Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned.
Abe says there were no discussions about postponing or canceling the games during talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, who suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics because of the spread of the coronavirus.
Abe said Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee, adding: "We have to overcome the spread of the infection and want to hold the Olympics and Paralympics as planned.”
The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 24-Aug. 9, and the Paralympics Aug. 25-Sept. 6.
Abe says the virus outbreak has not reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe.
Concern over the coronavirus continued to wreak havoc with the sports landscape around the world.
Halls to close
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its is closing temporarily because of the pandemic.
The museum in Canton, Ohio will be closed to the public from Monday through March 27. Hall officials said it “will continue to closely monitor the situation and maintain ongoing communication with state and local health officials.”
The Baseball Hall of Fame said it will close to the public beginning Sunday at 5 p.m. EST.
The Cooperstown, New York, shrine will provide updated information regarding this closure on each subsequent Sunday.
XFL player tests positive
The XFL said an unidentified player with the Seattle Dragons has tested positive for coronavirus.
The fledgling football league said the player reported his symptoms to team medical staff on Tuesday and has been in quarantine ever since. He was tested for COVID-19 and received the result Friday.
The league said the player participated in the Dragons’ March 7 game against the Roughnecks in Houston and a Feb. 29 game against the BattleHawks in St. Louis. He was asymptomatic at the time.
The league said it’s alerting players, staff, vendors and partners associated with the Dragons, Roughnecks and BattleHawks and is monitoring the situation closely.
Late Thursday, the XFL canceled the remainder of its season, which had five weeks left.
Liga MX: Game on
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The Mexican soccer league announced that the rest of its matches this weekend will be played with no fans, a day after starting the weekend with two games in which fans were in attendance.
While other leagues around the world suspended play, Liga MX insisted on going forward with its matches. Until now, the only change was banning pre-match handshakes due to the coronavirus.
But Mexico’s first division reversed course and decided to play in empty stadiums after consulting with the government.
The headliner match of the weekend was a Mexico City derby on Sunday night at Estadio Azteca between league leader Cruz Azul and third-place Club America. Attendance was expected to be around 60,000.
Mexico played some matches in empty stadiums during the 2009 outbreak of the H1N1 flu.
Serie A positives rise
Sampdoria midfielder Fabio Depaoli has announced he's tested positive for COVID-19.
He’s the 10th Serie A player in Italy confirmed positive and the sixth at Sampdoria.
The five other Sampdoria players who tested positive are: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby.
The other Serie A players who tested positive are Daniele Rugani at Juventus and Fiorentina teammates Dušan Vlahović , Germán Pezzella, Patrick Cutrone.
The men’s curling world championships in Scotland have been canceled, along with the mixed and senior events in Canada.
The World Curling Federation said that with hundreds of athletes and staff needing to travel to each tournament, “it is no longer possible to run these international events.”
The WCF said it acted on the advice of the Scottish government in canceling the men’s tournament, which had been scheduled for Glasgow from March 28 to April 5.
The mixed doubles and seniors events were to take place in Kelowna, British Columbia, from April 18-25.
The women’s world championships in Prince George, British Columbia, were canceled on Thursday.
The International Triathlon Union has suspended all of its competitions and activities from Monday to the end of April.
Major events postponed include the second world series event in Bermuda on April 18-19, and four World Cups in the United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico.
“World Triathlon will continue working during this time to try to reallocate the events after the 30th of April when possible, and will work with all stakeholders to undertake further actions if needed regarding the Olympic and Paralympic qualification rankings,” the ITU said.
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