Many sporting events including the Premier League have been postponded or cancelled as a period of national mourning begins.
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Last Updated: 10.52 AM, Sep 09, 2022
The death of the Queen has brought a numerous sporting event to a standstill on Friday. From England's 3rd Test against South Africa to Premier League matches, many sporting bodies have announced cancellations as the period of national mourning began.
In fact, some fixtures that will be taking place in the intervening period will see athletes wear black armbands and venues many observe pre-fixture silences with flags flying at half-mast.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had a board meeting on Thursday afternoon to call off Friday's play against South Africa.
While there is a possibility of a four-day Test will begin on Saturday, however, it will hamper the time the English side will have before they are due to fly to Pakistan on Wednesday for the T20 series which will begin in Karachi on September 20.
The BMW PGA Championship had begun but was halted as soon as the Queen's death was announced. There will be no play on Friday and the organisers are yet to decide whether the tournament will resume on Saturday.
The European Tour in a statement said: "She truly was an inspiration to people the world over. Out of respect for Her Majesty and the Royal Family, the play has been suspended at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club for the remainder of Thursday and flags at Wentworth Club will be lowered to half-mast."
While the clubs fulfilled their Europa League fixtures on Thursday night under guidance from UEFA, doubts over domestic matches still loom.
The Premier League in a statement said, "At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
"To honour her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend's Premier League match round will be postponed, including Monday evening's game."
Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, said: "We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty's long and unwavering service to our country.
"As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication.
"This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with all those in mourning her passing."
"Further updates regarding Premier League fixtures during the period of mourning will be provided in due course."
Sport overseas may go ahead as planned and sources within Formula 1 said the same about the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
The sport is planning a minute's silence with all teams on Friday and a minute's silence on the grid on Sunday could also take place.