Coronavirus comes for almost all the major sporting events: Here's what cancelled

The sporting world is feeling the weight of the COVID-19 outbreak that’s spread from China to most countries around the world, infecting well over 100,000 people and killing nearly 5,000 globally so far.This week, few industries were left untouched by the virus, which the World Health Organization has officially declared a global pandemic. The outbreak sent global stock markets spiraling, the U.S. implemented sweeping travel restrictions on European countries and companies have been forced to cancel conferences around the world. Cities and countries have issued quarantine orders, shuttered school districts and banned large gatherings in an attempt to curb the spread of the fatal virus

Here are some of the leagues that announced disruptions this week:

NBA suspends season

The seats are empty at the Amway Center in Orlando, home of the NBAs Orlando Magic, oThursday, March 12, 2020. The NBA has suspended the season due to the coronavirus. The National Basketball Association on Wednesday night suspended its season indefinitely, opening the floodgates of league decisions announced Thursday.

“The NBA is suspending gameplay following the conclusion of [Wednesday night’s] schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

NHL suspends season

The National Hockey League announced Thursday it was immediately suspending its 2019-2020 regular season.  “Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. Bettman said there is a concern “that some members of the NHL community would test positive at some point.”

Boston Marathon delayed

The Boston Marathon has been postponed until September because of the coronavirus, according to an official statement from the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). Originally scheduled for April 20, the marathon will now take place September 14.

“On matters of public health and safety we take our guidance from the officials entrusted with protecting the public in this area,” said Tom Grilk, CEO of the BAA. “We understand our role, along with our partners, in ensuring a safe environment for all participants, volunteers, spectators, and supporters that meets the standards set by those officials.”

WWE Wrestlemania 36 in Jeopardy

All signs point to a cancellation. And soon. But sources close to WWE have confirmed that McMahon wants to proceed with the event.

WWE released an official statement on Thursday:

“While we remain committed to hosting WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, April 5, we are putting contingency plans in place in the event that it is canceled by government officials, civil authorities and/or local venues. The health and safety of our fans, performers, and employees are our top priorities and we are monitoring the situation closely with our partners and government officials in Tampa Bay.”

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