Sport by sport: Which events were canceled after the Queen’s death?

All Premier League and English Football League matches this weekend have been postponed as a mark of respect, while matches scheduled for the opening weekend of the Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship and Women’s FA Cup have also been cancelled, along with all grassroots football. Further updates regarding Premier League and EFL fixtures during the mourning period will be provided in due course.

The Scottish Football Association has announced the postponement of all professional games over the weekend, while all football in Northern Ireland and Wales is also on hiatus.


Cricket will resume on Saturday, including the third men’s Test between England and South Africa – currently scheduled as the third day of five – and the first women’s T20 between England and India.

The stage at the Oval in London on Friday.
The stage at the Oval in London on Friday. Photography: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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Both first round matches of Friday night’s Premiership fixtures have been called off. Sale’s home clash with Northampton has been moved to Sunday, with the western derby between Bristol and Bath at Ashton Gate now taking place on Saturday.

Premiership Rugby has confirmed that four matches scheduled for the weekend will go ahead as scheduled. Leicester’s trip to Exeter, London Irish to Worcester and Newcastle to Harlequins will also take place on Saturday, while Gloucester host Wasps on Sunday. The Scottish Rugby Union has postponed all domestic competitive matches this weekend and the Women’s Test between Scotland and Spain on Sunday is also cancelled.

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The RFL have postponed Friday’s league game between Sheffield Eagles and Dewsbury Rams, but the first Super League qualifier between the Catalans Dragons and Leeds will continue as it takes place in Perpignan, France. After discussions, the RFL has confirmed that fixtures at all levels will continue over the weekend.


The women’s world middleweight title fight between Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields in London has been rescheduled for October 15.


Play was suspended for the day at the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday and there was no play on Friday, but the tournament will resume as a two-day, 54-hole event starting Saturday.

The scene at Wentworth on Thursday.
The scene at Wentworth on Thursday. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Horses race

The final day of St Leger’s meeting at Doncaster has been postponed to Sunday after the British Horseracing Authority announced the cancellation of all matches on Saturday as “a continued mark of respect”. The races at Musselburgh on Sunday have been canceled due to the Queen’s body resting in Edinburgh.


The Great North Run and Parkrun events will continue this weekend as planned. Organizers canceled the Great North Run’s 5k sister event on Friday, but Sunday’s half marathon will continue.


Friday’s Tour of Britain stage was quickly canceled and later Thursday evening the rest of the race, which was due to finish on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, was called off entirely. Gonzalo Serrano was declared the winner based on his overall position. The Vuelta a España continues in Spain, where a minute’s silence took place ahead of stage 19 on Friday.

Formula One

Overseas sport is going according to plan and Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix will go ahead, with a minute’s silence before Friday’s practice and another scheduled before the race.


The US Open continues in New York, with the men’s singles semifinals on Friday, the women’s singles final on Saturday and the men’s singles final on Sunday. Doubles and wheelchair events will also continue.

Sport by sport: Which events were canceled after the Queen’s death?

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