The week of the League should be that of the Euro and the America's Cup




The League, the main professional competition in Spain, will return this next week just on the dates when the two great continental soccer tournaments should have started, the European Championship and the Copa América which have come out worse stopped from the scourge of coronavirus and will not be played until next year.

And the fact is that the pandemic complicates much more the organization of major international events, including sporting events, starting with the Olympic Games, also postponed to 2021 .

Twelve more months for the 12 Euro

Next Friday was the day set for the start of Euro 2020, which was going to be held for the first time in 12 cities in 12 different countries including Bilbao. On March 17 UEFA made the decision to postpone the tournament for one year .

The competition was to start on June 12 at the Olympic in Rome between Italy and Turkey and finish on July 12 with the final at the London stadium of Wembley .

At the end of March the playoffs were to be played to decide the last participating teams, including the one that must complete the group from Spain that would emerge from the confrontations Bosnia and Herzegovina / Northern Ireland and Slovakia / Republic of Ireland. Sweden and Poland are the other rivals of the Spanish team .

Before Spain's debut in the Eurocup, which was scheduled for June 15 in Bilbao against Sweden, Luis's team Enrique Martínez was going to play a warm-up match on Tuesday 9 against Lithuania in Santander.

This week, the Copa América of Argentina and Colombia will not start either, which would coincide with dates in the Euro . It has been rescheduled for next year between June 11 and July 11.

Conmebol made the decision to postpone the oldest team tournament in the world on March 17, when then coronavirus was spreading much faster on the other side of the Atlantic not like now. Its president, Alejandro Domínguez, said in a statement that it is "an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation and therefore responds to the fundamental need to avoid an exponential evolution of the virus."

The 47th edition of the America's Cup includes Australia and Qatar as guests. The inaugural match, out of a total of 38, was scheduled for June 12 at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, and the final for July 12 at the Barranquilla Metropolitan.

Restart the engine

Next weekend was also the one chosen for the 24 Hours dispute in France in Le Mans, the most legendary of endurance motorsport testing . But in April the decision was made to postpone them to September 19 and 20.

A virtual version of the test has been organized on the dates initially planned, in which the participation of Fernando Alonso has been announced. , who won the last two editions of the traditional race.

The Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix was also to be held next Sunday at the Gilles Villenuve circuit in Montreal, which was to be the ninth appointment of a championship that did not start, as planned, in Australia.

F1 confirms the European calendar without an audience with the Spanish GP in Montmeló in August

In April, the organization of this race announced that it will be held "as soon as it is safe" to do so. At the moment, F1 has only announced the return of the competition from July eight tests in Europe .

In addition, the Marco Simoncelli circuit in Misano (Italy) was to be the scene from a test of the Superbike World Championship a contest that could have started, but had to be interrupted as soon as the pandemic did; something similar to what happened with the World Motorcycling Championship (MotoGP).

In both cases it is expected that will resume in Jerez [19459108] in July behind closed doors.

Changes, returns and doubts

The Diamond League also had two appointments scheduled for this week: Thursday the 11th in Oslo and Saturday the 13th in Paris. The first has been transformed into a kind of exhibition under the name of Impossible Games with unusual tests and the participation of athletes such as the brothers Jakob, Henrik and Filip Ingebrigtsen, the Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot , the pertiguistas Armand Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie and the fourcentista Karsten Warholm, who will try to break the world record for the 300 hurdles . But the second, that of Paris, was postponed to September.

And many other sports, such as cycling, tennis or sailing which should be in full swing of their season, they will also have to wait still, especially at the international level.

Meanwhile, in Spain football will resume this Wednesday with a game of Second Division and on Thursday with one of First Division; and a week later the new final phase of the basketball league will begin, the ACB, the first elite competitions (the only two professionals, and the two male ones) that received authorization from the Government to return after confinement and always subject to the evolution of the health situation .

Thus an uncertain sports calendar is resumed.

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