The world of sports honors Queen Elizabeth II with delays, honors

The postponement and moments of silence on Thursday marked a widespread reaction in the sporting world to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The PGA European Tour, renamed the DP World Tour, has suspended the first round of the BMW PGA Championship in the London area until Friday. It was not clear when play would resume or if the 72-hole tournament format would be changed. Thirty of the 144 golfers in the field have yet to complete their first rounds.

Describing the late monarch, who died aged 96 after ruling the UK since 1952, as “an inspiration to people around the world”, the tour said: “Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with the Royal Family at this time.” Elizabeth was succeeded by her eldest son and heir, King Charles III.

Among those sharing the clubhouse lead at the BMW PGA Championship is England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who tweeted Thursday, “Rest in Peace Your Majesty, you will be forever in our hearts. God save the king.”

Britain’s most famous sports body, English soccer’s Premier League, is reportedly planning to decide on Friday whether to postpone its weekend matches. In a statement on Thursday, the EPL said it was “deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty The Queen” and added: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family and everyone around the world who is grieving the loss of Her Majesty.”

The English Football League, which controls three levels of professional football below the EPL, said it was postponing two matches scheduled for Friday and would make a decision on the matches later in the weekend “after reviewing official bereavement guidelines” and consulting with other sports organizations.

UEFA, soccer’s European governing body, kicked off Europa League matches involving English clubs Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham United on Thursday. A minute’s silence was observed at the matches, and the players wore black armbands.

A minute’s silence was also observed by players and fans in Milan at the FIBA ​​EuroBasket match between Great Britain and Italy.

In the United States, moments of silence preceded the NFL season opener between the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills, as well as the US Open women’s semifinal match between Ons Jaber and Caroline Garcia.

The NHL said it “mourns the death and celebrates the remarkable life of Queen Elizabeth II. She held a special place in the hearts of Canadians, and during her 70-year reign, she connected with our game in unforgettable ways.”

Peter Forster, captain of St Andrews Royal and Ancient Golf Club, said in a statement: “Her Majesty’s 70 years of patronage of the Club has been a great honor for its members. We keep His Majesty the King and the entire Royal Family in our thoughts at this time of mourning.

Elizabeth’s lifelong passion in the sporting world was horse racing. She has owned hundreds of racehorses over the decades, including 22 race winners at Royal Ascot.

“My philosophy on racing is simple,” she once told the BBC (via the Associated Press). “I like to breed a horse that is faster than other people’s. And for me, it’s a gamble from a long way back. I like going to the races, but I guess I love horses in general, and a thoroughbred is the epitome of a really good horse to me.’

“From her first winner Monaveen, through stars such as Carrozza and Highclere, to the unforgettable Estimate, Her Majesty the Queen helped shape the breed and contributed to moments on the track that will go down in sporting folklore,” Britain’s Horseracing Authority said on Thursday. He suspended all his racing until Friday.

The agency’s chairman, Joe Saumarez Smith, said in a statement: “The races owe a huge debt of gratitude not only to Her Majesty’s dedication and commitment to the sport, but also to her public advocacy of it, something which has undoubtedly led to the popularity of the sport and attracted a large number of fans.”

Other postponements involving British athletes include announcements from the England and Wales Cricket Board, Premiership Rugby, rugby league football and the Tour of Britain cycling event. Scheduled for eight stages in as many days, the Tour of Britain was halted after the fifth stage on Thursday and the leaders in the standings at that point were subsequently declared the winners of those races.

Formula 1 plans to continue with the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, which will feature three teams – Aston Martin, McLaren and Williams – with deep ties to Britain.

“I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” said George Russell, the British member of the Mercedes Formula One team, which is fourth in the drivers’ standings, in message shared on social media. “Her devotion to our country and her kind leadership were an inspiration to so many generations of people in the UK and around the world.”

Other prominent British athletes including Harry Kane, Rio Ferdinand, Mo Farah, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua also paid tribute to Elizabeth online.

“My thoughts are with the Royal Family at this very difficult time,” Kane, the 29-year-old England captain, tweeted. “The Queen was an incredible inspiration and will be remembered for her incredible years of service to this country. Rest in peace, Your Majesty.”

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