The two fighters were slated to face each other on 18 April in Brooklyn, New York. However, the prospects for their fight were dampened by the spread of the coronavirus which prompted the New York authorities to ban public events that gather more than 500 people.
Spanish authorities previously suspended La Liga games and introduced mass lockdowns due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to official data, there are over 6,300 infected and almost 200 dead from the disease, which makes Spain the second worst-hit country in Europe, after Italy.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A team member of UK boxing champion Tyson Fury attempted to bribe a farmer for lying that he had sold wild boar meat to the athlete, so that the latter could explain his failed doping test in 2015.
The Chinese COVID-19 virus continues its contagious hike across the globe, and disturbing stats of those infected and killed are updated hourly. Authorities worldwide have imposed tough measures to combat the spread of the outbreak, including strict bans on mass events and the postponement of public gatherings, including sports tournaments.
The two professional footballers were teammates at Old Trafford from 2004, when the Englishman first joined the club, until his Portuguese friend left the Premier League in 2009 to play for Real Madrid.
The COVID-19 coronavirus, which has infected more than 140,000 people around the world, has also resulted in the cancellation of major sports events, including the NBA season, the UEFA Champions League, and the London Marathon.
The famous footballer ended up in Paraguayan prison over accusations of using a fake passport to enter the country. Several media outlets earlier reported that the now-retired athlete was stripped of his Brazilian and Spanish passports by authorities over debts and unpaid taxes.
French Olympic champion Martin Fourcade, 31, thanked "opponents and teammates" with whom he has been competing during his 20-year biathlon career, adding that fans, media, and the biathlon community have "turned this individual career into a collective adventure".
In January 2019 Cardiff City, facing relegation from the English Premier League, signed a new striker whose goals they hoped would save them. But Emiliano Sala never played a game for them because he was killed when the light aircraft he was on crashed into the English Channel.
The plane, carrying Argentine professional footballer Emiliano Raul Sala Taffarel and pilot David Ibbotson, disappeared from the radars on 21 January 2019 and was located in the English Channel in last February.
On 11 March, Japanese organising committee board member Haruyuki Takahashi told The Wall Street Journal that the 2020 Summer Olympics may be postponed for one or two years over the COVID-19 outbreak, but not cancelled.
The news comes after Spain's La Liga, the Dutch Eredivisie, Portugal's Primeira Liga, and Italian Serie A were suspended due to the spread of the disease, while the German Bundesliga's fate is still up in the air.
TOKYO (Sputnik) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told US President Donald Trump, who had earlier called to delay the 2020 Summer Olympics over the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that Japan was preparing for the games in line with its initial plans, Kyodo reported on Friday.
Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. announced Thursday that Spring Training for the league would be suspended, and that opening day would be pushed back by two weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The National Hockey League (NHL) said on Thursday it suspended the competitions due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Earlier this month, the Russian Sports Ministry restored accreditation for the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF), a month after it was suspended over non-compliance with the obligations to prevent doping.
Wednesday's Champions League clash at Anfield left Liverpool's fans disappointed after Spanish giants Atletico Madrid managed to come back from a 2-0 deficit in extra time and ended the Reds' defence of the title.
According to recent reports, there are at least 1,100 cases of coronavirus in the United States, with the death toll now at 38. Washington DC had to declare a state of emergency due to the outbreak of the disease earlier this week.
Earlier this week, a member of the executive board for the Japanese organising committee, Haruyuki Takahashi, said as quoted by The Wall Street Journal that if the Olympics couldn't go ahead this summer in Tokyo because of the spreading coronavirus, a realistic option would be to simply delay the event by one or two years.