The Latest: Irish rugby ‘under threat’ unless without fans


Oakland Athletics outfielders Mark Canha (20) and Ramon Laureano, second from right, wear masks as they greet teammates after they defeated the Seattle Mariners in the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Seattle. Both games were played in air smoky from wildfires in Oregon, Washington, and California. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:


Irish Rugby Football Union chief executive Philip Browne says net losses for 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic are projected to be more than 30 million euros ($35 million).

Browne spoke to a legislative committee about the impact of the pandemic on team sports.

He says until they can admit spectators “in meaningful numbers … the whole rugby infrastructure built over the last 150 years is under threat.”

Browne warned that under current projections “the very existence of professional rugby” in Ireland will be under threat next year.

The Irish government this week said clubs can let 200 fans attend matches in stadiums with capacities of more than 5,000.


Indianapolis Motor Speedway will open to fans for the first time in 2020 for the IndyCar doubleheader Oct. 3-4.

The speedway will allow up to 10,000 fans each of the three days of track activity. The facility holds more than 300,000 spectators and was closed for the NASCAR and IndyCar doubleheader in July, as well as the Indianapolis 500 in August.

Spectators who attend in October will be split into two groups — 5,000 fans seated in Turn 1 and 5,000 in Turn 4.


FIBA is moving to “bubbles” for upcoming EuroBasket qualifiers and other continental cup tournaments.

The governing body of international basketball says the November and February qualifiers “should be conducted in ‘bubbles’ instead of home and away games.”

The FIBA executive committee took into consideration the “health and safety of players, coaches and officials” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Each regional bubble will consist of four or eight teams. Host cities will be announced later.

The international basketball calendar has been re-arranged because of the pandemic. The EuroBasket final tournament was postponed one year and is now scheduled for September 2022.


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