The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
A leading medical official at UEFA says soccer competitions should be able to resume this season.
Soccer has been brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, with some leagues – including France and the Netherlands – canceling their 2019-20 seasons following government orders. FIFAâ€™s medical committee chair has also expressed doubts about completing this season.
Tim Meyer, chairman of UEFAâ€™s medical committee, says all soccer organizations planning for resumptions need to produce â€œcomprehensive protocols dictating sanitary and operational conditionsâ€ to ensure the health of those involved in the games is protected.
Meyer says â€œit is definitely possible to plan the restart of competitions suspended during the 2019-20 seasonâ€ under these conditions and if local legislation is respected.
Meyer also is chairing the newly established UEFA medical sub group which is examining the health issues surrounding a return to football.
The Womenâ€™s PGA Championship has been rescheduled for Oct. 6-11 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The major championship was to be played from June 23-28 at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania.
The ANA Inspiration and the U.S. Womenâ€™s Open are the other U.S.-based majors in the womenâ€™s game. They have already been rescheduled.
There are five womenâ€™s majors. The Evian Championship and the Womenâ€™s British Open are both scheduled for August and have yet to be postponed.
Sebastian Coe says he is â€œgenuinely hoping that the pandemic will have been curtailedâ€ by next year so the Tokyo Olympics can open in July 2021.
Coe is the president of World Athletics. He says â€œitâ€™s pretty clear though that you couldnâ€™t go on forever postponing an Olympic Games. There comes a point where you do have to start posing questions. I hope weâ€™re a little way off that yet.â€
IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last month when the delay was announced that the Tokyo Games would not be held beyond the summer of 2021.
Coe also says he doesnâ€™t â€œknow enough to even speculate about vaccines.â€
Japan Medical Association president Yoshitake Yokokura said Tuesday it would be difficult to hold the Olympics unless effective vaccines are developed.
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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