Sports world honors Queen Elizabeth II with procrastination, tributes

Postponements and moments of silence on Thursday marked widespread reaction in the sports world to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The PGA European Tour, rebranded as the DP World Tour, has suspended first-round play at the BMW PGA Championship in the London area until Friday. It was not immediately clear when play would resume or if the tournament’s 72-hole format would be changed. Of the 144 golfers in the field, 30 had yet to complete their first round.

The tour, which described the late monarch, who died aged 96 after ruling Britain from 1952, as “an inspiration to people around the world”, said: “Our deepest condolences go out to the royal family at this time.” Elizabeth was succeeded by her eldest son and heir, King Charles III.

England’s Tommy Fleetwood is among those sharing the clubhouse lead at the BMW PGA Championship. he tweeted Thursday, “Rest in Peace, Your Majesty, you will remain in our hearts forever. May God protect the King.”

England’s most popular sporting body, the English Premier League, is reportedly planning to make a decision on Friday whether to postpone weekend games. In a statement on Thursday, the EPL said it was “deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen”, adding: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Royal Family and the world mourning the loss of Her Majesty.”

The English Football League, which controls the three tiers of professional football below the EPL, said it had postponed two matches scheduled for Friday and would decide on the weekend’s fixtures after “reviewing official bereavement guidance” and consulting with other sporting bodies. .

UEFA, the European governing body of football, started the Europa League matches with the participation of the English clubs “Arsenal”, “Manchester United” and “West Ham United” on Thursday. A minute’s silence was observed in the matches and players wore black armbands.

During the FIBA ​​EuroBasket game between Great Britain and Italy, players and fans in Milan observed a minute of silence.

In the US, there were moments of silence before 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 Jabeur and Caroline Garcia.

The NHL said it was “saddened by her passing and celebrates the remarkable life of Queen Elizabeth II. “He has a special place in the hearts of Canadians and has had a memorable connection to our game during his 70-year reign.”

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

Elizabeth’s lifelong passion in the world of sports was horse racing. Over the decades he owned hundreds of racehorses, including 22 winners of races at Royal Ascot.

“My philosophy on racing is simple,” he once told the BBC (via the Associated Press). “I enjoy breeding horses faster than others. And for me, it’s been a gamble for a long time. I like to go racing, but I guess I love horses and a thoroughbred personifies a very good horse to me.

“From Monaveen winning for the first time, through stars like Carrozza and Highclere, to the unforgettable Estimate, Her Majesty the Queen has helped shape the breed and contributed to moments that will go down in sporting folklore,” he said. This was reported by the Equestrian Authority on Thursday. He suspended all races until Friday.

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

Other suspensions involving English athletes include the England and Wales Cricket Board, Premier League Rugby, Rugby Football League and the Tour of Britain cycling race. The Tour of Britain, which had been scheduled for eight stages over several days, was suspended after the fifth stage on Thursday, with the classification leaders from that stage then announced as the winners of those races.

Formula 1 plans to feature three teams with deep ties to the UK – Aston Martin, McLaren and Williams – at Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” said George Russell, the British member of the Mercedes Formula 1 team, fourth in the drivers’ standings. message shared on the social network. “His devotion to our country and his gracious leadership have been an inspiration to 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 have also paid tribute to Elizabeth online.

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

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