Chronology of the main effects on Portuguese and world sport

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The covid-19 pandemic paralyzed sport a year ago and conditioned the holding of thousands of competitions, spearheaded by the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games, postponed for one year, until between July 23 and August 8.

Chronology of the main effects in Portuguese and world sport:

MARCH 2020

10th day

The emergency group created by the president of the Portuguese Football Federation, Fernando Gomes, decrees games behind closed doors in the 25th round of the I and II Leagues and in futsal competitions, while the amateur competitions can only have five thousand spectators and the echelons training courses for men and women are suspended until 28 March.

The 38th Tour of the Alentejo by bicycle, to be held from 18 to 22 March, is canceled.

The Portuguese Athletics Federation suspends participation in international competitions and the holding of events for an indefinite period.

The Clube de Portugal Marathon transfers the 30th edition of the Lisbon Half Marathon, scheduled for March 22, to September 6.

Day 11

The Portuguese federations of handball, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, roller hockey, volleyball and rugby suspend all competitions, most of them indefinitely.

The North American Basketball League (NBA) is suspended indefinitely.

Day 12

The Portuguese Football Federation indefinitely suspends the tests under its aegis, as does the Portuguese Professional Football League in relation to the I and II Leagues.

Eight teams compete behind closed doors for the quarter-finals of the 2019/20 edition of the Futsal Cup of Portugal, in Matosinhos, which would only be concluded between 27 and 29 December.

Portuguese canoeing, surfing and rowing federations suspend all competitions.

Formula 1 cancels the Australian Grand Prix, which runs from 13 to 15 March, which would open the 2020 edition of the world championship of the motorsport queen class.

Day 13

The UEFA Executive Committee suspends games for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, Europa League Round of 32 and Youth League Quarterfinals.

Portuguese swimming, tennis and table tennis federations suspend all national competitions scheduled for the coming months.

The Boston (from April 20 to September 14) and London (from April 26 to October 4) marathons, two of the top six held annually, are postponed.

Formula E interrupts the season for two months, after five races.

Day 16

The World Surf League postpones all events until the end of June.

Day 17

Euro2020, which should take place between 12 June and 12 July and in which the Portuguese team defends the title, is postponed for one year, from 11 June to 11 July 2021.

The 2020 Copa America, scheduled to take place on the same dates as the main European national team tournament, is also postponed from June 11 to July 10, 2021.

The UEFA Executive Committee postpones the final round of the League of Nations and the European under-21 and women's Europeans, which were scheduled to run between June and July 2021.

Day 18

The state of emergency in Portugal is declared, with an initial extension of 15 days, determining the closure of facilities for sports activities.

The Estoril Open in tennis, scheduled between April 25th and May 3rd, is canceled, as is the entire clay season.

Day 24

The Japanese Government and the International Olympic Committee announce the one-year postponement of the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games, which were scheduled from July 24 to August 9.

Day 27

The Portuguese Football Federation cancels all competitions in the male and female football and futsal training groups, without titles, divisions up and down.

Day 31

The Tokyo2020 Olympic Games are scheduled between July 23 and August 8, 2021 and the Paralympic Games will run from August 24 to September 5.

APRIL 2020

Day 01

The UEFA Executive Committee indefinitely suspends all competitions under its umbrella, following a meeting with representatives of the 55 national associations.

The Wimbledon tournament, one of the four Grand Slam of the tennis season, which was due to take place between June 29 and July 12, is canceled for the second time in 150 years.

Day 07

The Portuguese Football Federation cancels the senior non-professional football and futsal championships, without awarding titles or decreeing divisions.

Day 08

The 2021 Athletics World Championships are postponed for one year, for the period between 15 and 24 July, in the United States.

Day 09

The International Basketball Federation postpones Euro2021 to September 1st to 18th, 2022, with organization spread over Germany, Italy, Georgia and the Czech Republic.

10th day

The Portuguese Rugby Federation cancels all women's and training events.

Day 15

The Tour de France by bicycle, one of the three main annual races in the world, which was scheduled from 27 June to 19 July, passes for the period between 29 August and 20 September.

Day 23

European athletics, from 25 to 30 August, in France, are canceled.

Day 24

The Portuguese handball team receives one of the places available for the final stage of the Mundial2021, after the European Federation has canceled the qualifying play-offs.

After having rescheduled the handball Champions League 'final four', set for December 28-29, in Germany, EHF cancels the round of 16 and the quarter-finals and keeps only the top four teams in the group stage , excluding FC Porto.

The EHF Cup, in which Benfica was, and the Challenge Cup are canceled, as are the Champions League, the CEV Cup and the Volleyball Challenge Cup, which had Sporting.

Day 25

The men's handball qualifying tournaments for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games are postponed for one year, from 12 to 14 March, between Germany, France and Montenegro.

Day 28

The Prime Minister, António Costa, receives the presidents of the Portuguese Football Federation, League of Clubs, Benfica, FC Porto and Sporting at the São Bento Palace, in Lisbon, to discuss the resumption of the First Football League after the end of the state of emergency.

Day 29

The handball, basketball, roller hockey and volleyball federations cancel their national competitions, without titles and division descents, making access to European qualifying events dependent on suspension and division climbs dependent on the opening of qualifying tournaments at the beginning of the 2020/21 season.

30th

The decommissioning plan announced by the Government authorizes the conclusion of the 1st Football League, which still has 10 rounds to play, and the Portuguese Cup, whose final will be discussed between FC Porto and Benfica, as of the end of the last weekend of May.

The II League and indoor sports are excluded from this competitive recovery, while the practice of individual outdoor sports is allowed.

The European competitions of roller hockey clubs, in which Benfica, FC Porto, HC Braga, Oliveirense, Óque de Barcelos Sporting were included, are canceled.

The Rally of Portugal, the fifth stage of the World Rally Championship (WRC), scheduled for 21 and 24 May and subsequently postponed to a date to be defined, is canceled.

The 2019/20 edition of the French football league is concluded by administrative route after 28 days, with the title awarded to Paris Saint-Germain, the descents of Amiens and Toulouse and the ascents of Lorient and Lens, contrary to the upturn in most of the countries.

MAY 2020

Day 02

Portugal moves from a state of emergency to a state of calamity.

Vizela and Arouca, clubs with the most points when the Portuguese Championship was suspended, are nominated by the Portuguese Football Federation to move up to the II League.

Day 04

The 2021 Swimming World Championships are postponed from May 13 to 29, 2022, in Japan.

Day 05

The Bicycle Tour of Spain, one of the three main annual races in the world, scheduled between August 14 and September 6, will run from October 20 to November 8, in a reduced version.

The Europeans of long swimming, jumping, artistic and open sea swimming suffer the second postponement and are extended to 10 to 23 of May of 2021, in Hungary.

Day 08

The Clube de Portugal Marathon carries the 35th edition of the Lisbon Marathon, initially scheduled for October 15, to October 17, 2021.

The League of Nations and the Challenger Cup of volleyball teams, which were scheduled to take place in Gondomar, are canceled.

Day 09

The stages of the Volta a Espanha by bicycle that were going to pass through Portugal are canceled.

Day 11

Runporto recalendarizes the 14th edition of the Porto Half Marathon, originally scheduled for September 20, for September 19, 2021.

Day 12

High-performance Portuguese swimmers return to training at the Jamor Swimming High Performance Center, in Oeiras, after the facilities are closed.

FIFA postpones the Futsal World Cup to 12 September to 3 October in Lithuania.

World Athletics announces the redesigned calendar for the Diamond League, the most important track in world athletics, extending from August 14 to September 25.

Day 16

Germany is the first of the major European football leagues to resume the season.

Day 21

The Portuguese senior canoeing team returns to the internships in Avis and Gerês.

The Worlds of swimming in a short pool, scheduled for the end of the year, in the United Arab Emirates, are transported between 16 and 21 December 2021.

Day 23

High-performance athletes and national gymnastics teams return to training.

Day 25

The Euroleague and Eurocup of basketball are canceled.

Day 28

The Boston Marathon, one of the top six held annually, which had been postponed from April 20 to September 14, is canceled.

Day 31

The Portuguese Canoeing Federation launches a revamped calendar, starting in July and most of the events at the High Performance Center of Montemor-o-Velho.

JUNE 2020

Day 01

Gymnasiums and gyms, indoor and outdoor pools and other infrastructures for the practice of individual sports and without physical contact are now able to reopen, under restrictions defined by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

Day 02

Formula 1 confirms the start of the 2020 World Championship in Austria on July 5th.

The Portuguese Rugby Federation decrees the conclusion of the national championships for senior men, without awarding titles or applying ascents and descents.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee informs that Portugal was the first European country chosen to host internships for 150 athletes, prevented from training under the best conditions in their country, until November, with a central point in the High Performance Center of Rio Maior.

Day 03

AI Liga de Futebol resumes 87 days later, with Portimonense's home win over Gil Vicente (1-0), in the first of the 90 meetings of the last 10 rounds of the 2019/20 edition, played without an audience and under a plan approved by the DGS, until 26 July.

Day 05

The Portuguese women's judo team returns to internships in Idanha-a-Nova.

Day 08

Runporto recalendarizes the 17th edition of the Porto Marathon, scheduled for November 8, for November 7, 2021.

Day 11

The Portuguese Table Tennis Federation aims to hold the final phase of the first men's division for between 01 and 06 July, in Vila Nova de Gaia, but cancels the women's championship, without awarding the title.

Day 13

More than 20,000 spectators witness the Highlanders' victory over the Chiefs (28-27), in the inaugural Super Rugby match, at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand, signaling an unprecedented return of the public to sports venues worldwide, without masks or any measures of social distance.

Day 17

The UEFA Executive Committee recalendar several European competitions and decides to assign to Lisbon the organization of an unprecedented ‘final to eight’ of the football Champions League, taking place at the stadiums of Luz and José Alvalade, from 12 to 23 August.

The same measure is transposed to the Europa League, to be concluded between 05 and 21 August, through single-handed qualifiers, in four cities in Germany.

The final stage of the U21 European Championship takes on a new format, as it is divided into two competitive periods, with the group stage between 24 and 31 March and the final qualifiers from May 31 to June 6, 2021, in Hungary and in Slovenia.

The Portuguese Athletics Federation publishes the recovery program, pointing out the Portuguese Outdoor Championships from 28 June to 8 and 9 August and the National Club Championship from 12 July to 15 and 16 of the following month.

Formula E announces the resumption with six races, from 05 to 13 August, in Germany.

The Roland Garros tournament, one of four in the Grand Slam of tennis, scheduled from May 24 to June 7, is postponed again and is scheduled from September 27 to October 11.

19th day

Figueira Pro, the first of the five stages of the national circuit, becomes the first surfing event to be held worldwide after the competitive break.

Day 21

A redesigned senior circuit of the Portuguese Tennis Federation kicks off in Loulé.

Day 24

The Berlin and New York Marathons, two of the six main marathons held annually and previously postponed to September 27 and November 1, are canceled.

The World Skating Games, which are part of the World Roller Hockey Championship and were to be held in 2021, in Argentina, were postponed for one year.

Day 26

The North American Basketball League (NBA) announces that it will resume on July 30, concentrating 22 of the 30 teams at the Disney sports complex in Orlando, Florida, until the 2019/20 season champion is determined.

The final stage of the Davis Cup of tennis teams is extended to between 22 and 28 November 2021, in Spain.

30th

World Rugby cancels the last four stages of the world 'sevens' circuits and declares New Zealand as champion in the male and female strands, without relegation and with the rise of Japan, then leader of the ‘ranking’ of the ‘Challenger Series’.

JULY 2020

Day 01

The Portuguese Football Federation relocates the final of the Portuguese Cup, scheduled for August 1, between Benfica and FC Porto, and usually played at the end of May at the National Stadium, in Oeiras, for the Cidade de Coimbra Stadium.

The International Canoeing Federation cancels the World Championship of sea canoeing, scheduled from September 1st to 6th, in Esposende and Viana do Castelo.

Day 02

The World Rally Championship announces the resumption, dispersed from September 6th to December 6th.

Day 05

National cycling returns to the competition with an individual time trial in Sangalhos, Anadia, which serves as a scoring event for the Portuguese Cup.

10th day

The Portuguese Swimming Federation projects the start of the season with the Loulé Open, between 14 and 16 August, highlighted as the first international selection competition to be held worldwide after the competitive break.

Day 17

The 2020 world surf circuit, which had a pass through Peniche, is canceled.

Day 24

The Formula 1 World Championship is part of the Grand Prix of Portugal in the 2020 season calendar, taking place from 23 to 25 October, at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.

The Tour of Italy by bicycle, one of the three main races in the world, initially scheduled for May 9th to 31st, is recalendarized for October 3rd to 25th.

Day 28

The Club League approves in a special general meeting a new format for the 2020/21 edition of the League Cup, which will be disputed by the first six placed in the I League and the two best classified in the II League on the last day of November.

AUGUST 2020

Day 06

The London Marathon, one of the top six held annually and which had been moved from April 26th to October 4th, announces that it will take place behind closed doors, on a different route and limited to elite athletes.

Day 07

The Superfinal of the European Beach Soccer League, originally planned for Figueira da Foz, is transferred to Nazaré, between the 2nd and 6th of September.

10th day

The MotoGP World Championship confirms the beginning of the 2020 season between 17 and 19 July, in Spain, in a calendar that will become part of the Portuguese Grand Prix, taking place from 20 to 22 November, at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.

Day 12

The 82nd edition of Volta a Portugal by bicycle, originally scheduled from 29 July to 9 August and which had been postponed in June, is extended to 2021 and gives rise to a special edition, scheduled between 27 September and 5 September October.

Day 13

The Chicago Marathon, one of the top six held annually and scheduled for October 11, is canceled.

Day 25

The Directorate-General for Health updates the rules for the resumption of competitions in collective sports, including rugby and contact sports, including judo, water polo and acrobatic gymnastics, in the group at high risk of contagion, subject to covid-19 screening tests up to 48 hours before the tests.

The Portuguese Judo Federation announces the resumption of national competitions from the International Cup Kiyoshi Kobayashi, in Cernache, on 26 September.

Day 31

The United States Open, which runs until September 13, kicks off without spectators in the stands, in an unprecedented scenario in the history of Grand Slam tennis tournaments.

SEPTEMBER 2020

Day 12

The 2020/21 edition of the national men's handball championship kicks off, a month before the secondary echelons and the women's side.

Day 15

The national beach soccer championship kicks off and runs until October 5th.

Day 18

The 2020/21 edition of the 1st Football League kicks off, simultaneously with the Championship of Portugal, one week after the start of the 2nd League.

Day 21

Roland Garros, one of the four in the Grand Slam, becomes the first major tennis tournament to have an audience on the stands after the competitive break.

European judo, which should take place in May, in the Czech Republic, are postponed for the third time and settle between 19 and 21 November.

Day 23

Portugal's 2020 international badminton championships, which were scheduled for March 5th to 8th and were the first sports competition postponed in the country due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, are rescheduled between November 5th and 8th.

Day 24

Almost 15,000 spectators watch the Bayern Munich Germans win over Sevilla's Spaniards (2-1 after extra time) in the European Super Cup 2020 in Hungary, in the first test of European football to return the public to the stadiums.

Day 25

The 2020/21 edition of the national men's rugby championship kicks off with a revamped regional phase, replacing the traditional qualifying round, made up of four groups of three teams, to avoid long journeys and contamination.

The 2020/21 edition of the national men's and women's roller hockey championships kicks off, a week before the secondary echelons.

Day 29

The 'final four' of the 2019/20 edition of the Portuguese Basketball Cup is postponed for the second time, being rescheduled for October 7 and 8, in Odivelas.

OCTOBER 2020

Day 02

The Maratona Clube de Portugal postpones the 30th edition of the Lisbon Half Marathon, initially scheduled for March 22, from September 6 to May 9, 2021.

Day 03

873 spectators watch the tie between Santa Clara and Gil Vicente (0-0), of the third round of the I football league, at the São Miguel Stadium, in Ponta Delgada, in the Azores, which was the first professional game with an audience on the stands during the pandemic, opening a series of tests with a view to the gradual return of supporters to the enclosures.

Day 09

The 2021 Tokyo Marathon, one of the top six held annually, is moved from March 7 to October 17.

10th day

The 2020/21 edition of the national men's basketball championship kicks off, one week after the women's side and another one before the secondary levels.

Day 11

The teams from New Zealand and Australia end a seven-month break from international rugby competitions, drawing 16-16, in a private game played in Wellington, in the presence of 31,000 spectators, without a mask.

Day 20

The UEFA Executive Committee cancels the 2020 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.

The final of the 2019/20 edition of the Portuguese Volleyball Cup, to be played between Benfica and Sporting de Espinho, is rescheduled for November 4th.

Day 21

The Government confirms a maximum capacity of 27,500 spectators at the Portuguese Grand Prix of Formula 1, distributed by independent stands, with a variable occupancy capacity and divided by sectors of about 800 people.

Day 24

The 2020 Six Nations Rugby Tournament returns with the only game delayed on matchday four, which precedes the final round the following weekend.

Day 28

The 2021 Boston Marathon, one of the top six held annually and scheduled for April 19, is postponed until the fall.

30th

The games of the non-professional competitions scheduled for the weekend of October 31 and November 1 are suspended, keeping the schedule of the I and II football leagues, due to the current temporary limitation of circulation between municipalities.

Day 31

The Prime Minister, António Costa, ensures that the MotoGP Grand Prix of Portugal will take place without an audience, after the “inability of the promoter” when organizing the Formula 1 World stage with 27,500 spectators on the stands.

NOVEMBER 2020

Day 02

The Government equates the activity of federated practitioners, coaches and accompanying sports adapted to professionals, allowing the continuation of senior competitions.

Day 03

The Federation of Gymnastics of Portugal does not need to present selections in Europeans.

10th day

The Peniche stage, second in the provisional calendar of the 2021 world surfing circuit, scheduled for 18-28 February, has been postponed until a date to be defined.

Day 18

The Clube de Portugal Marathon postpones for the third time the 30th edition of the Lisbon Half Marathon, initially scheduled for March 22, to September 12, 2021.

Day 24

Portugal returns to the state of emergency, with an initial extension of 15 days, authorizing physical and sporting activity, in a training and competitive context.

DECEMBER 2020

Day 16

European judo, scheduled to take place in Lisbon, are anticipated by two weeks and are scheduled between 16 and 18 April 2021.

Day 17

The Australian Open, one of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, is confirmed for between February 8 and February 21, later than originally planned (January 18).

Day 18

The UEFA Executive Committee cancels the 2021 football U17 Euro.

Day 22

The International Table Tennis Federation cancels the team World Cup in South Korea after three consecutive postponements.

Day 24

FIFA cancels the FIFA U-20 and U-17 World Cups, both scheduled for 2021, which will be played two years later, in Indonesia and Peru.

JANUARY 2021

Day 05

The Portuguese Athletics Federation transfers the National Road Championships, originally scheduled for January 9, to a date to be defined.

10th day

The International Handball Federation announces that the games of the Mundial2021, between January 13th and 31st, in Egypt, with the participation of Portugal, will take place without an audience.

Day 14

The Portuguese Athletics Federation postpones the qualifying phase of the National Indoor Track Club Championship from January 23rd and 24th to February 6th and 7th.

The Portuguese Badminton Federation postpones or cancels the events scheduled in January.

Day 16

The Portuguese Table Tennis Federation postpones the National Individual Senior Championship, initially scheduled from January 30 to January 31, to the beginning of April.

Day 20

The Portuguese Rugby Federation decrees the stop of the national women's championship until the last weekend of February, in a measure still in force.

Day 21

The Portuguese Table Tennis Federation transfers the Olympic qualifying event, scheduled between February 10 and 14, to April 21 to 25, in Odivelas.

The Portuguese Rugby Federation decrees the stop of the national men's championship until February 13, a measure that can be extended until March 6.

Day 22

The Handball Federation of Portugal suspends the senior women's championship and the Portuguese Cup until February 16, in a measure that extended until March 6.

The MotoGP World Championship is part of the Portuguese Grand Prix for the second consecutive season, taking place between 16 and 18 April at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.

FEBRUARY 2021

Day 08

World Skate Europe – Rink Hockey announces the return of European roller hockey competitions in April, with 14 Spanish teams, nine Portuguese and one Italian.

10th day

The European Handball Federation changes the rules of the Champions League and confirms the passage of all teams in the group stage, including FC Porto, to the 'eighth'.

Day 17

The UEFA Executive Committee cancels the 2020/21 edition of the Youth League football, which would include Benfica and FC Porto.

Day 18

Benfica draw with Arsenal (1-1), in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32, which was transferred from the Luz stadium, in Lisbon, to the Olympic Games in Rome. A week later, the English won in the condition of visitors (3-2), this time at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Athens, in changes caused by travel restrictions.

The final phase of the Fed Cup tennis selections, which had already been postponed for the period between April 13 and 18, in Hungary, is rescheduled for the end of the year, on dates to be designated.

19th day

The Portuguese Skating Federation cancels the 2020/21 edition of the Portuguese Roller Hockey Cup, which started in November and had two qualifiers contested.

Day 20

The European national team and the Continental Cup of roller hockey clubs are postponed until 22-28 August and 18-19 September, respectively, in places to be designated.

Day 23

The UEFA Executive Committee cancels the 2021 European men's and women's football 2021 European Championships and transfers the finals of the futsal Champions League, in which are Benfica and Sporting, from Belarus to Croatia, between April 28 and March 3 May.

The Portuguese women's football team beat Scotland (2-0), meeting the eighth and final round of Group E qualifying for Euro2022, which was moved from Edinburgh to neutral ground in Larnaca, Cyprus, due to restrictions on trips.

Day 26

The international badminton championships in Portugal will run from May 6th to 9th.

Day 27

924 spectators watch Santa Clara's triumph over Paços de Ferreira (3-0), of the 21st round of the 1st soccer league, at São Miguel Stadium, in Ponta Delgada, in the Azores, which meant the first professional game with public in the stands in 2021.

MARCH 2021

Day 03

The match between Portugal and Azerbaijan, on March 24, of the first round of the qualifying round for the football World Cup2022, in Qatar, is relocated from the José Alvalade stadium, in Lisbon, to Turin, Italy, due to travel restrictions.

Day 05

The Formula 1 World Championship is part of the Portuguese Grand Prix for the second consecutive season, taking place from April 30 to May 2, at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.

The European Olympic qualification for the individual table tennis tournament is transferred from Odivelas to Guimarães, after it has already been postponed between 21 and 25 April.

Day 06

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) announces the postponement of the qualifying games to the Mundial2022, in Qatar, scheduled for the end of March, due to the refusal of the European clubs to release players due to travel restrictions.

Day 09

The karate qualification tournament for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games, scheduled for Morocco and postponed to October, is transferred to Lisbon, from April 30th to May 2nd.

The World Cup of artistic gymnastics, qualifying for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games, scheduled for May 4, in Japan, is canceled.



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