Reuters Sports News Summary
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tokyo 2020 torch handover to take place in empty Athens stadium
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games flame handover in Athens next week will be done in an empty stadium amid the coronavirus outbreak, Greece’s Olympic Committee said on Sunday.Greece on Friday canceled the remainder of the domestic Olympic torch relay through the country to avoid attracting crowds a day after the Tokyo Games flame was lit in ancient Olympia.
Reports: Pistons’ Wood tests positive for coronavirus
Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood tested positive for coronavirus, multiple outlets reported Saturday night.Wood becomes the third known NBA player to test positive for the virus.Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, who played the Pistons last week, are the others.
British athlete Learmonth calls for Games to be postponed over coronavirus
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must give athletes some “clarity, transparency and flexibility” by postponing the Tokyo Games over the coronavirus pandemic, British athlete Guy Learmonth has said.
The flu-like virus which originated in China late last year has already killed over 6,000 people globally and infected more than 160,000.
Olympics: Injury blow for Afghan refugee boxer in Tokyo qualifiers
Stateless Afghan refugee boxer Farid Walizadeh suffered a blow to his hopes of fighting at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after injury ruled him out of a qualifying tournament in London on Sunday.Polish lightweight Damian Durkacz was given a walkover to the last 16 in the 57-63kg category as a result of the 22-year-old’s no-show.
Factbox: Sports events around the world hit by coronavirus pandemic
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NBA hiatus could be three-plus months
The NBA’s season — on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic — could be suspended for at least three months, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday night.Per the report, owners and executives are bracing for the possibility of mid-to-late June — a time when, in a normal year, the NBA Finals would typically be over — being the best-case scenario for play to resume.
Gobert sorry for not taking coronavirus more seriously
Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert, whose coronavirus diagnosis last Wednesday was the first domino that effectively shut down American sports, regrets not having taken the threat more seriously, he said in a social media post on Sunday.”I’ve been feeling a little better every single days,” the 27-year-old Frenchman said on the National Basketball Association (NBA) twitter feed.
Esports: No F1 but Verstappen and Norris still find a way to race
Formula One drivers Max Verstappen and Lando Norris were racing on Sunday but, with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix canceled due to the coronavirus, it was against invisible opponents on virtual racetracks.
The world of esports came to the rescue in the absence of a race in Melbourne or indeed of any single-seater series with the Formula E and IndyCar calendars also ravaged by the fast-spreading virus.
Australia, New Zealand farewell spectator sport as coronavirus curbs bite
The curtain lowered on spectator sport in Australia and New Zealand on Sunday, with fans watching top flight soccer and rugby matches at stadiums for the last time before crowd bans and border controls kick in to fight the spread of coronavirus.With sport at a virtual standstill across much of the globe, the Antipodean nations are among the last hold-outs for elite competition, even as infections rise and the noose tightens around international travel.
NFL notebook: Players approve 10-year CBA
NFL players approved the proposed collective bargaining agreement overnight, which will give the league labor peace through the 2030 season.The vote was 1,019 to 959 in favor of ratification, the NFL Players Association announced Sunday morning.Voting closed at 11:59 p.m.ET on Saturday..