Covid-19: All our latest coverage on the impact to the global sports industry

Fukuoka’s staging of the Fina World Championships has been postponed once again by the global governing body of aquatic sports amid ongoing concern over the Covid-19 situation in Japan.

Host nation India has been forced to withdraw from the Women’s AFC Asian Cup after a Covid-19 outbreak within its squad meant it could not field a team against Chinese Taipei on Sunday.

The inaugural Parkour World Championship in Hiroshima, organised by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), has again been postponed due to the Covid-19 situation in Japan

The Chinese Football Association has reported a total financial loss of RMB50m ($7.8m/€7m) over the two years 2019 and 2020.

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In the latest video interview from SportBusiness, ATP chairman, Andrea Gaudenzi, speaks to Europe editor Ben Cronin about plans to resume the international tennis tour in August and his vision to centralise…
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Bruno Marty, senior vice-president of the ProSports unit at Infront, discusses the impact of  sport's Covid-19 induced liquidity crisis,  how properties can emerge stronger, the role of private equity i…
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LeagueApps president Jeremy Goldberg and Gators Baseball Academy partner Joe Lopez speak to SportBusiness US Editor Eric Fisher on the state of the $19bn American youth sports industry amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The second of a two-part series.
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LeagueApps president Jeremy Goldberg and Gators Baseball Academy partner Joe Lopez speak to SportBusiness US Editor Eric Fisher on the state of the $19bn American youth sports industry amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The first of a two-part series.
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League's standard contingency planning assumes greater prominence amid virus

Indian football's second-tier I-League has been suspended for at least six weeks due to an outbreak of Covid cases within its 'bio-secure bubble'

New provisions extend operational challenges for North American sports properties

Australia's T20 cricket Big Bash League may see out its 2021-22 season in a hub location in Melbourne due to Covid-related disruption, The Sydney Morning Herald has reported

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Having led sponsorships for major B2C and B2B brands in the US, Jared Melzer shares his perspectives around sponsorships and Black Lives Matter

Mohit Lalvani, founder and CEO of 1 Play Sports, the Singapore-based sports streaming services provider, identifies a potentially valuable avenue for sponsorship during the pandemic, that may resonate with the public and governments

In the second part of a two-part interview, the Football Australia commercial head Tom Rischbieth and comms head Peter Filopoulos discuss the landmark domestic media-rights deal with 10 ViacomCBS and the fed's global outlook.
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Despite the challenges, Tokyo 2020 delivered on the Olympic promise of uniting people around the world through sport, says Kathryn Rhodes associate director, business development, at CSM Asia.

With a curtailed Tokyo Olympics about to begin, it is clear there is a long road ahead out of the pandemic for the Asia-Pacific sports industry. Some admirable qualities traditionally associated with Japan could prove valuable along the way.

Luca Massaro, CEO of performance marketing agency WePlay, offers five marketing steps that will encourage fans back into stadiums once lockdown restrictions ease

Paul Hastings LLP attorney James "Bo" Pearl and law student Anna Alvarado explore the legal landscape around teams requiring Covid-19 vaccines to attend live events

Now is the time for rights-holders and cities to make the case for hosting sports events again, argues Lars Haue-Pedersen, head of BCW Sports

There is an expectation that sponsorship sales at premium sports properties tend to be more resilient during economic crises. Matthew Glendinning looks at whether big really has proven best during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Irish athlete Caradh O'Donovan says many athletes have not had appropriate training and qualification opportunities for this year's Olympics, and should have had a bigger say in the organisation of the postponed event

Cricket Australia's interim CEO Nick Hockley explains how his organisation had to adapt in order to deliver a full season of cricket in 2020-21. Kevin McCullagh reports.
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After going a full year without being able to sell any tickets, MLB clubs are embracing the restart of fan attendance in local markets. Eric Fisher reports.
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It took the NHL just a matter of seconds before deciding that Lake Tahoe would be the ideal spot for an outdoor tentpole event. The logistical challenges, however, have been significant, explains NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer.
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National Lacrosse League commissioner Nick Sakiewicz explains why the league is continuing to halt its play amid the Covid-19 pandemic and is instead preparing to return in the fall.

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Speaking to SportBusiness at the SportsInnovation conference in Düsseldorf, Andreas Heyden, executive vice-president of innovation at the DFL, explains why Bundesliga clubs should deploy 5G technology at their stadiums.
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Sport Singapore chief executive Lim Teck Yin sets out the vision for the city state's bid to host the World Athletics Championships in 2025. Kevin McCullagh reports.