Sporting events canceled, tribute paid after Queen Elizabeth’s death

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(Reuters) – The sports world responded to Queen Elizabeth’s death on Thursday with a series of cancellations across cricket, golf, rugby and cycling, while others paid tribute to standing for a minute’s silence.

The Queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has died peacefully at her home in Scotland at the age of 96. Read more

Day Two of Day Three and the crucial cricket test between England and South Africa at the Oval on Friday were suspended as a sign of respect, while matches in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy domestic tournament have been cancelled. Read more

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The English Premier League has canceled two matches that were scheduled for Friday, while West Ham United fans sang an exciting performance of ‘God save the Queen’ ahead of the Europa League match against Romania’s FCSB team on Thursday. And silence remained for a minute in the European League matches, in which British teams and players, who were wearing black armbands, participated.

“A decision on the remaining matches scheduled this weekend will be made after reviewing the official mourning guidelines, as well as further consultation with DCMS and other sports on Friday morning,” the FA said.

Friday’s Scottish Championship match between Cove Rangers and Dundee has also been postponed by the Scottish Professional Football League.

British media reported that the Premier League is also likely to make a decision on the dates of the weekend matches on Friday.

At Wentworth, which hosts the BMW PGA Championship, the main event of the DP World Tour of Europe, play was suspended on Thursday, and organizers canceled the second round on Friday.

“It has truly been an inspiration to people all over the world…No game of the BMW PGA Championship will take place on Friday and the golf course and practice facilities will be closed,” the tour said in a statement.

Peter Forster, captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, said sponsoring the Queen for 70 years was a “huge honour”.

“After joining in 1952, Her late Majesty graciously accepted the sponsorship of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews…Although she was not a golfer, Her late Majesty’s 70 years sponsorship of the club has been a great honor for its members,” he said. Forrester.

In cycling, the Tour of Britain canceled Friday’s sixth stage before also canceling the remaining stages of the weekend.

Saracens’ Premier League rugby cup match against Northampton Saints was postponed later on Thursday while Scotland Rugby has suspended all domestic hours this weekend.

The British Horseracing Authority has also suspended all events for two days. Horse racing was the Queen’s passion and she was a regular race pioneer as well as owner and educator of the horse race.

The US-based National Football League observed a minute’s silence before the start of the regular season opener between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills.

The US Open tennis and Formula 1 races will also remain silent.

Sebastian Coe, head of world athletics, has praised the Queen for her role in the successful organization of the 2012 London Olympics.

“In the most demanding roles, she has demonstrated exceptional leadership, agility, wisdom and fortitude, impacting us across the entire fabric of society, including sports,” Coe said.

“I will never forget her total commitment to the success of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.”

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Additional reporting by Dhruv Munjal and Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris, Ed Osmond and Lincoln Fest

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