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Olympic Games postponed - now it hits a mega boxing match


To prevent the spread of the corona virus, leagues and associations all over the world are ceasing to operate. A major sporting event was canceled for the first time since 1946.

To prevent the spread of the corona virus, leagues and associations all over the world are ceasing to operate. A major sporting event was canceled for the first time since 1946.

  • The spread of the corona virus has "massive effects" on professional sports in Germany and around the world.
  • Numerous leagues and associations have stopped playing.
  • There are cancellations in ice hockey , cycling and handball .

Update of March 25, 2020: The corona virus continues to lead to numerous cancellations in professional sports. After the end of Olympia 2020 , boxing is now also affected.

The World Cup fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder , which was scheduled for June 18, 2020, will now fall into the water. The mega fight would have been the third duel between the two polarizing heavyweights. It was only in February that Fury defeated Wilder in an entertaining fight through technical knockout round seven. The first clash ended in a controversial tie.

"We don't even know if the MGM will be open again," said Fury's co-promoter Bob Arum to the American television station ESPN. The fight was originally supposed to take place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Nevada.

According to Bob Arum, a new fight date for autumn should now be found: “Everyone has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated. It is part of what is happening in the world. Maybe there will be a fight in early October. "

Olympic games before postponement? - IOC member is certain: "resolved matter"

March 23 update: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is said to be relocating the Tokyo Olympics this year in the face of the corona crisis. "Based on the information available to the IOC, the move has been decided," said longtime IOC member Dick Pound after a phone interview with the USA Today newspaper. The parameters for further action have not yet been set, "but the games will not start on July 24, I know that much," added the Canadian.

The 78-year-old Pound, IOC member since 1978, also claimed that the IOC would announce its next steps soon. "It will come in stages. We will postpone it and then deal with all the consequences that result from it and that are immense."

Postponement of the Olympic Games: "It is the right of every IOC member ..."

The IOC, however, referred to Pound's statements as the interpretation of an individual. They relied on the recent announcement that a decision will be made within the next four weeks. "It is the right of every IOC member to interpret yesterday's IOC executive decision," a spokesman told SID.

For the first time since 1946! “Hard reality” - no major sporting event takes place

Update of March 21: The makers delayed the cancellation for a long time, but the corona pandemic left them with no other choice: The ice hockey world championship in Switzerland (May 8 to 24) was officially canceled on Saturday. The World Association IIHF announced this decision.

This is the first time since 1946 that the annual World Cup has been canceled, which should tear a deep financial hole for the organizers and associations. The World Cup tournament was budgeted for more than 30 million euros . More than 300,000 tickets had already been sold.

"It is a tough reality that the international ice hockey family has to face, but we have to accept it," said IIHF President Rene Fasel. The world association must do everything possible to support the global fight against the corona virus: "We must now put the sport aside and help the government authorities and the ice hockey family."

Moving the tournament, which should have taken place in Zurich and Lausanne, to another country was out of the question. Whether the World Cup in Switzerland can be made up for in another year will be discussed at the next IIHF congress. The upcoming World Cup hosts by 2025 are already known: Belarus together with Latvia (2021), Finland (2022), Russia (2023), the Czech Republic (2024) and Sweden together with Denmark (2025).

Corona virus: basketball superstar infected - pandemic reaches further top leagues

Update from March 19: The corona virus has a firm grip on the world. The sporting events are canceled everywhere so that no crowds meet and the risk of infection is reduced.

But sport does not stop everywhere. WWE WrestleMania takes place in the USA! However, not in Tampa Bay as planned, but in a gym in Orlando.

“In consultation with local partners and authorities, WrestleMania will not take place in Tampa Bay. However, WrestleMania will air on April 5 on the WWE Network, ”wrote the WWE in its press release:“ Only a limited number of people will be allowed to produce WrestleMania at WWE's own training facility in Orlando. ”

WrestleMania without fans? That has never been done before. It is bizarre, you could already see that in “SmackDown vs. Raw "last.

STUNNER STUNNER STUNNER #Raw # 316Day @steveaustinBSR

- WWE (@WWE) March 17, 2020

However, the whole thing could also be canceled because US President Donald Trump made the recommendation that the maximum of ten people can be in one place at the same time - and that is not the case with WrestleMania.

Update from March 18: The Bundesliga season of German handball players will not be resumed. The Corona pandemic made the termination necessary, the HBF board decided. The 1st and 2nd Bundesliga immediately end their season.

Corona: Association cancels handball season - ghost games not an option

"Games closed to the public would place an unreasonable burden on the clubs due to the associated loss of revenue in the area of ​​ticketing and sponsoring , " said the handball association of the German Press Agency Season facing enormous, unprecedented economic challenges. "

Corona: women's handball federal leagues canceled - who dismounts, who promoted?

So there are no sporting relegations in either league and there won't be any, it is said. Possible promoters and the allocation of international starting places should be discussed at the appropriate time.

Basketball superstar infected with corona virus - pandemic reaches further top leagues

7:02 a.m .: After the postponement of the French Open of tennis professionals due to the corona crisis in September, the US Open is also reviewing a change in dates . "These are unprecedented times, however, and we're reviewing all of our options, including the option to reschedule the tournament," said the organizers of the New York Grand Slam tournament.

The US Open, like the French Open one of the four top tournaments on the tennis tour, is supposed to take place on August 31st to September 13th in New York on hard court.

6.57 a.m .: There is the first confirmed coronavirus case in the North American ice hockey league NHL . An unnamed Ottawa Senator player had tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 , the club from the capital of Canada said on Tuesday evening (local time). He has mild symptoms and is in quarantine . Therefore, his teammates should also remain in self-isolation.

The Senators last played against the Kings in Los Angeles before the NHL interruption because of the global coronavirus pandemic. Former national coach Marco Sturm works there as an assistant coach.

NBA star Kevin Durant tested positive for coronavirus

Update from March 18, 6.52 a.m .: Superstar Kevin Durant and three other Brooklyn Nets professionals from the North American professional basketball league NBA have tested positive for the corona virus . The club did not disclose the names of the professionals concerned, Durant confirmed his infection to the portal The Athletic .

"We'll get through there," said Durant, two-time champion, who is working on his comeback after an Achilles tendon tear. He is fine, one of the four affected athletes has symptoms, according to the club.

Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets players who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. @ KDTrey5 tells @ShamsCharania that he is feeling fine.

More from @TheAthleticNBA ⤵️

- The Athletic (@TheAthletic) March 17, 2020

All players and employees of the Nets are now in isolation and are in close contact with the medical department. Three previously known NBA players had previously been infected with the virus. In addition to Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell (both Utah Jazz ), Christian Wood ( Detroit Pistons ) is also affected. Since Gobert's positive test result was announced last week, the ball has been at rest in the NBA.

Corona pandemic: DHB star tested positive - entire handball team in quarantine

Update from March 17th, 10:39 pm : Shock for the DHB team ! As reported by the DPA on Monday evening, Kreisläufer Jannik Kohlbacher tested positive for coronavirus.

Since the DHB boys had met last week for the course in Aschersleben, the entire team now has to be in quarantine for two weeks - including the supervisors around the new national coach Alfred Gislason .

The 24-year-old Kohlbacher is the second professional of the Rhein-Neckar Löwen who has been tested positive.

It had previously been identified by the Danish international Mads Mensah . These are the first two known cases of Bundesliga professionals infected with the corona virus.

Corona pandemic: volleyball clubs sell ghost tickets - French Open postponed

5:09 p.m .: The organizers of the French Open reacted to the corona crisis and moved the most famous tennis clay tennis tournament to autumn. This became known on Tuesday. The Grand Slam event is to take place from September 20 to October 4 . The French Open was originally planned from May 24th to June 7th. France is severely affected by the corona pandemic, as of Tuesday afternoon 148 people had died of COVID-19 there.

Corona virus crisis: German volleyball clubs sell ghost tickets

3:50 p.m .: Volleyball fans in Germany can support their clubs financially in times of the corona crisis with a creative measure. After the premature end of the volleyball league season, many clubs introduced so-called " ghost tickets ".

Spectators who have already bought an admission ticket to a game can waive the refund and thus help the clubs in times of economic uncertainty. "We think this idea is very good and are pleased that so many spectators are ready to help us," said Guido Heerstraß, managing director of record cup winner VfB Friedrichshafen.

It is not yet clear how the sporting game will continue after the abrupt end in the coming season. A regulation is to decide on the final ranking of the table in the men's Bundesliga and the resulting allocation of starting places in the European cup competitions, which is currently being developed together with the German Volleyball Association (DVV). The financial consequences of the corona virus are also a major issue for German professional football players.

Update from March 17: The German football Bundesliga GFL postponed its start to the season by five weeks due to the corona pandemic. The first day of the game is now scheduled to take place on Pentecost weekend (30/31 May) in order to be able to hold the season in any case. This was decided by the league directorate together with the American Football Association Germany AFVD.

"We didn't take the decision lightly," said league spokesman Carsten Dalkowski: "But the clubs now need planning certainty for the coming weeks at short notice. With the decision made now, the GFL keeps all options open and can react flexibly to new developments."

"Hysteria": Brazil's president railing against the cancellation of football and other things

Update from March 16, 10:51 p.m .: The Handball Bundesliga (HBL) will not cancel its first division season, which was currently interrupted due to the corona crisis . The 18 Bundesliga teams made this decision at an extraordinary general meeting on Monday. The current season will therefore remain suspended until April 22nd .

“The session was very constructive. We are all in the same boat and row very vigorously in the same direction so that we can maintain liquidity at our locations, "HBL President Uwe Schwenker told SID:" An early end of the season is currently out of the question for us. "

02.05 p.m .: Strange news from Spain: China's soccer club FC Wuhan Zall returns home after weeks of uncertainty about the corona pandemic . "We will feel safer in China than in Spain," said coach Jose Gonzalez of the Süddeutsche Zeitung .

12.30 p.m .: Jair Bolsonaro has called cancellations in sports because of the coronavirus pandemic "hysteria". “If you ban football and other things, you get hysterical. Banning this and that will not curb the spread, ”said the President of Brazil on CNN Brasil , stressing:“ We have to act, the virus can become a serious problem . But the economy has to work , because we cannot have a wave of unemployment. ”Conmebol, the association of South America, had recently postponed the Copa Libertadores games. The games of the continent's World Cup qualification, which were scheduled for the end of March, have also been canceled until further notice.

Despite the corona pandemic , the ball rolled over the weekend in Brazil's state championships. Mostly without spectators, but with players. These demonstrated their displeasure at the inconsistency of the associations: top club Gremio Porto Alegre came in with protective masks in protest ;

12.11 p.m .: Managing Director Marko Pesic from FC Bayern Basketball commented on the effects of the corona crisis on the BBL. “Many clubs will have big problems. We are also at risk if we are not careful, ”said the 43-year-old in the“ double pass ”at SPORT1 . A league rival's spokesman made an invoice for the lack of revenue.

Bitter prospects for US sports fans: There may be a standstill by May

Update from March 16, 9:15 am: Sports fans are going through tough times. Not only does the spread of the coronavirus pose a health hazard, but the professional people have stopped operating for the time being and there is a risk of boredom. In view of the current crisis, sport in the USA has to prepare for a break until at least mid-May . The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommended that major events such as sporting events should be canceled or postponed in the next eight weeks. "Large events and mass gatherings can help visitors spread COVID-19 in the United States," said a statement. Following this recommendation, the break for sporting events would now last until May 10th.

The NBA was the first league to stop playing last week after a positive test by Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz). Curiously, he had made fun of the supposedly exaggerated hysteria on a PK shortly before:

A few days ago, professional basketball player Rudy #Gobert didn't seem to take questions about #Corona seriously and made fun of touching all the mics.

Now he has been tested positive for the #Corona virus and the # NBA season is interrupted. @ Sportschau

- Deutschlandfunk Sport (@DLF_Sport) March 12, 2020

There are now three official cases of infected basketball players known. The NHL with German superstar Leon Draisaitl is also suspended.

Corona: Olympic rowing qualification and rest of the World Cup canceled

10:38 p.m .: Bad news for all curling friends . After the Women's World Cup, the Men's World Cup has now been canceled . The fact that the title fights do not take place creates a rat tail, because that would have made qualifying for the Olympic Winter Games 2022 in Beijing work. It remains to be seen how the association will intercept the failure.

However, rowing is even more acute. The ripcord was also pulled here, but the Summer Olympics in Tokyo are just around the corner. The rudder qualification and the last World Cup races would have taken place by April.

"We hope that the FISA (World Rowing Association, DR) will find a good solution for the outstanding qualifications," national coach Uwe Bender has to say. The games should start on July 24th . Whether the qualification will be rescheduled by then is questionable, but that is, after all, the Olympics themselves.

Corona virus: will the handball Bundesliga be canceled?

Update from March 14, 3:51 p.m .: "For me, the most tangible thing right now is that you start from scratch , that you just play the season again - but then again from September", DHfK manager Karsten Günther explains a possible termination of handball Season .

Of course you want to end the season, but you have to calm down the Corona crisis in a timely manner, he explains in an interview with "Sport in the East". Common sense suggests, however, that the Handbal Bundesliga will no longer play .

Corona virus: Bad news for German handball players - classic bikes are postponed

7:09 p.m .: The next major sporting event has to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic .

Specifically: The London Marathon will be postponed by almost half a year. The organizers announced this Friday. The long-distance run is now to take place on October 4 instead of April 26th.

"The world is in an unprecedented situation with a global Covid 19 pandemic and public health is paramount," said event director Hugh Brasher. He assured that all registered runners could take part in the new appointment at no additional cost.

Handball: Coronavirus alarm at the SG Flensburg-Handewitt

18:58: Corona alarm at the top German handball team SG Flensburg-Handewitt .

Former handball world champion Holger Glandorf is in quarantine for 14 days. The reason for the step is that the son of the left-hander from the German master SG Flensburg-Handewitt had contact with a person infected with the corona virus. According to the club, it is a "pure precautionary measure" since there are no signs of infection in either of them.


Handball world champion from 2007: Holger Glandorf from SG Flensburg-Handewitt.

© picture alliance / dpa / Uwe Anspach

SG team doctor Dr. Torsten Ahnsel recommended the step after consultation with the Schleswig-Flensburg health office.

Since the entire Flensburg team trained together before the case became known, the players will initially work individually. The professionals were also asked to "stay mainly in the family environment".

SG Managing Director Dierk # Schmäschke on relocating @ehfcl:

"The fact that EHF is now making this decision is only logical. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the many encouraging encouragements and the solidarity of our fans and partners." # SGPower❤️

- SG Fle-Ha (@SGFleHa) March 13, 2020

"We are aware of our responsibility and would also like to raise the awareness of others with this measure," said Managing Director Dierk Schmäschke: "The fact that an infected person has now had contact with a child of a player is reason enough for us that there is a risk of infection for our players and employees to be kept as low as possible. "

The Handball Bundesliga (HBL) had suspended its game operations until April 23 for the time being.

Olympic qualification tournament of the DHB team in Berlin has to be postponed

16:13: The German handball players may not contest their Olympic qualifying tournament in April. The event in Berlin was postponed to June due to the corona pandemic.

The German Handball Federation (DHB) announced on Friday after the world association IHF had planned to hold the tournament on Thursday without spectators.

Important update to the Olympic qualification:
@Ihf_info moved the tournament to June! Tickets already purchased remain valid, more information will follow as soon as we can say more #aufgehtsDHB #Handball @TeamD

- DHB_Nationalalteams (@DHB_Teams) March 13, 2020

2:44 pm: The start of this year's Giro d'Italia will be postponed. The 103rd edition of the classic bike should have started on May 9 with a single time trial in Budapest, Hungary's capital. The following two flat stages in Hungary have now been deleted. A new launch date will not be announced before April 3rd.

RCS Sport 2020 #Giro d'Italia date postponed >>> | @rcssport posticipa la data del #Giro d'Italia 2020 >>>

- Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) March 13, 2020

Update of March 13, 2020, 7.39 a.m .: The US PGA tour for professional golfers canceled the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach / Florida due to the coronavirus pandemic after the opening round. "We are sorry to announce the cancellation of the Players Championship," said a spokesman for the tour. The players were explained the demolition with a "rapidly changing situation".

The next decision followed shortly afterwards: The US Masters was relocated. "Given the latest information and expert analysis, we decided at this point to postpone the Masters," said tournament director Fred Ridley. The tournament was to be held in Augusta in early April.

Coronavirus: NBA, NHL, DBV, HBL and BBL stop playing

Update from March 12, 2020, 10:53 p.m .: On the US tour of professional golfers, the next three tournaments have been canceled due to the corona virus. Among other things, the first major of the season planned for early April does not take place in Rancho Mirage / California. The tournaments are to be rescheduled later this year. In addition to Rancho Mirage, Phoenix / Arizona (March 19-22) and Carlsbad / California (March 26-29) are also affected.

For the men, no spectators are allowed until the end of the Texas Open in San Antonio (April 2nd to 5th).

Update from March 12, 2020, 10:08 p.m .: The test game of the German handball players against the Netherlands planned for this Friday has been canceled due to the spread of the corona virus . At the direction of the Ministry of Health and the Environment, the Dutch association suspends all game operations and thus also activities of the national team, as the German Handball Association (DHB) announced.

The Dutch had only arrived in Dessau on Thursday afternoon, the game should have taken place in Magdeburg. This is also the debut of the new national coach Alfred Gislason .

Update of March 12, 2020, 10:05 p.m .: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the German volleyball Bundesliga has ended its game play for men and women for this season. There is no German champion for the 2019/20 season, but no relegation either . For the final table and the allocation of European Cup starting places, a regulation is now being worked out together with the German Volleyball Association, the league said.

Update from March 12, 2020, 9:51 p.m .: Basketball player Rudy Gobert made a public apology after his positive Covid 19 test in a tweet . "I've had a lot of emotions since I found out about my diagnosis, mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment," wrote the Utah Jazz professional . "The most important thing is that I want to publicly apologize to the people I may have endangered," said Gobert.

- Rudy Gobert (@ rudygobert27) March 12, 2020

Update of March 12, 2020, 9:35 p.m .: The traditional "March Madness" of the US basketball college league NCAA is canceled this year. Because of the corona virus , the tournament, which was hugely popular with American fans, was canceled, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced.

Update from March 12, 2020, 7.20 p.m .: The Cross-Country World Cup scheduled for Tuesday in Minneapolis (USA) and the World Cup final the following weekend in Canmore, Canada, have been canceled due to the corona crisis. The "health and well-being" of everyone involved is in the foreground, said the international ski association FIS, and the new travel restrictions also made the situation more difficult. As of Friday, Europeans are no longer allowed to enter the USA.

Corona virus in sports: NHL suspends game operations

Update from March 12, 2020, 7:04 p.m .: The NHL is the second of the major North American professional leagues to stop playing. The 31 ice hockey teams have an indefinite break because of the corona crisis, the league announced on Thursday. The decision was made in consultation with medical professionals. Previously, the professional basketball league NBA had pulled the ripcord and stopped their season with 189 remaining main round games.

Corona virus in sports: Handball Bundesliga paused

Update from March 12, 2020, 6:48 p.m .: Due to the Corona crisis, the Handball Bundesliga (HBL) will cease its operations until April 23. The HBL leadership reacted to the possible health threats to players and spectators by being infected with the corona virus.

"Nobody knows how things will develop in the coming weeks. But there is also a social responsibility that we take for granted," HBL spokesman Oliver Lücke told SID. After that, the Final Four, the final round of the DHB Cup, will also be held. The appointment on 4./5. April had lapsed after the health authorities of the Free and Hanseatic City, beginning on March 13, initially prohibited all events with more than 1000 participants. The Barclaycard-Arena, which has been sold out for weeks, offers space for more than 12,000 spectators.

Corona virus in sports: DBV doesn't let you fight anymore

Update from March 12, 2020, 5:14 p.m .: The German Boxing Association (DBV) has stopped its sports operations until June 29 due to the spread of the corona virus . This affects the Bundesliga fights, the Cologne Boxing World Cup from June 17 to 20, the various German youth championships from U15 to U19 and participation in the U19 European Championship, the DBV announced on Thursday. Only the preparation of the national team for the Olympic Games is to be continued.

"This drastic decision was made based on the recommendations of the authorities and the Robert Koch Institute," said DBV President Erich Dreke. "We strongly recommend that our national associations and subdivisions take the same measures."

Corona virus in sports: BBL stops playing

Update from March 12, 2020, 4:17 p.m .: The Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) temporarily ceases to play due to the corona crisis. This was announced by the BBL on Thursday after a meeting in Stuttgart. In contrast to the DEL, which ended its season prematurely, the basketball players hope to be able to continue their series later in the year.

"In careful consideration and taking into account the top priority to counteract the further spread of the corona virus, it was unanimously decided to suspend the game operations of the easyCredit Basketball Bundesliga until further notice," said a message from the league.

This already affects the 23rd match day planned for the coming weekend. The goal remains to "end the 2019/2020 season in an orderly fashion at a later date ." Within the next 14 days, the club representatives want to meet again "to discuss the current situation and possible scenarios and options for action again."

"There will be no one hundred percent solution," league boss Stefan Holz told SID before the decision was made: "Every solution is somehow bad, we have to weigh it up." the clubs are not a real option ghost games

Corona / Sport: professional bike test positive

Update from March 12, 2020, 3:52 p.m .: The coronavirus pandemic also affects cycling : Sprinter Fernando Gaviria was tested positive for the virus , as his team UAE Emirates announced on Thursday. Gaviria is now doing well again, as the 25-year-old Colombian said in a specially recorded video message. Gaviria was in quarantine after the canceled UAE tour after complaining of a high fever. He is considered one of the best sprinters in the cycling scene.

Update of March 12, 2020, 11:25 a.m .: The World Basketball Association has decided to interrupt all competitions from this Friday until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced by FIBA ​​on Thursday. Affected are the Champions League and the FIBA Europe Cup , in which Bundesliga club medi Bayreuth qualified for the semi-finals on Wednesday evening. The game against U-BT Cluj Napoca already took place without spectators.

There will also be an interruption to the competition in the Euroleague .The organization announced on Thursday that it was in discussions with the clubs about how to proceed. A decision should be made during the day. It was initially unclear whether Alba Berlin's game at CSKA Moscow should take place on Thursday evening (6:00 p.m. / CET).

Coronavirus: NBA stops playing - Infected player recently made fun of measures

Update of March 12, 2020, 6:24 a.m .: After the first corona fall in the NBA , the North American professional basketball league will stop the game for the time being. The league announced on Wednesday evening (local time), the measure will take effect on Thursday. "The NBA will use this pause to take further steps to address the spread of the coronavirus, " the release said.

Previously, a pro from Utah Jazz had "provisionally" tested positive for the disease Covid-19 , which is caused by the virus. According to corresponding media reports, this is the French all-star Rudy Gobert (27).

The league had received the test result immediately before the start of the jazz championship game at Oklahoma City Thunder, team of German Dennis Schröder , on Wednesday evening. The encounter was then canceled at short notice. The affected player was not in the arena.

As Utah Jazz also announced, it was initially tested negative for influenza and streptococcal angina on Wednesday morning. As a precaution, the test for Covid-19 was then carried out.

In addition to Gobert , his teammate Emmanuel Mudiay was not part of the jazz squad due to an illness on Wednesday. It is spicy that Gobert of all people should be affected. Last Monday, after a press conference, the 27-year-old had demonstratively touched all the journalists' microphones and recording devices, apparently to point out what he considered to be excessive caution in connection with the spread of the virus.

Rudy Gobert Rudy Gorbert orrrrrh pfff

- Taah Teacero (@nothingbutdreek) March 12, 2020

Dallas Mavericks boss Mark Cuban was the first team owner to publicly respond to the interruption of the NBA season because of a positive test on Covid-19 professionals. "This is crazy, it cannot be true. It seems to be from a movie, not from reality, ”Cuban said in a live interview with ESPN on Wednesday evening (local time). Cuban emphasized that it was no longer about basketball. "If this just explodes, you're thinking of your family and want to make sure you're doing the right thing," said head of international Maxi Kleber.

Coronavirus: First professional league cancels the play-offs - the clubs in the Handball Bundesliga "are very tense"

Update from March 10, 7:15 p.m .: The corona virus has caused the first professional league in German sport to take a drastic step: The German Ice Hockey League (DEL) canceled the play-offs for the first time in its history due to the pandemic.

DEL: No 2020 ice hockey champion because of the corona virus

The result: There will not be a 100th German ice hockey champion for the time being. Main round winner Red Bull Munich, defending champion Adler Mannheim, for the first time the Straubing Tigers and Eisbären Berlin have at least qualified for the Champions League .


Main round winner in the DEL: the EHC Red Bull Munich.

© dpa / Lino Mirgeler

"We are extremely sorry for all clubs, partners and especially fans all over Germany that we have to make this decision," said DEL Managing Director Gernot Tripcke after hours of deliberations on Tuesday: "However, given the current developments, we have a duty to be responsible to deal with the situation. We at DEL focus on the health of our fans, players and employees. "

The DEL sees itself forced to end the 19/20 season early with immediate effect and does not let any playoffs play. There will be no master. The DEL thus follows the recommendations of Chancellor Merkel and Minister of Health Spahn.

- German Ice Hockey League (@DELofficial) March 10, 2020

The DEL did not choose the ghost games option . In play-offs without spectators, the clubs would only have had expenditure, but hardly any income - the spectator factor is much larger than in football. Gross revenue from 60,000 to over 200,000 would have been lost per game simply from ticket sales.

Something like this can sometimes threaten the existence of a professional club below football and the Bundesliga .

Coronavirus: Handball Bundesliga clubs "are very tense"

First announcement from March 10, 2020: The managing directors of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) and the Handball Bundesliga (HBL) strongly warn of the impending economic consequences of the Corona crisis for their sports.

“It's not just about three or four home games. It's about existential questions. The clubs are very tense for a reason, ”HBL boss Frank Bohmann told SID. BBL boss Stefan Holz said in the SID conversation: “It's about the things that are done. If the matchday proceeds break away, it won't work. "

Corona virus: criticism from the handball Bundesliga on crisis management

Wood wants to "raise awareness that professional sport will have a massive impact ". In contrast to the Bundesliga , ghost games are not a real option.

Supposedly, the football matches could now be broadcast free of charge on Sky and DAZN. The game in the round of 16 of the Champions League between RB Leipzig and Tottenham Hotspur (from 9 p.m. in the live ticker) will take place as planned and with fans.

Bohmann emphasized with a view to the politically prescribed limit of 1000 spectators : “Our professional league would have liked to have been more closely involved in the decision-making process. The 1000 mark seems completely arbitrary to us. "

In the HBL is talking now "is also about being able to save clubs in the summer, which is a priority". At an extraordinary general meeting on Monday, "you will go through different scenarios and then decide how we will react," said Bohmann. In addition to games in compliance with official requirements, there are extensive cancellations in the room.

Coronavirus: BBL and HBL warn of "massive effects"


Frank Bohmann

© dpa / Daniel Reinhardt

Handball champions SG Flensburg-Handewitt and Bundesliga leaders THW Kiel have to play their next home games in front of empty ranks. The reason is a decision by Schleswig-Holstein's state government on Tuesday to ban events involving more than 1000 people until April 10 due to the coronavirus.

At Kiel, the home games against Bergische HC on March 22nd and SC Magdeburg on March 26th affected two games in which the team of coach Filip Jicha was concerned with important points in the fight for the national title.

Bother me massively. Other countries: We pause / organize ghost games from x to y. Germany: Joa, NRW participates, Bavaria participates, but with us in Berlin there is no risk! The very fact that people from Bavaria are arriving is already torpedoing this logic.

- Justin Kraft (@Lahmsteiger) March 10, 2020

For the Flensburg players, the round of 16 first leg in the Champions League against French representative Montpellier HB on March 18, the chasing duel in the league against TSV Hannover-Burgdorf on March 22 and the game against TBV Lemgo Lippe are on the home schedule.

In this case, one has to “also take care of solutions that are offered by the state. The state has to assume its responsibilities, ”said Bohmann:“ Unlike in professional football , our clubs earn their money primarily from sponsoring and ticketing . ”The proceeds from tickets make up around a quarter of the Bundesliga clubs' budget.

Coronavirus: DEL playoffs could be canceled

The BBL is already meeting for a crisis meeting on Thursday . "We have not yet made a decision. There will be no one hundred percent solution, ”said Holz:“ Every solution is somehow bad, we have to weigh it up. ”If the season ended early, FC Bayern Basketball would be crowned German premature champion.

The next league game is scheduled for Friday with the game of Central German BC against the Giessen 46ers. The first handball Bundesliga has no games at the weekend due to an international match.

The German Ice Hockey League (DEL) is about to decide on how to proceed as a result of the corona virus. There is still no "final" decision, a spokesman for the league said on Tuesday: "We assess the situation today together with the clubs."

As a possible scenario, it cannot be ruled out that the season for the German ice hockey championship will be terminated prematurely and main round winner EHC Red Bull Munich will be declared the champion.

DEL champions without playoffs? Red Bull Munich waves title

"If we are not allowed to play, we are not allowed to play," said managing director Gernot Tripcke in the hockey news (Tuesday): "We will choose a champion." The DEL would "comply with all instructions from the authorities".

The first round of playoffs should begin on Wednesday in which the two remaining quarter-finalists will be determined. The ERC Ingolstadt meets the Augsburg Panthers . In the second duel in the best-of-three series, the Nürnberg Ice Tigers play against the Grizzlys Wolfsburg .

"It cannot be ruled out that the season will end prematurely on Tuesday afternoon and Munich will then be the first new German champion in the main round," said Nuremberg CEO Wolfgang Gastner of the Bild newspaper.

Public life comes to a standstill in many places due to the corona virus. Now Oscar winner Tom Hanks has been hit. He and his wife are infected. No country in Europe has hit the corona virus as badly as Italy. The actress Brigitte Nielsen fears for her children who live in the country. Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel appeals to the population in a video message. The corona crisis has meanwhile also had a direct impact on Germany's supermarkets.

dpa / sid / smk / pm

Rubric list picture: © dpa / Timo Jaakonaho

Source: merkur

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