BOXING could be one of the few sports to continue behind closed doors despite the outbreak of Covid-19. 

Most sports have shut down due to the coronavirus but the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) may look at requests to stage fights without fans. 

It announced “all public tournaments under the jurisdiction of the British Boxing Board of Control are unfortunately cancelled.

“Further consideration of the matter will take place at the beginning of April,” a statement read.

"We have a number of requests for tournaments to be held behind closed doors however, the practicality and logistics will be considered fully following advice from board medical officers."

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua's world heavyweight title fight against Kubrat Pulev on June 20 could be moved to July according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

The 30-year-old Brit is due to defend his WBA, WBO and IBF belts at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

"We do have a potential date in July but, right now, we are hoping June 20 can remain the date," said Hearn.

All other sporting announcements have been about postponing or cancelling all events.

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All horse racing in Great Britain will be suspended from Wednesday until the end of April.

On Monday it was announced that racing would continue behind closed doors with Tuesday's meetings at Wetherby and Taunton going ahead without spectators.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said the decision would be kept under "constant review".

Nick Rust, the chief executive of the BHA, said: "This is a national emergency the like of which most of us have never seen before.

"We're a sport that is proud of its connection to rural communities and to the local businesses that support our industry. But our first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff so we have decided to suspend racing following the government's latest advice."

Racing in Ireland continues behind closed doors with the Irish Grand National meeting planned for April 11-13 and the Punchestown festival still scheduled to start on April 28.

America's Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled from May 2 to September 5.

It will be the first time for 75 years, since World War II, that the event is not staged on the first Saturday in May.


England Athletics has advised all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

That stance was quickly followed by their counterparts in Wales and Scotland.

On the global stage, the first three meetings of the Diamond League have been postponed.

“Due to the growing number of countries affected by the COVID-19 virus, the first three meetings of the 2020 Wanda Diamond League season, scheduled for April 17 in Qatar, and May 9 and 16 in China, cannot be held as planned,” a statement read.

“Efforts will be made to hold them later in the season. Stockholm on May 24 becomes the new season-opener at this stage.”


A statement from England Hockey has suspended its activities until April 15 and "would urge leagues, clubs, schools, player pathway centres and others who deliver hockey on a local level to support this approach". 

It read: "In light of the ongoing effects of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and government advice, England Hockey has taken the decision to suspend its nationally-run hockey activity.

"This includes our competition and domestic events programme, player pathway activity and national youth programmes until at least April 15."


Snooker's Tour Championship in Llandudno has been postponed.

World Snooker had hoped to run the event for the world's top eight players behind closed doors.

It was called off on the morning of the tournament with organisers hopeful it can take place between July 21-26.

In a statement World Snooker said: "We appreciate this is very short notice and a disappointment for the fans and the television audience, however the assessment could only be made at short notice after yesterday's announcement from the government at 5pm.

"Announcements on future events, including the World Championship, will be made in due course, with all scenarios to be considered depending on further government advice."

The World Championship is scheduled to start at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield on Saturday, April 18 with qualifiers at the English Institute of Sport in the city the previous week.


The PDC Development Tour events on March 21-22 and the Players Championship weekend on March 28-29 are to be postponed.

Three nights of the Unibet Premier League and a trio of PDC European Tour events have already been postponed.

With restrictions being implemented in the UK alongside further worldwide measures, the PDC has opted to postpone the next two weekends of non-televised events.

PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter said: "The health and wellbeing of players, fans, officials and staff at events has been at the forefront of our thoughts over the past week during an unprecedented time for everyone worldwide.

"We issued precautionary measures around last week's Unibet Premier League night in Liverpool and Players Championship events to keep everyone as safe as possible.

"However, following Monday's announcements and further discussions with stakeholders including the PDPA and venues, we feel it is in the best interests of everyone involved in the sport to postpone the forthcoming Development Tour and Players Championship weekends during March.

"We had hoped to provide as many playing opportunities as possible for players in the coming weeks, and will work to rearrange these events during 2020."


British Swimming has cancelled Olympic swimming trials and announced the FINA Diving World Series, scheduled to take place in London at the end of the month, will not take place.

The Tokyo 2020 trials were scheduled to run from 14-19 April, also at the London Aquatics Centre.

As a result of the changes, which impact Olympic and Paralympic qualification guidelines, British Swimming will review their policy on selection for the Tokyo 2020 Games.


Organisers of British point to point racing have announced the season is over.

The measure affects local meetings such as those held at Chaddesley Corbett which had been due to host an event on Saturday, April 18.

“This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people's livelihoods are involved,” read a statement.

“However, the prime minister's words last night made clear that everyone should minimise social contact and non-essential travel.

“Furthermore, our sport creates some medical burden, both on the course and potentially at the hospitals, where it would be unwelcome under the current circumstances.

“The PPA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep this season going so successfully until now, often under very trying circumstances.

“We will now be working on preparations to ensure that we start next autumn in the same successful manner as last and will soon be in touch with many of you for your thoughts and ideas.”


British Cycling is suspending all sanctioned cycling activities, including racing, recreational rides and education courses, until at least April 30 following the updated advice from the government.

"We fully understand and appreciate the financial, social and community impact that this suspension could have,” said chief executive Julie Harrington.

“We are working now to ensure that cycling is in the best possible health once the suspension can be lifted.

"As I'm sure everyone can appreciate, these are truly unprecedented circumstances, and while we will be doing all we can to retain a sense of normality and continuity, it may take some time to return to full capacity as an organisation and as a sport once this situation has been resolved."