheduled for Saturday, March 14, have been canceled. The teams who participated and were victorious in the RICCA Tournament last weekend will be recognized as state champions.
RIIL also announced the start of all spring sports, originally slated for Monday, March 16, will be delayed for one week. The RIIL will remain in communication with its member schools to determine a new start date.
Local Youth Sports
Most youth sports programs are currently adjusting and evaluating. Many are aligning with their school districts, resuming play when schools are open. Be sure to check with your local organizers for updates.
NCAA Basketball: The NCAA canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, along with all remaining winter and spring championships. The cancellation applies to the men’s and women’s College World Series, the Frozen Four, the NCAA wrestling championships and more.
- NCAA Tournaments canceled due to coronavirus
- Providence College, Boston College to play Hockey East series in front of no fans
The Ivy League: The Ivy League presidents canceled all spring athletics competitions and practices through the remainder of the academic year pending further developments in the virus outbreak.
Johnson & Wales: Following the NCAA announcement to cancel all remaining winter and spring championships, and recognizing the spread and ongoing threat of COVID-19, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Presidents’ Council voted unanimously to make the difficult decision to call off all spring competition, practices, and championships for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.
- NHL ‘pausing’ season amid coronavirus concerns
- Bruins issue statements regarding NHL’s decision to suspend season
MLB: Spring training games have been suspended and the start of the regular season has been delayed by at least two weeks. Minor League Baseball also delayed the start of its season.
NFL: The NFL has canceled its annual league meeting as the league office continues to discuss how to approach April’s draft.
PGA: The PGA Tour announced that the Players Championship and all events through the Valero Texas Open have been canceled and The Masters has been postponed. This will include the Augusta National Women’s Armature and Drive Chip & Putt.
MLS: Major League Soccer is suspending matches and plans to reschedule postponed games on the back end of the season, multiple people close to the situation said Thursday.
NASCAR: NASCAR has decided to postpone the race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend and Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend. It is unknown at this time when they will be rescheduled to.
Tennis: The ATP Tour has suspended tournaments for six weeks.
Soccer: All Champions League and Europa League games have been postponed by UEFA because of the coronavirus outbreak.
XFL: Regular season games have been canceled. All players will be paid their base pay and benefits for the 2020 regular season. All XFL ticket holders will be issued credit towards future games. The XFL says they are committed to playing a full season in 2021 and future years.
Special Olympics RI: Special Olympics Rhode Island has suspended all training and activities, and all plunge events have been postponed. More details »
Boston Marathon: The Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20, has been rescheduled for Sept. 14 because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced.
Japan 2020 Summer Olympics: Under review by the IOC. President Bach: “The IOC remains fully committed to the success of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. I encourage all athletes to prepare for the Games with full steam.”
USA Hockey: National championship events were set to kick off around the country on March 26 but have been canceled by USA Hockey. Also canceled was the Disabled Hockey Festival scheduled to take place March 26-29 and April 2-5 in Pittsburgh.