Olympic hopefuls call for postponement of Tokyo Games...Virus fears end more sporting events

Posted at 12:02 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 15:02:08-04

UNDATED (AP) — A worldwide group representing Olympic hopefuls is urging the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Tokyo Games until the coronavirus pandemic is under control. Global Athlete says that as the world unites to limit the spread of COVID-19, the IOC must do the same. The Olympic hopefuls are joining dozens of individual athletes who have come out against the IOC's current stance, which is to start the games as scheduled on July 24.

UNDATED (AP) — Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac announced he is teaming up with J.U.M.P. Ministries Global Church to provide hot breakfasts and lunches to school kids age 18 and under on weekdays for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Isaac also says he’ll be helping families obtain boxes of non-perishable food items once a week, things like oatmeal and cereal and instant rice. He says the breakfasts and lunches will be grab-and-go style, and a nurse will be on site for the pickups. Issac says, “We cannot just sit on our hands while this is going on.”

UNDATED (AP) — Just hours after the Australian government called for its citizens to cancel all non-essential travel, the Australian rules Australian Football League announced it was postponing its seasons until May 31. Australia's various football leagues were among the few remaining professional sports playing on across the globe in its attempts to halt the spread of the virus.

UNDATED (AP) — The $12 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest purse in horse racing, will be postponed until next year. That’s according to an announcement from the Dubai Media Office, a governmental agency. Officials had planned to run the race March 28 without spectators over concerns about the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness it causes.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos have agreed to a two-year contract with free agent tight end Nick Vannett. The fifth-year pro from Ohio State played for Seattle and Pittsburgh last season. Vannett's deal with Denver is worth nearly $6 million. Vannett will serve as the No. 2 tight end in Denver behind 2019 first-round draft pick Noah Fant. His addition could spell the end of tight end Jeff Heuerman's time with the Broncos.