The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
The search is on for a new host for the women’s European gymnastics championships.
European Gymnastics, the continental governing body, says that France isn’t able to host the championships if they’re rescheduled to the fall of 2020, so the “call for a new host is open.”
The championships were meant to take place in Paris from April 29 through May 3 as a tune-up ahead of the Olympics but were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. European Gymnastics is still hoping to stage them on a new date.
European Gymnastics says the men’s European championships will remain in host nation Azerbaijan on rescheduled dates later this year, and the rhythmic gymnastics championships will stay in Ukraine.
It’s looking for a new host for the European trampoline championships to replace Sweden. That event has been moved from this month to spring 2021.
The head of English soccer says he does not expect crowds to be allowed back into matches “any time soon.”
The Premier League and other soccer competitions in England have been suspended two months during the coronavirus pandemic.
The English Football Association, which owns Wembley Stadium and runs the national teams, is cutting its annual budget by 75 million pounds ($93 million) as it tries to offset a potential “worst-case scenario” deficit of 300 million pounds over the next four years.
FA chairman Greg Clarke says “with social distancing in place for some time to come we do face substantial changes to the whole football ecosystem.”
In a letter to the FA Council, Clarke says “it’s hard to foresee crowds of fans – who are the lifeblood of the game – returning to matches any time soon.”
The English Football League, which operates the three professional divisions below the Premier League, has told clubs games might be played without fans until 2021.
The Premier League is trying to find a way of restarting next month. Liverpool is 25 points clear with nine games remaining.
The FA Cup quarterfinals are yet to be played.
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