What sporting events have been cancelled this weekend? Is Tour of Britain and cricket off after Queen’s death

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Plans laid out in ‘Operation London Bridge’ are expected to have an impact on sporting fixtures across the UK

Preparations are underway for a state funeral as the United Kingdom enters an extended period where respects will be paid to the monarch who reigned for over 70 years.

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Plans laid out by ‘Operation London Bridge’ detail the guidance from Buckingham Palace about how the day-to-day lives of UK residents will look in the immediate aftermath of the Queen’s passing.

Among the many aspects affected will be sporting fixtures, with many already postponed as a mark of solemn respect, and here is what we know so far about what is due to happen:

What sporting events will be cancelled following death of the Queen?

West Ham United fans at the London Stadium last night.West Ham United fans at the London Stadium last night.
West Ham United fans at the London Stadium last night.

At the time of publication, several high profile sporting events including the weeknd’s full card of Premier League fixtures, have been called off.

‘Operation London Bridge’ sets out that sporting fixtures will indeed be postponed during the nine day mourning period.

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A meeting of governing bodies across a range of sports is understood to have tkane place on Friday morning, where officials from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) set out Government guidance on the official period of mourning.

It is understood sports event organisers were left to make their own considered judgement regarding the staging of events during the days ahead.

An earlier meeting organised by sports governing bodies took place on Thursday afternoon.

Premier League and other football

The Premier League confirmed in a statement that the full card of fixtures due for this weekend, plus Monday night’s match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, would be postponed.

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It remains unclear if the next round of fixtures will also be called off and when this weekend’s matches will be rearranged for.

The English Football League (EFL) have also postponed all matches this weekend as have the Scottish Football Association, Welsh Football Association and Northern Irish Football association.


The remainder of the Tour of Britain has been cancelled.

The three remaining stages, which were due to take place in Gloucestershire (Friday), Dorset (Saturday) and the Isle of Wight (Sunday) are no longer taking place.

Rugby Union

Rugby Union matches across the UK have also been called off as a mark of respect.

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The Scottish Rugby Union were the first to announce that all domestic matches scheduled for this weekend would not go ahead.

Meanwhile, the start of the new Premiership season in England has also been postponed.

Rugby League

The Super League Eliminator between Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils on Saturday is still scheduled to go ahead at 1pm.


Play was suspended in the golf at the BMW PGA Championship in Surrey on Thursday evening after the news broke.

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However, organisers have revealed they wish to resume play with the tournament having already begun prior to the Queen’s passing and await guidance from Buckingham Palace.


The second day of the cricket Test match at the Oval between England and South Africa did not take place on Friday.

The action is set to resume on Saturday where a tribute will be paid to the Queen.

Horse Racing

Horse racing at Southwell and Chelmsford on Thursday evening was abandoned following the death of the Queen.

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All racing on Friday and Saturday is also suspended but scheduled meetings on Sunday are set to go ahead.


All of Friday’s boxing action was postponed by the British Boxing Board and a decision is expected soon on the high-profile Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall fight.


The Great North Run is set to go ahead as planned on Sunday.

Non-UK based sporting events

As might be expected, major sporting events outside of the UK are largely unaffected by the passing of the Queen.

In Formula 1, the Italian Grand Prix is set to go ahead as planned.

In tennis, play at the US Open will also continue as scheduled.

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