Sporting occasions cancelled, tributes paid after Queen Elizabeth dies

Sept 8 (Reuters) – The world of sport reacted to the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth on Thursday with a raft of cancellations throughout cricket, golf, rugby and biking, whereas others paid tribute by holding a minute’s silence.

The queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died peacefully at her residence in Scotland aged 96. learn extra

The second day of the third and deciding cricket check between England and South Africa on the Oval on Friday was suspended as a mark of respect, whereas matches within the home Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy had been known as off. learn extra

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The English Soccer League (EFL) cancelled two video games scheduled for Friday, whereas West Ham United followers sang a rousing rendition of “God Save the Queen” earlier than their Europa Convention League match in opposition to Romanian facet FCSB on Thursday. A minute’s silence was noticed at Europa League video games that includes British groups and gamers wore black armbands.

“A dedication relating to the rest of this weekend’s scheduled fixtures will likely be made following a assessment of the official mourning steerage, along with additional session with DCMS and different sports activities on Friday morning,” the EFL stated.

The Scottish Championship sport on Friday between Cove Rangers and Dundee was additionally postponed by the Scottish Skilled Soccer League.

British media reported that the Premier League can also be prone to determine on the weekend’s fixtures on Friday.

At Wentworth, which is internet hosting the BMW PGA golf Championship, the flagship occasion of Europe’s DP World Tour, play was suspended on Thursday, and organisers cancelled Friday’s second spherical.

“She was actually an inspiration to individuals the world over … no play will happen on the BMW PGA Championship on Friday and the golf course and apply amenities will likely be closed,” the Tour stated in an announcement.

Peter Forster, captain of The Royal and Historical Golf Membership, stated the queen’s 70-year patronage was a “nice honour”.

“Following her accession in 1952, Her late Majesty graciously accepted the Patronage of The Royal and Historical Golf Membership of St Andrews … though not a golfer, Her late Majesty’s 70-year patronage of the membership was an amazing honour for its members,” stated Forster.

In biking, the Tour of Britain known as off Friday’s sixth stage earlier than additionally cancelling the weekend’s remaining levels.

Saracens’ sport in opposition to Northampton Saints within the Premiership Rugby Cup in a while Thursday was postponed whereas Scottish Rugby has suspended all home watches this weekend.

The British Horseracing Authority additionally suspended all occasions for 2 days. Horse racing was the queen’s ardour and she or he was an everyday race-goer in addition to an proprietor and breeder of racing inventory.

The U.S.-based Nationwide Soccer League noticed a second of silence earlier than the beginning of the regular-season opening sport between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Payments.

The U.S. Open tennis championships and motor racing’s Method One may even observe silences.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe hailed the queen for her function within the profitable staging of the 2012 London Olympics.

“In probably the most demanding of roles, she has proven distinctive management, grace, knowledge and fortitude, touching us throughout the total cloth of society, together with sport,” stated Coe.

“I’ll always remember her whole dedication to the success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Video games.”

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Reporting by Dhruv Munjal and Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Modifying by Ken Ferris, Ed Osmond and Lincoln Feast

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