The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
The U.S. Tennis Association says it is overseeing a commitment of more than $50 million to help the sport deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The USTA says it is shaving more than $20 million from its budget by reducing salaries of its management and eliminating programs in player development and marketing.
The group that runs the U.S. Open says the total future support provided by the USTA and its industry partners for the sport at the grassroots level “will be determined by the financial performance” of the 2020 Grand Slam tournament in Flushing Meadows.
The USTA says it still plans to stage its tournament as scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.
The U.S. Open would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar after the French Open was postponed and Wimbledon was canceled.
The WTA and ATP professional tours are currently suspended until at least July and one tournament in August already has been called off.
World Rugby is offering a $100 million relief fund for national unions distressed by the coronavirus pandemic.
World Rugby says “it is designed to assist the maximum number of unions for the maximum amount of time while there is a rugby void.”
The body adds “the financial package will potentially involve a combination of advances and loans” for Six Nations and Sanzaar unions and that “World Rugby is also committed to supporting emerging nations and regional associations where required.”
The Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The IPL has become cricket’s primary annual competition in April and May but India this week extended the world’s biggest lockdown to May 3. That has dashed hopes by the Board of Control for Cricket in India of a shortened IPL in May possibly without spectators.
The BCCI bowed to the inevitable to suspend the Twenty20 competition until further notice.
BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah says “the health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and … the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”
The eight-week IPL was to begin on March 29 but was then pushed back to April 15.
Nice coach Patrick Vieira has been thanked by the city’s mayor for donating 250 iPads to elderly people in four public care homes.
The 43-year-old Vieira is a former player who won the 1998 World Cup with France.
Mayor Christian Estrosi says “together we’re always stronger and I thank Patrick Vieira and Nice for their generosity.”
Estrosi says the tablets are essential in helping people maintain contact with their families “and limit the isolation of our elders during the confinement period.”
French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain is helping to provide meals for medical staff combating the coronavirus outbreak.
Up to 1,200 meals per day are being prepared in the kitchens of the Parc des Princes in western Paris. They are then delivered by volunteers from the Street Food en Mouvement (Street Food on the Move) association.
Volunteers from the association have used the stadium kitchens since April 9. Four trucks have been used to take more than 5,000 meals to seven hospitals.
Every day a team of 12 delivers a full meal outside hospitals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the hospital workers are “true heroes” who should continue to be applauded.
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