The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
World Athletics says it wonâ€™t clear any Russian athletes to compete internationally amid the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The governing body of track requires Russians to apply for â€œauthorized neutral athleteâ€ status each year to compete outside their home country. Russia has been suspended from World Athletics since 2015 for widespread doping.
World Athletics spokeswoman Nicole Jeffery says in e-mailed comments that â€œthe ANA system only applies to international competition, so until there is competition there is no need for any athlete to apply.â€
She adds that â€œfor the next two months, at least, there is no competition, so the system does not need to be active until we know when the competition schedule can resume.â€
World Athletics hasnâ€™t decided how far in advance to open applications once competitions resume. High jump world champion Mariya Lasitskene and pole vault world champion Anzhelika Sidorova are among those who need their status renewed from last year.
British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. Georgeâ€™s because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event in July. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the â€œprocess is taking some time to resolveâ€ because of a range of external factors.
Slumbers says â€œwe are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can.â€
The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II.
The French Grand Prix scheduled for May 17 in Le Mans has been postponed, becoming the sixth MotoGP race to be called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The motorcycling series has yet to start its season.
The season-opener in Qatar was canceled, the Thailand, Americas and Argentina races were postponed to October-November, and the Spanish MotoGP has yet to find new dates.
The next race at risk is the Italian MotoGP on May 31.
World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games.
The Olympics have been postponed to 2021.
World Sailing and Japanese officials were in talks to return to Enoshima in 2021 before the rescheduled Olympics.
Brescia president Massimo Cellino says he will forfeit his team’s remaining Serie A matches if the Italian soccer league resumes.
Brescia is the third-worst hit province in Italy with more than 8,500 coronavirus cases and more than 1,300 deaths.
In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Cellino says â€œthis season doesnâ€™t make sense anymore.â€
He says â€œreturning to activity is pure craziness. If they force us to I am ready to not put out the team and lose the matches 3-0 by default out of respect for the citizens of Brescia and their loved ones who arenâ€™t here anymore.â€
Brescia is in last place in the league standings. The president of Lazio recently accused Cellino of trying to avoid relegation.
Cellino says â€œI donâ€™t care at all about relegation. So far we have deserved it and I have my blame in that, too.”
Potential hosts of soccer’s 2027 Asian Cup have been given more time to enter the contest by the Asian Football Confederation.
The AFC says the March deadline to show interest was extended by three months to June because many of its member federations have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Saudi Arabian soccer body said in February it wanted to host the 24-team tournament.
China will host the 2023 edition. A return to western Asia is possible after the United Arab Emirates staged the 2019 tournament.
The AFC is planning for a 2027 tournament but a FIFA task force drafting a future calendar of matches and tournaments will likely be asked to align continental championships. The European Championship and South Americaâ€™s Copa America are on track to kick off in June 2028.
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