The global spread COVID-19 is playing havoc sports events worldwide. After the WHO designated the coronavirus as a pandemic, many sports associations have taken measures to curb the spread the virus. Major sporting events are being suspended a daily basis. European football is coming to a standstill as Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A and other major leagues have suspended games the coming weeks. The Champions League could be suspended next summer. In other sports, the first grand prix the Formula 1 season has been cancelled in Australia; and the National Hockey League and National Basketball League have been suspended further notice.
The biggest concern sports fans is uncertainty the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japan's government has called preparations to continue as scheduled. The minister responsible the Olympics and Paralympics said it was "inconceivable" they would be cancelled. However, a member the organizing committee said it was "more realistic" to postpone the Games. U.S. President Donald Trump suggested Japan should consider postponing the Games. He said: "It's a shame because they built some really beautiful buildings." Sport is already being hit Japan. The nation's 15-day spring sumo tournament is being held closed doors in Osaka and a national high school baseball tournament has been cancelled.