04/09 08:06 CDT The Latest: Cycling body struggling through pandemic
The Latest: Cycling body struggling through pandemic
By The Associated Press
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the
The International Cycling Union says it can get through its greatest crisis
since World War II with limited damage "as long as the situation does not last
longer than current predictions."
The UCI has received more than 650 requests for postponements or cancellations
from organizers because of the coronavirus pandemic. That represents 30% of its
The UCI says it is reimbursing all registration fees of canceled events to help
The UCI will take a considerable financial hit from paying those fees and it
also expects its Olympic revenue payment from the delayed Tokyo Games to be
postponed and likely reduced.
The UCI says its leadership has agreed to reduce salaries or allowances and
furloughed all 130 employees of the UCI and the world cycling center.
Australia's rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28.
The NRL has been suspended since March 23.
The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game
State of Origin series.
Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on
finalizing a competition. It will depend on border restrictions in New South
Wales and Victoria states and New Zealand opening up.
Pearce says "a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs
and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans."
He says "the situation is changing dramatically and we need to get moving. It
is in the best interests of our clubs, our players, our stakeholders and
importantly our fans that the competition resumes as quickly and as safely as
Australia's two-test cricket tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed
because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The first test was to start on June 11 in Chattogram. The second from June 19
Both were part of the world test championship. The final of that tournament is
scheduled for next June. Trying to find a new slot for the tests will be a
Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts says "the global cricket calendar is very
busy but we will do everything we can to honor our commitment to Bangladesh and
will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date."
The Bangladesh-Australia series is the second in the world championship to be
postponed. England returned home from Sri Lanka last month at the start of the
Southampton has become the first Premier League club to announce its players
will defer some of their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Premier League had wanted all squads to take a 30% pay cut but the move led
to a standoff with the players' union.
The league has been indefinitely suspended.
Southampton says players will defer part of their salaries in April, May and
June "to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and
the community we serve."
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhttl, his coaching staff and directors will
also defer some pay over three months.
Southampton says it has "put measures in place to ensure that all staff not
deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay,
paid in the normal way until 30th June."
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