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Events in Sport in March 2020

  • Mar 8 ICC T20 World Cup Women's Cricket, Melbourne: Defending champions Australia beats India by 85 runs; Beth Mooney [77no] Player of the Series; Alyssa Healy 75 off 39 balls MVP; crowd 86,174
  • Mar 8 BNP Paribas Open international tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, dubbed 'the 5th Grand Slam' is cancelled due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the safety of participants and attendees
  • Mar 11 NBA suspends 2019-20 season until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for the coronavirus
  • Mar 12 NHL announces the pausing of the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic; Commissioner Gary Bettman hopeful the postponement would not affect the Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • Mar 12 2020 NCAA men's basketball tournament is cancelled over concerns of the spreading coronavirus; first time 'March Madness' not held since it began in 1939; women's tournament also cancelled
  • Mar 13 12 hours after PGA Tour cancelled its flagship event, The Players Championship, Augusta National announces postponement of the Masters Tournament to a date to be fixed because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Mar 13 Elite football in Britain, including England's Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League plus in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is suspended until at least 3 April because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Mar 16 Major League Baseball suspends remainder of Spring Training and delays start of regular season in response to coronavirus pandemic; return dependant on recommendations by Centers for Disease Control
  • Mar 17 French Open becomes first Grand Slam tennis tournament to be postponed due to coronavirus pandemic; moves from May 24-June 7 to September 20-October 4; conflicts with Laver Cup men’s team event

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Mar 20 After 20 years with the New England Patriots, six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady officially agrees to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 2-year $50m guaranteed deal

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

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Mar 24 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until summer of 2021 because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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  • Mar 30 International Olympic Committee announces postponed 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held July 23-August 8 in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic