The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
IOC President Thomas Bach says the future of sports after the coronavirus pandemic might mean fewer international events.
Bach cited â€œfinancial pressureâ€ on organizers and the need to address climate change and says â€œwe may also have to look more closely into the proliferation of sports events.â€
The IOC president cautions in a letter to Olympic officials and athletes worldwide â€œthe current health crisis will lead to a long and deep economic crisisâ€ which will affect sports.
Bach says â€œgovernments must include sport in their economic support programsâ€ so it can be part of a worldwide recovery.
The IOC has proposed saving money on staging the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 to help offset the Olympic bodyâ€™s extra costs of hundreds of millions of dollars because of the postponement.
The Italian sports minister says it is increasingly unlikely the soccer season will resume.
Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced Sunday that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18. That means Serie A could resume playing games in June.
But Vincenzo Spadafora tells Italian television channel LA7 that â€œresuming training absolutely does not mean resuming the season.â€
He adds that he sees â€œthe path to restarting Serie A getting ever narrowerâ€ and that if he was among the presidents of soccer teams â€œI would be thinking about next season.â€
The French government called off the season in that country on Tuesday and Spadafora says that could push Italy to do the same.
The Spanish Vuelta cycling race will not start in the Netherlands as originally planned.
This yearâ€™s race was set to begin in the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant but the changes in the cycling calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers in the Netherlands to cancel the countryâ€™s participation.
Dutch organizers say the project â€œhad been designed as a big summer partyâ€ which would not be able to happen because of the changes in the Vueltaâ€™s original dates. They say they â€œpreferred to request the official departureâ€™s cancellation.â€
Spanish organizers say they hope to plan a new start in the Netherlands â€œin the very near future.â€
This yearâ€™s Vuelta was set to start on Aug. 14. New dates have not been announced.
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