Kentucky Derby Leads List of Major Sporting Events Postponed Until Fall
The Derby will now be run on September 5 to kick off Labor Day weekend
Like many other major sporting events in the U.S. and around the world, the Kentucky Derby has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled for May 2 — the iconic “first Saturday in May” on which the race has been run every year since 1875 — the Derby will now take place on September 5 to kick off Labor Day weekend.
The move is contingent upon the approval of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which Churchill Downs fully expects to receive.
“Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority has been how to best protect the safety and health of our guests, team members and community,” Churchill Downs Incorporated CEO Bill Carstanjen said in a statement. “As the situation evolved, we steadily made all necessary operational adjustments to provide the safest experience and environment. The most recent developments have led us to make some very difficult, but we believe, necessary decisions and our hearts are with those who have been or continue to be affected by this pandemic.”
In related news, the French Open has also been shifted to the fall thanks to COVID-19. Originally scheduled to be held at Roland Garros in Paris from May 24 to June 7, the 15-day clay-court event will now shift to September 20-October 4, immediately after the US Open.
In major soccer news, UEFA has decided to postpone this year’s European Championship until 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Due to take place from June 12 to July 12 this summer, the event will now run from June 11 to July 11 next year.
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